DoverPost.com - September 13th, 2011
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Dover, Del. - Brooklyn's Breaking Laces' blend of witty lyrics and energy is where some rock critics think indie rock is headed. You're not going to hear them anywhere else in Delaware anytime soon, so catch them Friday for the following reasons:
1 ‘90s pop, modern twist
Songs like "God in Training" and "Shopping for Two" are reminiscent of the Lemonheads and other ‘90s indie pop; if "Singles" were filmed today, Breaking Laces could be on the soundtrack. The band's stripped-down sound is more modern singer songwriter that pure ‘90s, which saves it from being nostalgic and makes it appropriate for modern listeners.
2 New CD, new tour
At Friday's show, the group will be focusing on songs from its latest CD, "When You Find Out," which was released earlier this year. "The idea was to take simple acoustic pop songs and make them bigger than life," according to singer/guitarist/songwriter Willem Hartong. Hartong and bandmates Rob Chojnacki (bass) and Seth Masarsky (drums) teamed up with producer Ed Tuton, a veteran whose diverse roster of artists includes Carly Simon, T-Pain and Maxwell.
3 Small show, big sound
The group's acoustic guitar, bass and drums is mellow enough for a small venue, but never boring. "I love that we can go to a small club with just the three of us, and blow the roof off the place," said Masarsky. "We've played on bills with a lot of different kinds of bands, and we've followed bands that are loud and fast and furious, and then we get up there with just the three of us and it's just epic, and people say, ‘How did you do that?'"
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
Enjoy drinks outside while you still can. The Golden Fleece's back porch is ideal for an evening out before you switch from flip-flops to Frye boots.