Breaking Waves – 01
Pop and rock tangle together
Words: Phil Weller
Breaking Waves’ latest EP, the succinctly titled 01 has something of a split personality. Fluctuating between a poppy musicality and an alt rock staunch, the two intertwine and tangle wonderfully. From the heartfelt, story telling vocals in opener Things You Don’t Know, which bares more in common with Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran than it does AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, their mantra is set. It’s easily accessible, written with a lightheartedness that would make these songs perfect for mid afternoon rock radio stations. They sprinkle the overdrive over the latter end of the song, giving it an added oomph, but it’s Pop The Bubble which steals the show.
A jaunty, rumbling groove underpins the duo’s attack here, drawing from both Puzzle and Only Revelations era Biffy Clyro to create a track that resonates their two opposing sounds with intelligence and feel. Despite there being just three instruments at play here – Peat Hicks’ drums the foundation for Phil Ireland’s six string bass and vocals – they amplify and stretch out the song to big proportions. Symphonic inspired melodies, reminiscent of Black Holes style Muse pierce through the mix to take the song into the stratosphere in its latest stages.
Arguably Pop The Bubble would have made a perfect album opener, punchy, catchy and expressive. However, closing number Play The Game, which spins off from Ireland’s jangly chord progression, provides a fitting finish: It’s a clever hybrid of pop sensibilities and snarling rock n’ roll that is fun and incredibly danceable.