Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from London (UK) band, The Breakdown. Their latest single, Lights Out, was released on March 31, 2023.

Regular readers to our blog will recognise the name. We’ve reviewed a great deal of material from The Breakdown over the past 12 months and we’ve been constantly impressed with the band’s consistency, superb musicianship and well-arranged material.

Lights Out is a song about the internal battle waged within each soul between primal instincts and rationality. It speaks of the primal “lizard brain” that urges us to succomb to our most basic instincts and questions who is really in control.

Lights Out starts with a cool echoed “testing testing” before launching into the full 80s band sound that we’ve come to know and love of this talented British band. The vocals are super-clear in the mix and are layered at times. We’ve mentioned before how The Breakdown’s lead vocalist sounds a little like Simon Le Bon, so fans of Duran Duran who haven’t yet got in on the act – what are you waiting for?!

As always with The Breakdown, every musician gets the chance to display their prowess on their instrument – the drummer being one who always bowls us over. There’s some superb stereo in the drum track, and the ride work is a real joy to listen to. This track is so energetic that surely it must be the last song they play when they perform live?!

Lights Out has some very cool stereo delay effects on the vocals in places and a super-catchy singalong chorus that will no doubt win them even more fans.

With a stinger ending, and a track that’s less than two-and-a-half minutes, this really is a music director’s dream track and we’d urge The Breakdown to be seeking out as many airplay opportunities as possible.

Ideas from our ears

A hi-pass filter at 40Hz and a boost around 60Hz would add some more depth to the low end. A single-band compressor set at 80Hz and below with some make-up gain would also help raise the ‘punch’ of the kick drum. Another boost around 300-350Hz could fill a slight gap, adding more fullness overall. A light compressor/limiter and maybe 3dB of make-up gain would add a final touch of warmth and volume. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears

Final thoughts

We’re constantly impressed with The Breakdown. Quality musicianship, excellent songwriting and a clear drive for a successful music career. High quality and highly recommended.