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The Breakers DK
Here For A Laugh
Funzalo Records
www.thebreakers.dk


It's not easy to find out who The Breakers are. It probably doesn't help that they share their name with another rock band called The Breakers and that their label's link to the band's website is broken. All you need to know is that The Breakers were formed in Denmark in 2002 and they are full of catchy, punchy rock with some country licks thrown in for good measure. They have a fresh sound, as though they've recently made the jump from bar band gigs to playing bigger venues and they're excited about it. There's an air in the music of a band that knows it's on the way up.

Here For A Laugh kicks off with "Dance The Go-Go" which gives lead singer Toke Nisted a chance to grunt like John Cougar (AKA John Cougar Mellencamp, AKA John Mellencamp, AKA The Coug). The lyrics aren't great but neither are the lyrics to "The Twist" and that's a good song. The rest of the album goes down just as easily and the lyrics get better with each song. "Tried So Hard", "Cold Cold Winter", and "Here For A Laugh" with its "do do do do" chorus, are irresistibly loveable songs. The Breakers do an amazing job boasting strong guitar riffs and their music composition is first-rate.

"Get Lost Get High Get Sick" and "No Sentimental Rubbish" turn from the sugary sweet sound to harder rock with big choruses. At this point, Nisted's John Cougar-style gives way to a Tim Armstrong sound with big choruses and great callbacks.

The album closes with an easy-going track that sounds like a Rolling Stones song you forgot about. It's more than appropriate to close with a song called "Ups And Downs"; another catchy, mid-tempo tune that reflects the band's carefree attitude and is only reinforced by their album title.

-Jon Murray

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