The Breaking rocking out.
Alternative Rock / Portland, Oregon


Jan 11
The Barboza
Seattle, WA
w/ Golden Idols, SHIVERTWINS
Jan 12
The Cellar Door
Port Townsend, WA
w/ The Big Average
Feb 1
The Old Church
Portland, OR
Unplugged with strings!
w/ Hutch Harris (of The Thermals)
Feb 13
Doug Fir Lounge
Portland, OR
w/ Moody Dudes, Melville, Skull Diver
Mar 8
Alberta Street Pub
Portland, OR
w/ The Weather Machine, Molter



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


Tim Karplus
Photo by: Sae Hee Photography
Adam Sweeney
Photo by: Sae Hee Photography
Rick Bouvette
Photo by: Sae Hee Photography
Adam, Ben & Tim
Photo by: Sarah Elise Abrahamson
Adam, Ben & Tim
Photo by: Sarah Elise Abrahamson
Adam, Ben & Tim
Photo by: Sarah Elise Abrahamson
Adam & Tim
Photo by: Mercy McNab
Adam & Tim
Photo by: Mercy McNab
Adam & Tim
Photo by: Mercy McNab


Store items are purchased via Bandcamp.

The Breaking (Vinyl)
The Breaking LP (Vinyl)
The Breaking (CD)
The Breaking LP (CD)
Gone Electric T-Shirt (Vintage Black)
Gone Electric T-Shirt (Vintage Black)
Gone Electric T-Shirt (Macchiato)
Gone Electric T-Shirt (Macchiato)
Current Through the Wire Shirt
Current Through the Wire T-Shirt
Gone Electric Button
Gone Electric Button


Alternative rock revivalists The Breaking stepped straight out of 1995. Mining the rich soundscape of mid-’90s guitar pop, the band draws inspiration from seminal acts like Failure, R.E.M., Soundgarden and early Radiohead, where brooding introspection gives way to anthemic choruses and infectious electric guitar hooks.

At once original and strikingly familiar, The Breaking crafts songs with mass appeal that remain firmly rooted in the alt rock tradition of the Cascadian glory days.

With frequent trips up and down the west coast, the band has shared the stage with acts like The Sherlocks, Avi Buffalo, Floater, Lemolo, Everest, Aaron Lee Tasjan and The Domestics.

Adam Sweeney - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Tim Karplus - lead guitar, backing vocals
Rick Bouvette - bass guitar, backing vocals
Cheo Larcombe - drums, backing vocals


"The Breaking has it going on! 'Gone Electric' emanates a powerful, irresistible sonic thrum... superb alt rock."
- Randy Radic, HuffPost   read full article

"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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