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David Thomas Broughton – Biography
David Thomas Broughton occupies a contentious position, divides opinion, unsettles, is self-consciously clumsy, hilarious, beautiful but above all memorable. Walls of noise and layers of beauty interweave and delight at every turn. Many people use loops these days. Broughton includes the glitches, mistakes, and the resulting comedy in his act, works with what he has, and moves on. His performance can be unsettling and potentially confrontational.
Broughton writes songs of beauty, with classic themes of love, pain, hurt, suicide, depression, teenage angst etc… It’s just they come out with a comedic twist and are rarely reproduced in a live setting as they are heard on record.
Released at the end of 2014, ‘Sliding the Same Way’ is a collaboration with adventurous a cappella trio Juice. It spans the hymnal to human beatbox, discord to angelic harmony, with lyrical themes displaying the weaknesses of men, via rural imagery and sombre love songs, to the decline of northern industry and pub brawls.
The current release is a 3LP with each of the three volumes released by 3 different labels in 3 different countries. A review of the project can be found here: https://monolithcocktail.com/2016/04/04/our-daily-bread-207-david-thomas-broughton-crippling-lack/
David is the subject of a documentary “The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton” which started screening in 2015.
Broughton’s live shows are miniature spectacles: He roams through the crowd and uses furniture as percussion. He layers sounds in slightly haphazard ways, as though his songs weren’t so holy that he couldn’t subject them to chance.
Mike Powell 6.9 – Pitchfork June 2011
straddling the line between music hall turn and avant-garde performance artist, Broughton’s live show is not to be missed.
MOJO May 2011
arguably the most staggering live musician in the country.
Sonny Baker – MOJO August 2010
The most brilliant and baffling show I’m likely to see this year
Hank Schteamer, Time Out New York – 2010
DTB site: http://www.davidthomasbroughton.co.uk
Watch: videos page
Owen Richards took some decently nice photos a while back. You should get him to give you some or take some more if you need.
In the meantime see these archive comments:
Show at West Germany, Berlin, March 2010