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Broken's keeping edge, losing screams

May 31, 2013


May 31--Layla "Brooklyn" Allman grew up in a musical family -- but she didn't use the connection to help her get into the music industry.

Allman, yes, the daughter of Gregg Allman, is the lead singer and keyboardist for the rock band Picture Me Broken. She formed the band officially in 2005 at the age of 12 with bassist Austin Dunn. Since then Dante Phoenix, Jimmy Strimpel and Shaun Foist were added.

"There have been a lot of changes in the band and I think with the new players we've got a great group of musicians," she says during a recent interview. "With the addition of the new guys our sound has changed and with that we wanted to head into the studio to get some new music out."

The result is the four-song EP "Mannequins," which was released last year.

Allman says when the band was starting, she made friends with students who played instruments.

"I would walk around the playground and just sit and make music," she says.

Allman says the band was planning to release a new full-length then realized that an EP would be enough until a full album could be done.

"We've been away for some time and we knew our fans wanted something else," she explains. "This was also a chance to give the fans a taste of our new sound."

Picture Me Broken was known for its "screamo and metalcore" sound. With the new EP, the band has softened their sound and used less screaming.

"I've been an advocate of rock music and I was inspired to breathe new life into it," she says. "Now that I'm growing up and discovering more, I want to play more straight-up rock music."

In addition to being a young band that has achieved a lot, Picture Me Broken snagged the opening slot for the Alice Cooper/Marilyn Manson "Masters of Madness -- Shock Therapy" tour.

"I don't know how we got on the bill, but we're ecstatic," she says. "These are two icons in shock rock. I know they are pulling out all the stops. We're definitely going to up our game, but keep it comfortable for us."


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