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It has been ages since Breaking Laces played Jamestown, but Willem, Rob and Seth will return to Western New York this weekend for a Friday night show at Mojo's.
A Brooklyn-based trio, the music of Breaking Laces is eclectic - blending acoustic-based alt-rock with electronic elements for an organic sound which pushes the envelope. Fresh, accessible and mind-blowing are just a few of the terms fans use to describe the Weezer meets Cat Stevens music. Singer-guitarist Willem Hartong envisions the band as being on a quest to find the happy medium between Soul Coughing and the Lemonheads.
Begun with big-time goals and a grass roots vision on how to get there, Breaking Laces began feverishly touring the states. They were subsequently declared the 2006 Best Band in NYC by Indie Sounds of New York and scored the honor of being the XM Radio Artist in Residence for June 2007. Also in 2007, the group flat-out won the 2007 National Starbuck's Music Makers Competition and now, ironically, is being touted as one of the nation's most promising new acts.
Describing his band's sound as "acoustic rock with the help of robots," Hartong explains how the Breaking Laces setup includes more instruments than there are players - with sampling, synths and recorded music rounding out the band's sound.
Indie pop with a rock edge, the band has been described as part long hair rockers, part country club golfers and part music school prodigies.
Audiences in Jamestown have seen the band evolve, as the city has been a regular tour stop since the group's 2005 album "Lemonade" was released. Prior to that was the Breaking Laces debut, 2003's "Sohcahtoa," which was essentially a Hartong solo album and the catalyst for the frontman to get a live crew together. Since then, the band has released the EP "Astronomy Is My Life, But I Love You," the EP "Here To Stay" and another full-length, "Undercover Cool," is on the way.
In addition to playing Mojo's on Friday, Breaking Laces will play Kissing Bridge in Glenwood, N.Y., on Saturday.