The Breaks Collective, a south-west based band, are releasing two new tracks over the coming months to raise money for two Royals charities, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution and The Royal Marine Charitable Trust Fund.
The first single “Great Britain” will be released on 28th May 2012. It’s a song about being proud to be British, something the band hope will resonate in our nation’s hearts this year with the Jubilee and the Olympics.
“Poetry” is set for release on 18th June 2012 – an upbeat summer track, where the lyrical inspiration is based on finding the right path in life to take during adolescence is a right of passage; this is how The Breaks’ found theirs.
They have a new album, , “Tuesday Night Music Club” coming out in Autumn 2012 – but if you can’t wait that long, head down to the King’s Arms Georgeham tonight (Sat 19th May) and you can check them out live in action!
The Breaks Collective, a bunch of down to earth guys who love to write, record and perform music. In a genre which is all too often full of urban clichés, this band bring a refreshing take on Hip Hop to the table. Hailing from Devon, the group of seven hold down day jobs (including teachers, roofers, butchers, landscape gardeners and a lifeguard supervisor) while continuing to push their music to new levels. The Breaks’ take inspiration from many styles of music including jazz, rap, hip-hop, funk, soul, rock and R&B to name a few; despite this wide range of influences the seven members knit melodies, beats and lyrics together to create unique musical and poetical flavour. The Breaks’ musical ability enables them to keep the audience entertained with spontaneous sets and freestyles.
In 2012, The Breaks Collective are not just writing new chapters, but starting a whole new book. The significant milestone is symbolised with two single releases “Great Britain” and “Poetry” in aid of the Royal Marine Charitable Trust Fund and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The Breaks’ have been working alongside both Royal charities throughout 2011 and 2012 with the sole aim of raising money and awareness, hoping to give something back to people who risk their own lives to help others. The Breaks’ will be concentrating on promoting the singles over the summer with gigs and festivals (even including sharing the stage with De La Soul in July at Electric Beach, Watergate bay, Newquay).
Saxophonist Matt works for the RNLI as a lifeguard supervisor and sees this unique opportunity to not just raise money for the charities but also raise awareness “I have played saxophone for 18 years and have been a lifeguard/lifeguard supervisor for nearly 10 years and I have always wanted to use my musical ability to help others and this is the perfect opportunity. A track such as Great Britain is very fitting for 2012 and working with the two Royal charities has been a great experience already, it’s not very often you see two charities working side by side but the RNLI and RMCTF have close links and have really strengthened their relationship.”
This is just the introduction to their future, as they build on their experiences and their knowledge on the path to a higher state of success. With an impressive 7 years of development on their resume, 3 EPs an 1 LP, plus gigging alongside musical heroes (Toots and the Maytals, Mix Master Mike, Gilles Peterson, Courtney Pine and The Pharcyde), they are hoping 2012 will be the year it will happen.
Later this year they are releasing their first official LP “Tuesday Night Music Club”, a self produced and recorded album in an attempt to pin down their sound; they hope it will sum up their outlook; a passion for original music and live performance.
Keep an eye on the band’s digital presence and expect lots of updates, videos and new music over the following months as they prepare for their official debut album release in the autumn. All singles and album will be available on ITunes and all other online retailers.
About the RNLI
• The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, providing a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts.
• The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 180 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK.
• The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service.
• Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 139,000 lives.
• In 2011, RNLI lifeboats launched 8,905 times, rescuing 7,976 people – and the charity’s lifeguards responded to 15,625 incidents, helping 17,671 people.
About the RMCTF
• The RMCTF is the overarching Royal Marine charity raising money in aid of all serving and retired Royal Marines and their dependents.
• In 2009, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund paid out nearly £400,000 in benevolence grants to its beneficiaries.
• The RMCTF aims to raise £6m by the 350th Anniversary of the Royal Marines in 2014, a response to the year on year increase in demand to their services.
• The RMCTF is run by Royal Marines for Royal Marines, it is governed by a group of serving and retired Trustees who have a very wide view of need and a determination to ensure that any money donated is used to best effect.
• The RMCTF runs its own fund raising activities and donates regularly to other service charities providing direct benefit to Royal Marines – SSAFA; St Dunstan’s; Combat Stress; BLESMA; RN/RM Children’s Fund etc.