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The Rock-itt : March 2010
single, 'Cylinders', which captivated everyone's attention showing us what we could expect from their musical dynamics. When I closed my eyes I could have sworn I was at a Midnight Oil concert, only I was listening to new songs and the power and dynamics of the rhythm section taking such control to the effect that you kind of forgot about the need to hear any vocals. A lot of their tracks are named after legendary surf breaks and some of the highlight tracks were : 'Squid, Birdman, Farm, Surfing Priests, Oysters Stomp, Mystics, Massacres' (really rock'n things up!) and of course 'Cyclops' to finish the set on a high note! As I was hoping, the band offered the very supporting crowd a real treat by playing one the most famous Australian instrumental songs ever written by Midnight Oil 'Wedding Cake Island', which got a huge reaction! The Break really rocked, with Brian Richie's thumping bass and occasional vocals along with the fusion of Martin's and Jim's contemporary psycho surf rock guitar rhythms mixed with Jim's keyboards and driven by the unmistakable trademark powerhouse drumming of Rob Hirst. The band apparently auditioned some really good vocalists but decided to let the music rule on its own. According to Rob Hirst, the vocals only tended to complicate things. This band's intention is to really have fun and as they are all really great mates it seemed to be a natural thing to do. It's exciting allowing the synergism of greatly talented friends play with the sense of a real liveness and dynamics where eye contact and cues between the guys are essential to manoeuvre their creative energies. As Jim Moginie explains "We've found the lack of vocals opens up all sorts of possibilities in the music that we couldn't have even imagined in our wildest dreams. Getting Brian in was important because he's such a strong ensemble player and catalyst". To find out when The Break is playing next and for more information check out their websites : www.thebreak.net.au www.myspace.com/thebr eakau