Reaching out to your ears from Asbury Park, NJ, modern rockers Readymade Breakup take it up a notch on their latest, self-titled CD. Described as a band that is a “sonic clash of four distinct personalities butting heads to create a sound that transcends its parts”, Readymade Breakup is readymade for the big time.
Produced by Steve Evetts (The Cure, Saves The Day, Dillinger Escape Plan), “Readymade Breakup” proves that the third time is a charm. This time out the band has hardened their sound, polished the hooks, and delivered the songs with passion. The powerful performances are augmented by a thick wall of sound that makes these tunes feel as if they were designed for the arena. “Inside All Along” introduces us to this matured sound – a slow burning winner of a tune. “Just” and “Waiting For You” are radio-friendly rockers with very sticky choruses. “There” gets off to an uncertain start, but there is a bridge in there worth waiting for. The intriguingly titled “Unzip My Face” is an in your face rocker complete with infectious backing vocals and handclaps in the chorus. The record closes with “Erased”, an exceptional 70s-styled gem with eerie verses reminding me of Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage”.
The nine tracks gracing “Readymade Breakup” clock in just under a half hour, but it is a spectacular way to spend 30 minutes. Blending the classic rock riffs of Collective Soul, the indie flavored style of Sloan, and the sincerity of Pearl Jam, Readymade Breakup is a thoroughly enjoyable mix.
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