Adam Sweeney and Tim Karplus are The Breaking, an alternative rock band mining the rich soundscape of mid-90s guitar pop. At once original and strikingly familiar, the band riffs on the sounds 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.
Founded by Sweeney as an electric singer-songwriter project in 2013, the band has become a full-on rock collaboration since Karplus joined as lead guitarist the following year. The guys take a Lennon-McCartney approach to songwriting, allowing them to generate material quickly. Karplus' sunny guitar hooks perfectly offset Sweeney's brooding sense of lyricism, forming songs that are at once catchy and profound.
The two round out their work with frequent collaborators on recordings and live shows, with engineer Rian Lewis (Priory), bassist Andre Zapata (The Weather Machine), and drummers Ben Kent (Ghosts I've Met), Alexandra Geffel (The Cabin Project, Skull Diver) and Mark Powers (M. Ward, Mbrascatu, Haley Johnsen).
The Breaking released their first music video "Future Fire" in May 2015, featuring guest vocals by Meagan Grandall of Seattle band Lemolo. The track was included on KINK.FM 101.9's Homegrown Music Compilation that fall. Frequenting Pacific Northwest venues like the Doug Fir Lounge, Mississippi Studios, Secret Society, Columbia City Theater and The High Dive, the band is expanding its territory along the entire West Coast in 2016.
"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
"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
"A blend of alternative rock and synth-pop, with more than a little psychedelica in the mix as well."
- The Portland Mercury (Portland, OR)
"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 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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