Oil and surf do mix

Three members of Midnight Oil – Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey – have joined with the Labor Party and sold their souls. No wait! That’s wrong. These members of Midnight Oil have joined with bass player Brian Ritchie of 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 April 16.

The album is a 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, will be available from iTunes Australia next month.

Producer Nick Launay, who has worked on many Midnight Oil releases and other acts including Silverchair, Nick Cave and PiL, took Cylinders to a Los Angeles studio to create a mix highlighting the driving guitars and the pounding backbeat synonymous with both the surf rock genre and the classic Oils sound.

So how did The Break come about? Songwriters Hirst and Moginie, who co-wrote most of Midnight Oil’s tracks, had a swag of ideas but wanted to do something different. Bones Hillman, the Oil’s bass player since 1987, had moved overseas so they rang long-time friend Brian Ritchie, who had recently relocated to Australia and asked him to join them in the studio.

The synergy was instant – The Break was born.


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