Jacksonville has a diverse local music scene. It doesn’t matter the genre or the taste, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Breaking Through caters to the modern-rock audience with a guitar-driven sound that has earned the local five-piece opening slots for national headliners like Coheed and Cambria. They have also toured extensively, and even scored a chart hit in El Salvador.
Formed in 2011, Breaking Through have just released a new album titled Something To Believe In, and they love it so much that they are playing the album in its entirety at The Jacksonville Landing’s Rock the River event, alongside fellow Northeast Florida acts like Blood Bath & Beyond, F.I.L.T.H. and Pieces Left.
Singer Andrew Jones, guitarist Wade Bronson and drummer Mark Nunnally spoke with Folio Weekly about the evolution of the band. Something to Believe In is a big step in said evolution.
“I’m happy with where we are now,” says Jones. Bronson adds, “We have already talked about going heavier and creating a different sound. To say that we’ve evolved is an understatement.”
The change in direction reflects changes in the band’s collective life and the lives of its individual members. Hard times and lineup changes have created a working unit that is simultaneously tougher and more sensitive. The feel-good music video for the album’s title track makes the band’s uplifting message clear. When sinister figures in animal masks crash a child’s birthday party, the partygoers repel them with positive vibrations.
”I just wanted to show that everyone needs something to believe in and that it helps them go through life whether they know it or not,” says Jones.
In fact, the entire album is dedicated to overcoming life’s day-to-day obstacles with positivity. One track in particular that stands out is “Are We All We Are.” Longtime fans of the band are responding to the new work.
“It’s so far so good, man,” says Jones. “I’ve been noticing comments on YouTube, Facebook and other social media that people like it. I can definitely tell that the old fans are really loving it! Yeah, it’s been good.”
The feedback is especially meaningful for the singer, who has stripped himself down emotionally in these new songs. Jones’ latest lyrics really let people in.
The album is also the band’s lengthiest recording. Breaking Through’s debut release was a2012 EP spanning just six songs. Something To Believe In is an eleven-song set. The material has been years in the making.
“A lot of these songs were written when we were on tour and some of these songs had been songs that could have been on older records. So, I was really excited to revisit these ideas for this record,” Jones explains.
Their touring experience has helped the band cultivate an intense live show. The Landing’s Rock the River series gives them an appropriately dramatic backdrop against which to perform. Reflecting on the band’s incendiary stage presence and the venue’s impending demolition, drummer Mark Nunnally quips, “I don’t think there will ever be a show like this at The Landing again.”