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June 18, 2008

Roots artist blurs the line between country and punk

DANVILLE — Her music is imbued with the lilting wail and hardened pathos of country music. It just so happens it’s delivered with spiked-hair and safety-pin-in-the-nose glee.

And Sarah Borges wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s not a conscious effort. It just comes out that way,” she said of the raucous roots sound she’s developed with her band the Broken Singles. “I write some songs and we give them the treatment appropriate for our band. Because we use a pedal-steel guitar, they do have a country element to them. But we just think they’re rock songs all the way around.”

While the somewhat strange bedfellows has allowed this partnership to carve out a niche within the music scene, it’s not without its problems. Namely that’s in the marketing of the band.

“Not everybody knows what to do with music like ours because it is so varied,” Borges said. “I always equate it to anyone’s record collection. I don’t think there’s that many people who own just one style of music.”

That’s certainly true with Borges. As a 1990s high-schooler in Taunton, Mass., alternative rock was king of the music charts. She soon delved into punk, discovering the correlation between the style and its influence on her favorite alternative bands. The guys who would comprise the Broken Singles (guitarist Mike Castellana, bassist Binky, and drummer Rob Dulaney) introduced her to country.

Borges didn’t start writing her own music until college. Musical theater was her talent up until then. But the atmosphere proved more competitive than her aspirations.

“People are serious about it and you have to be dedicated,” she said. “Music was always my favorite part of musical theater as opposed to the acting and dance parts. I decided to focus on that.”

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