Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from one of our favourites, The Breakdown. Their latest single, This Rigged Machine, was released on June 29th, 2023, and is yet another huge thumbs up from the Send Me Your Ears team!

This Rigged Machine, from the band’s upcoming album, is an honest and witty portrayal of the modern dating experience. Taking the listener on a journey of attempts to find genuine connections in a world of “swiping” and superficial interactions, The Breakdown have created an energetic and captivating track.

This Rigged Machine starts with heavily filtered and close-mic distorted vocals, panned hard left with guitar strums panned hard left. After a section of this, the song erupts in a burst of energy with powerful drums, layered vocals and fantastic use of synths. The chord progressions here are cool, unexpected and create a positively scintillating listen.

We love how the bass and vocal melodies follow each other in the verse, creating a highly original and instantly recognisable sound. In a world of bands all bewilderingly striving to sound the same, The Breakdown truly break away from the pack.

Leading into a lovely half-time nod-along section, the drummer creates some spectacular ride work and the guitarist adds some atmosphere with fast tremolo sounds. This is a mod-like track that The Jam would have been proud to call their own.

Maintaining the listener’s interest is easy throughout this track with lots of different sections. A breakdown section with drums and a gorgeously melodic bassline builds beautifully, with lots of additional heavily panned percussion into a superb instrumental section with an expertly played distant-sounding guitar solo.

Everything about The Breakdown screams quality. Every musician is clearly a virtuoso on their instrument, the songwriting and arrangement are exciting, the lyrics are captivating and the production is just superb.

Final thoughts

The Breakdown are well up there on our “ones to watch” list for 2023. For fans of indie Britpop and artists from The Jam era.