Fresh swell on the horizon set to BREAK!

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The_Break - Photo_by_tony_mott   Australia’s most exciting new surf rock outfit THE BREAK are primed to deliver a power packed set when the band perform tracks from their debut album ‘Church Of The Open Sky’ live at a venue near you during April and May. Audiences will be treated to a mind blowing experience as classic surf meets spy-fi psychedelia when the three core members of Midnight Oil; drummer Rob Hirst, guitarists Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey, join with bass player Brian Ritchie of Violent Femmes to present a whole new and contemporary approach to the surf music genre.

THE BREAK’S first official tour kicks off on the Easter weekend with festival appearances at Victoria’s hip and happenin’ Boogie Fest and the esteemed Blues Fest in Byron Bay. On Good Friday the band will take their unique surf sounds to The Westernport Hotel on Victoria’s Phillip Island – an area renowned for its pumping surf – which is particularly apt as many of the tracks from the album are named after hot surf breaks.

Following a stupendous introduction to Sydney fans in February, the band will return to The Annandale Hotel on April 11th to officially introduce their new album ‘Church Of The Open Sky’ released on April 16th on the independent Bombora label through MGM. On April 20th they’ll turn on the local Newcastle fans with a special show at Lizotte’s at Lambton. From there THE BREAK team up with their mighty mates The Hoodoo Gurus as special guests for select shows on The Gurus ‘Purity Of Essence’ tour. Being old mates expect the unexpected as the two bands hit the road for the first time ever!

THE BREAK brings a sheer raw vitality and phenomenal force to the surf rock genre. Their powerhouse modern retro sound does of course have that unmistakable whiff of Oil but unlike anything the band has done before THE BREAK explore new horizons and obscure influences whilst tipping the occasional nod to 60’s legends such as Ennio Morricone, Joe Meek, Link Wray and Dick Dale as well as the psychedelic musical meanderings of San Francisco’s Mermen with whom Ritchie has played on numerous occasions. Indeed, freedom and breaking rules is what the music of THE BREAK is all about. The dynamic musical interplay between the four members ensures that the music itself remains fresh and not overly produced.

Commenting on the forthcoming tour, drummer, Rob Hirst said,

“We can’t wait to play the Easter shows and tour with the Gurus. We feel like we’re just beginning and there’s a great spirit and energy in the band. Live The Break is turning into a totally different beast with lots of inventive jamming and experimentation.”

Catch THE BREAK on tour at the following venues:

THE BREAK – ‘Church Of The Open Sky’ TOUR DATES

Friday April 2nd – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, Phillip Island, VIC
Tickets: from the venue 03 5678 5205 and

Saturday April 3rd – Boogie Festival, Tallarook, VIC
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Sunday April 4th – East Coast Blues Festival, Byron Bay, NSW
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Sunday April 11th – The Annandale Hotel , Sydney, NSW (Afternoon show)
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Tuesday April 20th – Lizotte’s, Lambton, Newcastle, NSW
Tickets Tel: 02 4956 2066 or

Thursday April 29th – Hi Fi Bar – Brisbane, QLD – As special guests to The Hoodoo Gurus and with The Gun Street Girls
Tickets: 1300THEHIFI (1300 843 4434) or online

Friday April 30th – Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, NSW – As special guests to The Hoodoo Gurus and with The Gun Street Girls
Tickets: Bookings 1800 014 014 or visit

Saturday May 1st – Yamba Bowling Club, NSW – As special guests to The Hoodoo Gurus
Tickets: The venue Ph 02 6646 2305 or on line at

Friday May 7th – Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA – As special guests to The Hoodoo Gurus

Saturday May 8th – Hi Fi Bar – Melbourne, VIC – As special guests to The Hoodoo Gurus and with The Gun Street Girls
Tickets: 1300THEHIFI (1300 843 4434) or online

THE BREAK – debut album – ‘Church Of The Open Sky’ – available Friday 16 April, 2010 on Bombora through MGM

Rob Hirst – drums and percussion
Jim Moginie – guitars and keyboards
Martin Rotsey – guitar
Brian Ritchie – bass and vocals