Thought this one sounded kinda interesting… Oils and Violent Femmes’ Brian Ritchie are getting together to play original surfin’ music (ie, mostly instrumental).
It’s a union that will delight music fans, surf rats, and festival goers alike. Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey have joined with bass player Brian Ritchie of US group Violent Femmes to form a new surf rock band called The Break. The new band releases its debut album ‘Church Of The Open Sky’ on Friday April 16th on the Bombora label through MGM.
The Break will kick things off with a short stint of gigs in Sydney and surrounds with further dates elsewhere to follow in the coming months. Thursday February 18th – The Harp, Wollongong – Friday February 19th – Fisho’s, Manly – Sunday February 21st – The Annandale, Sydney.
The Break’s album is a unique blend of pulsating psycho surf rock tunes featuring 15 mostly instrumental tracks. The bulk of the album tracks are named after legendary surf breaks. “Cylinders”, the first single from the album, was in fact one of the first tracks created, and will be available from iTunes Australia from Tuesday February 9th. World renowned producer Nick Launay, who of course has worked on many Midnight Oil releases and numerous other renowned acts including Silverchair, Nick Cave and PiL, took ‘Cylinders’ to the mixing desk in a Los Angeles studio to create a mix highlighting the driving guitars and a pounding back beat synonymous with both the surf rock genre and the classic Oils sound.