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Strictly New Bands (No.37): Breton


Hometown: South-east London

Breton are a group of musicians and filmmakers who formed in an abandoned bank in Kennington, which the band themselves have nicknamed their “lab”, they believe their ‘lab’ has a secret tube stop (no formal word on just that, most likely just another empty warehouse home to squatters). The brainwaves behind this atomising art-dub visual group Breton belong to creators and film markers Roman Rappak and Adam Ainger who later went onto expand adding musicians Daniel Mcllvenny, Ian Patterson and Alex Wadey.

Breton have released three math-rock EP’s to date including the critical acclaimed Practical EP, the limited edition physical copy of the Sharing Notes EP (which if assembled correctly turns into a working synth), and the Counter Balance EP. Creating a trilogy of melodic music with dirty bass lines and haunting beats swirling against some hectic drumming. All these sounds grind together around electrifying fast paced Scroobius Pip style trip-hop vocals.

The first song taken from forthcoming debut is the rather experimental both musically and visually. ‘Edward The Confessor’ is hooked with lo-fi infectious beats being strangled in pop; whereas ‘The Commission‘ feels like a wired brave attempt to make contact with life from outer space. The keys are spine bindingly creepy, not goth creepy, arty electro creepy, trip-hop  (look below for link to Breton visually brilliant YouTube channel).

Breton have already remixed songs for another Strictly New Band (Is Tropical) as well as Chapel Club and Hatcham Social under the header BretonLABS and screened short films at both The London Short Film Festival and The East London Film Festival. It’s fair to say, Breton are more than just the average visual arts band. Live Breton are quite the intense band. You don’t just go to see Breton perform, it’s more of a hypnotic tripping experience, with a backdrop of films and graphics (self shot) mixed in real time, oh and the band are hidden behind their hoodies, well partly. A must hear, Breton’s debut album Other People’s Problems is due out March 26 on FatCat Records  Simone F

Buzz: Breton are one of London’s underground arts experimental band with an irrigating sound, that is gathering more and more fans with every listen.

For Fans Of: Tom Vek, Foals, Late Of The Pier and James Blake

Website: Bandcamp & Youtube channel




Author: Simone

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