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Me and My Broken Heart

A Review of the popular U.K. band, Rixton

February 3, 2015

In a world where boy bands seem to pop up everywhere from nowhere, particularly in the non-American formation; Rixton is a different band originally from the UK. Rixton consists of four members: Jake Roche – lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Charley Bagnall – lead guitar, backing vocals, Danny Wilkin – bass and keyboards, backing vocals, and Lewi Morgan – drums and occasional backing vocals.  Wilkin and Roche began writing songs together after high school. Later on, the duo was joined by Bagnall through mutual friends, and lastly Morgan joined after Jake’s girlfriend (at the time) introduced them.

Their sound is prominently pop/R&B, taken after artists such as Maroon 5 and Chris Brown. Rixton’s initial claim to fame came through posting their creative covers onto YouTube. The band’s talent and sense of humor attracted the attention of talent manager, Scooter Braun, who also signed many artists, including Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.

In 2013, they released the music video, “Make Out,” which consisted of parodies of popular songs at the time. The music video received more than a million views, despite the song never being released as a single. Their first actual single, “Me and My Broken Heart,” wasn’t released until early 2014.  The song went on to chart in many countries and peaked at number 14 in the United States. “Wait On Me” followed as the next single after the Me and My Broken Heart EP was released. In 2015, “Hotel Ceiling” became Rixton’s third single, which is to be followed by their first official studio album, Let The Road. Let The Road will be released on March 3, 2015.

I think Rixton’s music is refreshing, compared to the insistent pop/rock other boy bands are known for. It still has those influences, but adds the r&b/soul vibe that gives it a new spin. The songs Rixton has showcased so far have contained the famous heartbreak theme, but also a more sensual, mature lyric and energy. If you’re looking for a boy band that creates a more urban sound, then Rixton should definitely be next on your playlist.

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