Australia’s most innovative and powerful surf rock band is:
Jim Moginie (guitar/theremin/keyboards); Rob Hirst (drums)
Brian Ritchie (bass/vocals); Martin Rotsey (guitar);
Jack Howard (trumpet).
Many of the elements of the band’s first recording ‘Church of the Open Sky’ remain: the raw energy of live studio takes driven by the rhythm section of drummer Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil) and bassist Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes); and the strong guitar/theremin/keyboard melodies of the Oil’s Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey’s guitar. Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors) completes the Space Farm line-up, playing soaring surf/mariachi trumpet’
Space Farm sees the band discovering new musical frontiers and exploring new sonic galaxies. The rips and swells and chants of the first album are still there, but the band has added turf to the surf and beef to the reef, and picked up a few singing hitchhikers along the way. Engelbert Humperdink’s distinct smooth voice on ‘Ten Guitars’ – The Break’s take on this classic. The Gyuto Monks of Tibet chant the 13th century ‘Psychonauts for Freedom’ Puja!
‘Space Farm’ was recorded and produced by Jim Moginie at Oceanic Studios, Sydney and mixed by Tim Whitten. The Break will be performing the album live, right around Australia, throughout 2013.
Here’s what Brian Ritchie has to say about Space Farm:
“Australian rock royalty unite in the quest for the perfect twang. The Break features members of Oils, Femmes, Hunters, but streamline the sound for maximum surf/psychedelia impact. Symphonic in scope, primeval in impact, The Break can make you cry at the same time they pound your head and bend your mind. Catch the space wave.”
‘Space Farm’ release through Sony Music Friday 15 March 2013