Best Not Broken
"I don't follow my dreams. I dream my dreams. Then I wake up and make them come true." And now, says Eric Jackson, founder of the band Best Not Broken, "I'm finally on to the big one." Not that the others were small. One could hardly make a case that playing professional soccer, completing a Master's Degree from MIT, starting three businesses and developing affordable housing for low-income families was just a warm up. But in life, all things are relative. "This is big because this is who I am," says Jackson. "I am a songwriter first." He's got a point. Despite the varied chapters in this young man's life, nothing has been more consistent for him than music. After picking up the guitar in the 6th grade – a used, nylon-string classical acoustic that he still keeps under his bed – music has been with him every step of the way. After just a few years of developing song ideas he thought he might be on to something when he was selected as a finalist in a songwriting competition sponsored by Rock 101 WGIR FM for a song he wrote about a friend. So he kept writing, performing, and developing his craft. In high school in rural New Hampshire, he would write songs after soccer practice; in college, at Northeastern University in Boston, he spent his spare evenings at the campus recording studio; in graduate school at MIT, he spent weekends strolling through Harvard Square and up Massachusetts Avenue in search of a gig. It turns out he found one. And with his band's recent success, he's probably going to find more. A lot more.
Best Not Broken took its current shape in 2007 and has quickly evolved from a local pub favorite to one with burgeoning regional popularity. The alternative-pop-rock quintet draws influence from genres as diverse as the experiences that shape its songs. With rhythmic underpinnings that draw from Britpop, post-punk, and reggae, melodic themes that blend a reminiscence of 80's synth-pop with new age industrial rock, and lush lyrical landscapes rooted in singer-songwriter sensibility, the band has forged a sound that is uniquely contemporary and definitively its own.