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Broken Leaf began life doing solo gigs under the name Teflon Monkey, in much the same style as Bert Jansch or Nick Drake. A lot of people seemed to quite like this, and he got the chance to support bands such as Super Furry Animals, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Hefner, Mountain Men Anonymous, Murry the Hump and The Webb Brothers, along with a range of diabolical Welsh bands. Indeed, the Super Furry Animals liked him enough to ask him to record an EP, entitled ‘Farming In Space’, with the legendary Gorwel Owen for their Placid Casual label.
In late 2002, a letter came. Such letters have changed the world, this one made the monkey angry. DuPont (owners of the Teflon trademark) wrote saying that it was illegal to use the word Teflon in any other context than the chemical. On that day, Teflon Monkey became Tephlon Monkey. Then, another letter came - Tephlon still wasn't quite legal.
So Broken Leaf was born.
He now has another four fearsome musicians playing behind him – his disgruntled employees. They currently trade a fantastic line in hushed Jim O’Rourke/Low/Will Oldham-esque quietness, but know how to make noise too in that Bright Eyes/Dinosaur Jr kind of way.