Broken Alphas are an UK rock band that formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in
2010. The band's current line-up includes Mark Hawthorne (lead vocals),
Ricky Fleming (bass guitar), Del Campbell (rhythm guitar), and brothers
Marc Sneddon (lead guitar) Paul Sneddon (drums)
Formed after the demise of a previous band, Broken Alphas broke into the
Glasgow music scene after Marc, Paul and former guitarist Grant Monahan
recruited Ricky Fleming on bass and Mark Hawthorne as lead singer.
Straight away the band were been booked for shows at some of Glasgow top
venues including The Ferry, The Cathouse, and The Garage.
Thanks to David Bash, founder and CEO of the International Pop Overthrow
Festival (IPO), Broken Alphas opened IPO Liverpool 2011 at the world
famous Cavern Pub, and played later that evening at the Backstage in the
even more famous Cavern Club. They went down so well that they were
invited to the London IPO at the Bull and Gate, and are featured on this
years IOP CD – Volume 14. David went on to quote,
"Broken Alphas, who came down from that hotbed of musical activity,
Glasgow, Scotland. Try to imagine what a grunge band might sound like if
they had strong pop leanings, and you've just about got them as lead
vocalist Mark Hawthorne has a resemblance to Eddie Vedder, without
sounding obnoxious in any way. I really look forward to seeing these
guys at IPO London!"
In June 2011, Grant Monahan left the Alphas, and Del Campbell was
brought in to fill in for there biggest show to date, playing on the
Main Stage at the Tall Ships Festival in Greenock in front of their
largest crowd to date. Del’s performance and attitude won him the gig
full time and the band have already starter to write new material for
there up coming shows.
Where does the band name ‘Broken Alphas’ come from? Well, it comes from a
recent possible discovery about alpha or the fine-structure constant
(one of the fundamental constants that are integral to the ‘laws’ of
physics), that suggests it may not be as unchangeable throughout the
universe as was always thought.
If alpha has been ‘broken’ in this way it essentially alters the way we
have always explained the natural world and the universe we exist in,
and might even provide a way of studying higher dimensions.
So. ‘Broken Alphas’. Not your typical band name. Not your typical band.
Proving that the universe is stranger, and perhaps more melodic, than we