The Breaking rocking out.
New Alternative Rock / Portland, Oregon

Shows

Feb 10
The Cellar Door
Port Townsend, WA
Feb 11
The Sports Center
Yakima, WA
Feb 12
High Dive
Seattle, WA
w/ Timberfoot, Bob Fossil
Feb 16
Hotel Utah
San Francisco, CA
w/ Chilindrina, Nine Pound Shadow
Feb 17
Hopmonk
Sebastopol, CA
w/ Girls & Boys, Sharkmouth
Feb 18
The Pour House
Paso Robles, CA
Feb 19
Que Sera
Long Beach, CA
w/ Jason Paul
Feb 24
Axe and Fiddle
Cottage Grove, OR
w/ Flies With Honey
Feb 25
Alberta Street Pub
Portland, OR
w/ 4th Wall, The Cabin Project

Music

Video

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

Photos

 
Adam: Doug Fir Lounge
Photo by: John Macy
 
Tim: Secret Society
Photo by: Sarai Engel
 
Doug Fir Lounge
Photo by: John Macy
 
Tim: Doug Fir Lounge
Photo by: John Macy
 
Adam: Doug Fir Lounge
Photo by: John Macy
 
Tim: Secret Society
Photo by: Sarai Engel
 
Adam: Secret Society
Photo by: Sarai Engel
 
Tim: Doug Fir Lounge
Photo by: John Macy
 
Secret Society
Photo by: Sarai Engel

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, 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., Live and Foo Fighters.

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

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

Press

"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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