The Breaking rocking out.
Alternative Rock / Portland, Oregon

Shows

September 21
Blue Moon
Seattle, WA
w/ Pillow Junky
September 22
The Sports Center
Yakima, WA
September 23
The Shakedown
Bellingham, WA
w/ Mad Science, Surfer Yeti
September 24
Secret Society
Portland, OR
w/ Lemolo
October 5
Oberon's
Ashland, OR
October 6
The Pour House
Paso Robles, CA
October 7
Hop Monk
Sebastopol, CA
w/ Manzanita Falls
October 10
Frog & Peach
San Luis Obispo, CA
October 11
Crepe Place
Santa Cruz, CA
w/ Sharkmouth
October 12
Neck of the Woods
San Francisco, CA
w/ Sharkmouth, Enryo
October 13
The Dip
Redding, CA
October 14
Art Boutiki
San Jose, CA
w/ Red Fences
November 17
River City Saloon
Hood River, OR
w/ Sundiver
February 1
Sam Bond's Garage
Eugene, OR

Music

Video

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

Photos

 
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

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

Bio

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, while bassist Rick Bouvette ties it all together with a punchy low end. The band crafts original 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 band rounds out their work with frequent collaborators on recordings and live shows, with producer Rian Lewis (D.R.A.M., Priory) and drummers Mark Powers (M. Ward, Robert Wynia, Haley Johnsen), Cheo Larcombe (March Forth), Alexandra Geffel (Skull Diver, The Cabin Project), and Ben Kent (Ghosts I've Met).

Press

"The Breaking has it going on! 'Gone Electric' emanates a powerful, irresistible sonic thrum. The contagious melody tumbles with a tantalizing rhythm that oozes into your soul, while Sweeney's compelling voice suffuses the tune with tumescent dynamics that undulate hauntingly... 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)

Contact

press: alex@publicdisplaypr.com
email: dudes@the-breaking.com
facebook: facebook.com/thebreakingpdx
twitter: twitter.com/thebreakingband
instagram: instagram.com/thebreakingpdx
bandcamp: thebreaking.bandcamp.com

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