My Music DNA: 39 Broad Street

South Wales indie rockers 39 Broad Street are back with their new energy driven second single, Stay.

The roots of the band originated in September 2013 when Singer/Songwriter Rowan Coombes met Lead Guitarist Tom Greening on a music performance course at Coleg Gwent, Crosskeys. They have since written songs together and in 2019 decided to move their musical direction towards an Emo/Indie Rock Band, inspired by American bands such as Citizen

Joined by Greening’s younger brother, Adam on bass and Ben Hopkins on drums, 39 Broad Street released their debut single Back To Earth in March 2020.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, 39 Broad Street released a stripped back EP Walls featuring 4 acoustic versions of previously unreleased songs.  

Andy Howells recently put questions to the band and discovered their music inspirations.

39 Broad Street’s second single is called Stay

What was the first song that made an impact on you?

Rowan: Everlong by Foo Fighters was probably the first song I heard which I really loved

Tom: Motorhead – Aces of Spades, I must have been about 3 years old and obsessed with that song.

Ben: I was into Queen and pop punk like Sum 41 and Blink-182 before I really paid attention to music, but my awakening was probably Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘No One Knows’, which is also the song that convinced me I wanted to play drums.

Adam: The Trooper by Iron Maiden

What was the first single you bought?

Rowan: I remember getting Meant To Live by Switchfoot as a Christmas present because it was on Spider-Man.

Tom: I honestly can’t remember, probably something rock/metal that came out around 2008 ish.

Ben: It was probably a NOFX song.

Adam: Not Ready to Die by Avenged Sevenfold was the first single I ever bought.

What was the first album you owned?

Rowan: I remember buying Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers with my Christmas money when I was 11 or 12.

Tom: Decade in The Sun – Stereophonics, went to see them on that tour in Cardiff as well.

Ben: I bought Escape the Fate’s Dying is Your Latest Fashion after seeing them at the first ever gig I went to.

Adam: AC/DC Rock or Bust was the first album I ever bought.

What’s your constant go to track?

Rowan: Chris Stapleton – Parachute, always in the mood to listen to it.

Tom: Currently can’t stop listening to Burning Heart by Survivor from Rocky 4, you can’t beat those training montage scenes!

Ben: Turisas’ cover of Rasputin is a solid jam and takes me back to my school days.

Adam: True Survivor by David Hasselhoff

What’s your constant go to album?

Rowan: John Mayer – Continuum, a modern classic in my opinion.

Tom: Depends on mood, Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers, I don’t think there’s a weak song on that, but also listening to Good Kid, m.A.A.d City by Kendrick Lamar all the way through is like sitting down and watching a film.

Ben: Again, probably a NOFX album – Wolves in Wolves’ Clothing, if I had to pick one.

Adam: U2 – The Joshua Tree, I’ve always loved the album since I was little.

Who’s your latest music discovery?

Rowan: I’ve recently gotten into Dermot Kennedy who I’m now a big fan of.

Tom: Not really my discovery, but my girlfriend showed me a band called SPINN and I’m a big fan.

Ben: I went through a Moonsorrow phase during the most recent lockdown – they’re a little heavier than 39 Broad Street though…

Adam: I’ve recently got into local indie band called ‘The Now’, they were played on the radio after us and I’m hooked!

What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?

Rowan: Out of the songs we have out at present, Walls probably sums up my song writing in the best way. But there are some new ones which aren’t released yet which I think represents my song writing better.

Tom: Got to be Back to Earth, the second verse with staccato riff in particular, my favourite riff I’ve ever written is on a song called ‘Flood’ but you’ll have to wait to hear that one.

Ben: I’d have to say Back to Earth, as it’s the first big song by the band where I could build up the drum track completely from scratch. Most of our other songs were written before I joined. So that song is 100% me, drum-wise.

Adam: The Border defines me the most out of our own songs.

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