The Breaking rocking out.
Alternative Rock / Portland, Oregon


July 6
HiFi Lounge
Eugene, OR
w/ Flies With Honey
July 7
The Cellar Door
Port Townsend, WA
July 8
Hood River, OR
July 14
The Swiss
Tacoma, WA
w/ The Fun Police
July 21
High Dive
Seattle, WA
w/ FM Collective
(ft. members of The Posies)
August 17
Sunset Tavern
Seattle, WA
R.E.M. Tribute Night
August 23
Seattle, WA
w/ Ronhaar
September 22
The Sports Center
Yakima, WA
September 24
Secret Society
Portland, OR
w/ Lemolo
October 6
The Pour House
Paso Robles, CA
October 7
Hop Monk
Sebastopol, CA
w/ Manzanita Falls
October 14
The Dip
Redding, CA



Music Video: 'Time Waits'
Music Video: 'Future Fire'
Live: 'Sandalwood'
Live: 'Head in the Sand'
Live: 'Dark Circles'


Adam, Ben & Tim
Photo by: Sarah Elise Abrahamson
Adam, Ben & Tim
Photo by: Sarah Elise Abrahamson
Adam, Ben & Tim
Photo by: Sarah Elise Abrahamson
Conor Byrne Pub
Photo by: Paige Coluccio
Adam: Conor Byrne Pub
Photo by: Paige Coluccio
Conor Byrne Pub
Photo by: Paige Coluccio
Adam & Tim
Photo by: Mercy McNab
Adam & Tim
Photo by: Mercy McNab
Adam & Tim
Photo by: Mercy McNab
Adam: Doug Fir Lounge
Photo by: John Macy
Tim: Secret Society
Photo by: Sarai Engel
Adam: Secret Society
Photo by: Sarai Engel


The Pacific Northwest has long been known as a stronghold of alternative rock, although Portland's relatively recent rise to 'cultural mecca' has created something of a faddish scene that barely resembles its roots. Nonetheless, The Breaking - a band of 90's-raised Northwesterners from the Rose City - still carry the torch that illuminated their upbringing. Their debut self-titled LP is a testament to the depth of that artistic heritage.

The Breaking challenges convention in a way that earns the group an edge and authenticity. The songs are deliberate and gripping, and the band uses their contradicting influences to great advantage. Front-man Adam Sweeney's penchant for brooding minor-key introspection collides with lead guitarist Tim Karplus' affinity for mainstream pop hooks, crafting songs with mass appeal that remain firmly rooted in the alt rock tradition of the Cascadian glory days.

At once original and strikingly familiar, their debut LP is reminiscent of early Radiohead, R.E.M., Oasis and U2's Achtung Baby.

With two exploratory EPs under their belts, the band has landed on their definitive sound and channeled it into a debut full-length record, released in 2017. The Breaking has been bringing their energy-infused live shows to venues around the west coast from their native Portland, Oregon.

The two round out their work with frequent collaborators on recordings and live shows, with producer Rian Lewis (D.R.A.M., Priory), bassist Andre Zapata (Moorea Masa, Jimmy Russell's Party City), and drummers Alexandra Geffel (Skull Diver, The Cabin Project), Ben Kent (Ghosts I've Met) and Mark Powers (M. Ward, Robert Wynia, Haley Johnsen).


"The Breaking are a crisp rock group, who have seemed to tap into some 90s alt rock nostalgia that many groups can only say they embody."
- Next Northwest

"Portland-based The Breaking is a newfound love for classic alternative fans. Reminiscent of Gin Blossoms, Meat Puppets and Toad The Wet Sprocket, these guys are the real deal... really fun, and very nostalgic."
- Cellar Door, Port Townsend, WA

"An alternative rock band from Portland, Oregon that mines the rich soundscape of mid-90s guitar pop."
- Global Texan Chronicles   read full article

"Appealing in its originality and familiarity… the music of the 90's is alive in Portland!"
– Kelly Jones, Portland Radio Project (Portland, OR)   read full article

"There's something always to be said for good old fashioned rock and roll. The Breaking have no pretense about what they are, which is refreshing. They're straight-laced alt-rock."
- Jimmy Donnellan, Cultured Vultures

"Though they ripple with a soft fluidity and rich echoing vocals, The Breaking's tunes exhibit a rigidity that reverberates with the concept of controlled chaos... It's a deftly executed idea... and one—even in a musical mecca like Portland—that feels brand new."
– Ethan Maffey, The Source Weekly (Bend, OR)   read full article

"The Breaking prides itself as a '90s alternative rock revival band and criticizes the faddish Portland music scene... I would definitely prefer to listen to the earnest vocals of Adam Sweeney wailing away on a song like Gone Electric than another crappy [Portland] psych band filled with industry homies."
- Blake Hickman, Willamette Week (Portland, OR)

"A blend of alternative rock and synth-pop, with more than a little psychedelica in the mix as well."
- The Portland Mercury (Portland, OR)

"The Breaking hits the ground running with their debut EP, Current Through The Wire. The tracks thoroughly grasp the band's vintage rock sound… and will leave you hungry for more. This is a superb debut from a band with some serious musical chops."
– Ellene Smith, KZME 107.1FM (Portland, OR)

"Swirling psychedelic harmonies, jangly 12-string and growling reverb-laden electric guitars."
– The Southeast Examiner (Portland, OR)



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