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WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM THE BREAKDOWN – WHEN IT COMES TO THINGS LIKE LOVE

‘The future’s dead/it died a long time ago’ is an opening lyric as bleak as it is intriguing. But perhaps such intrigue is to be expected from a group whose origin story is as serendipitous as the Breakdown’s.

A chance meeting in 2019 saw the Londoners – who performed in a band together fifteen years prior to this coincidental encounter – rejuvenate their craft by forming the quartet now known as The Breakdown (a name likely inspired by frenetic exchanges between band’s members who couldn’t decide what to call themselves).

A global pandemic later and their debut album – Open the Barricades – finally saw release last year. It is expected to be a similarly busy year for the quartet, beginning with the release of new single ‘When it Comes to Things Like Love’.

Given the band’s hiring of producer Paul Tipler – whose past credits include working with the beguiling Placebo – it is unsurprising that the guitars are harsh and biting, even by the standards of alternative rock, combining well with hauntingly dour vocals.

Most striking are its lyrics, telling of how – ‘when it comes to things like love’ –  the protagonist would ‘rather gouge [their] eyes out’, which is the sort of lyric Morrissey would deliver, part comedically, part conceitedly.

It’s a difficult chorus to digest. To some it will be compelling while others will take issue with such excessively blunt words. Either way, it’s a vociferous way to start 2022.