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The Rock-itt : March 2010
Review and Photos by DaveTozer.com.au (for more photos www.myspace.com/davetozerphotos) The Break are Midnight Oil's Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey who have joined forces with bass player Brian Ritchie of US group Violent Femmes to form this new surf rock band. Their debut album 'Church of the Open Sky' will be released on Friday 16th April on the Bombora label through MGM. Currently their new single 'Cylinders' is riding the airwaves and is available on itunes. It's a big night at the Fishos with the band's first public/official Sydney show. As Rob Hirst said, "We are back where it all started for us 30 years ago on the Northern Beaches (Narrabeen) when we first started Midnight Oil, so its symbolic that we return to the stage here with our new band." The night kicks off with Royal Chan,t a young band from Port Macquarie, who have been recently in the studio with well-known producer Wayne Connolly. They put on an impressive, tight, energetic show with their indie/fuzz rock that was well received by the crowd. For more information visit www.myspace.com/royalchant Next on the bill was The Future Device, Northern Beaches based garage electro kick 'n rock band. It was great to see the dynamics of the two vocalists, Scotty and Amy performing together giving this band an exciting edge. With a large contingent of musicians on stage the band played with precision their high energy keyboard/guitar driven tunes which were really well appreciated by the large crowd. For more information visit www.myspace.com/thefuturedevi ce To an almost capacity packed crowd pushing against the stage barriers specially erected for this show, The Break hit the stage showing us how a band can replace lead vocals with the power of their pulsating psycho surf rock tunes. This was driven by the powerhouse Midnight Oil rhythm section with the addition of Violent Femmes bass guitarist, Brian Ritchie. After their introduction, the band wasted no time playing their new 3 parts Oil (ex Midnight Oil) 1 part Femmes (ex Violent Femmes)