Here’s Your Breakdown – ‘Dear You’ EP

Here’s Your Breakdown – London, England, United Kingdom


Here’s Your Breakdown are a three-piece from London. There are three of them and they play music. I think that’s commonly referred to as a band. A music band.

Earlier this year, the band released their second EP, entitled, Dear You. Now, after listening to the band’s first release, Novella, from back in 2014, it’s clear they have matured and honed their musicianship.

Now, If I’m honest, I wasn’t too keen on the first release. The recording isn’t great and despite the clear effort from the band, it could have been better. Speaking of better, here one of the better tracks, ‘Years Burning Down’. Better.

Influences: ‘Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Blink 182, Rise Against, Paramore, Fightstar and Dashboard Confessional’

Anyway, that was then and this, most certainly, is now. The band’s melodic blend of Emo, Pop-Punk and ballsy Pop-Rock has moved on up into a new release, so let’s sit back and prepare the feels.

‘My coffee’s getting cold, the caffeine hasn’t kicked in yet.

Things are just getting old, things we haven’t seen yet…’

Feels. In all seriousness, the opener isn’t a bad one. The vocals have already improved, and a nice sad little number led by a sombre acoustic guitar is just what Dr. Feel prescribed. The opening lyric, (the aforementioned if you’re yet to listen), is both delivered, and delivers, very well.

Does anyone remember the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus? The tuneful and catchy, but painfully scene, Emo band from the early 2000’s? Well, Here’s Your Breakdown aren’t quite that token, but this track, in particular the vocals, sent my memory (unfortunately) back that way. There’s also a little bit of Taking Back Sunday in there somewhere, maybe from Louder Now perhaps? See what you think:

It’s not even that bad of a song. The guitars are plugged in and there’s a nice level of grit in there. It’s still not my cuppa, but still, I can appreciate it and see fans of this stuff nodding happily.

‘Ocean’s’ isn’t a band one either. Tuneful and melodic Pop-Rock that boasts enough vocal and guitar melodies to keep any Emo-Pop aficionado happy.

‘Revenge (Of The Vamp Kids)’ wasn’t exactly filling me with confidence with its title, but that said, the band’s Pop-Punk-isms, which are largely absent from this release, poke their heads up – just – nicely in the chorus, and can especially be noticed within the annoyingly catchy and not-getting-out-of-your-head-anytime-soon melodies.

The above is a Rockier track overall, but it prepares you for the finale. It’s ‘Shadows’, and once more, the intro has a more Rock-like foundation, while the opening verse boasts a set of bouncy Pop-Rock. A verse that forces a reminiscing of bands such as Panic! At The Disco, and all the the other pseudo Pop-Punk that dominated the early 2000’s.

I may not be a fan of this kind of music, almost at all, but this final track is decent, particularly the guitar rhythms and melodies. I’m not going to embed it, however, because I’m a d*ck like that and I’m not going to do all the work for you. No, this is one you must go and find for yourself – and all the links you could possibly need to find the band will be posted in just a few words time.

Objectively, as a whole, as much as I was hoping for a refinement of the the band’s Pop-Punk side, this, more Alt. Rock driven sound, not only suits them, but shows positive progression. They certainly haven’t done a bad job, and if tuneful Emo-Pop Rock is your thing, then this is a band that play music and be from London, so you should maybe check them out, yeah?

Those links I was rambling about are below:


Matthew Speer

Matt has 2.1 BA in History and is most likely somewhere in his twenties. He enjoys a wide range of music, but has a strong penchant for Punk-Rock. Originally he hails from the Isle Of Wight off the South Coast of England, UK and spends most of his time around England's South-West.

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