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THE BREAKDOWN

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM THE BREAKDOWN – MODERN LIES

If there’s one thing this country has to be proud of, it’s Britpop. The iconic combination of clangy overdriven guitars topped with whiney male vocals, droning on about everyday life, miraculously captivated the whole nation.

Today, the Britpop craze is gone but not forgotten. Many fans still revel in its glory, hoping that a revival may be on the horizon. A full revamp of the genre seems unlikely, given how diverse everyone’s tastes have become, but it can never be ruled out. And that’s thanks to a handful of artists still flying the Britpop flag.

THE BREAKDOWN

A group doing just so is The Breakdown. Hailing from London’s dynamic music scene, the band have been credited for attempting to reignite the genre’s dying flame through their vibrant melodic rock songs. Their latest release, Modern Lies, dropped at the end of March.

The action commences abruptly, with no hesitation as the aforementioned “whiney male vocals” begin. Mike Connell sings atop upbeat drums and trebly guitar that mirrors the rhythm of his voice. It’s nice, peppy, and displays the members’ talents. Meanwhile, the use of obvious characteristics lends the track credibility. But it’s nothing revolutionary.

Produced by Andy Stevens, The Breakdown claims that Modern Lies is them advancing as a group. And, listening to their previous releases, this one does have more of an edge to it.

The tune has a lot of sonic character, from dynamics to added effects, and it’s thematically relatable as the lyrics explore the phenomenon of digital identity surrounding social media. However, it’s not convincing as the band’s full potential. It feels like there must be more.

The image of The Breakdown leading the Britpop revival isn’t an unimaginable one. They are in the right place. However, there’s much more about this band to focus on than whether or not they’ll be at the helm of resuscitating a dead genre. The five-piece has bags of talent behind them, and clearly a lot of passion for their craft. They deserve recognition as The Breakdown, as their own entity.

If Modern Lies is your induction to The Breakdown, judge it for what it is – not what it could be.

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