Breather Resist [I]Charmer[/I] Review

When the applause came on five seconds into Charmer, the first full length by Louisville’s Breather Resist, my heart sank. Their last amazing EP, Only in The Morning, on Deathwish Inc., had been bookended by the same recorded cheers, cheers I had grown to hate while intensely loving that EP.  I think Breather Resist knew that I would sit though that quick sample because they knew I knew just how amazing the rest of the album would be. It’s like when the Locust drones on and on for a few minutes before launching into a song, they just want to see how much the audience will put up with to get to the good stuff. Charmer is eleven tracks of the good stuff, the huge heavy crush-core ala Norma Jean or a more bluntly bludgeoning Converge. The Converge influence is especially relevant given that Breather Resist recorded Charmer with Kurt Ballou at his God City Studios.  Expect a record that sits on the high end of the Richter scale (it could level a small town) but that still has some nasty A Life Once Lost time sig changes. As an added bonus, continuing in the vein of Only In The Morning, Charmer has die cut, mind blowing packaging. If you also take into consideration that coffin shaped single, Breather Resist has had some of the best packaging in recent memory. I’m going to go get their surgical mask logo tattooed on my face. That is, if I had a face.
5 Stars

Breather Resist [I]Charmer[/I] Review

More shit-hot, cerebral, spindly mathcore from our great ol’ U.S. of A., Breather Resist have really built up a strong catalog of full-lengths and splits within a few short years. To invoke the usual roll call of DEP, Converge, Botch, Drowningman, et al., in describing the music of newer arrivals such as this might qualify as lazy journalism, but either the references hold up or I am Stepin Fetchit. Displaying the angular riffs, stop-start dynamics, oblique but personal lyrical grist, open-ended song structures and brilliant, unconventional cover artwork of the aforementioned bands, Breather Resist come off as more colloquially melodic and rocking than any of them barring Drowningman. They can be subtle at times, as in the openings to “As Far as Goodbyes Go” and “Loose Lipped Error” which drone and strum meaningfully before escalating to equally fine Unsane-like crescendos, and quite batty at other moments. Apparently, the seemingly incongruous leap to the emo-heavy Jade Tree hasn’t tempered their edge a bit. Eleven songs, all great and likely to go down a storm live. Formerly on Deathwish Inc and currently produced by Kurt Ballou; my Converge analogy rings true, kids.

BREATHER RESIST CHARMER CD (JT1098) OUT TODAY


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Louisville, Kentucky’s BREATHER RESIST’S caustic debut, Charmer (JT1098) is now available in our nation’s finer record emporiums. Produced by Kurt Ballou (Isis, Cave In, Give Up the Ghost, Converge) Charmer is equally full of dynamic, challenging instrumentation, as it is full-throttle intensity. Stretching past any genre limitations, the band, made up of current Black Cross and one time National Acrobat member Evan Patterson on guitar, along with bassist Nick Thieneman, drummer Geoff Paton, and vocalist Steve Sindoni, deliver an explosive and volatile vision.

It’s simply not enough these days to release a new record. We’ve got a barrage of BREATHER RESIST shirts and merch goodies available in our newly designed online store.

Please consult the Breather Resist for current dates.

Breather Resist [I]Charmer[/I] Review

When you look back a few years, it is not hard to see how hardcore and heavy music has changed in leaps rather than skips. You look at how style, both musically and aesthetically has changed and it is almost too much to comprehend when looking at things on a larger scale. Granted, bands like Earth Crisis and Strife have very little in common with bands of today like Atreyu and Eighteen Visions besides some general similarities, but at the same time, hardcore thrives with an undercurrent of independent bands that are making sure you can still do things the old fashioned way.

Breather Resist exist in that fertile music community of Louisville, Kentucky; where great bands such as Slint, Falling Forward, Endpoint and Elliot have all called home. Some having created some of the most passionate, diverse music around. Breather Resist themselves have a rich history for being a relatively new band. It is not every day that Jade Tree decides to release a stereotypically “heavy” release, but this band obviously sparked their interest; boasting members of The National Acrobat and Black Cross (not to mention the devastating music that they create).

This band just does everything right, from their look to their songs it how it all cohesively comes together in a manner that many bands only wish they could duplicate. With this full length, Breather Resist have created one of the best, if not the best, hardcore records to come out this year. Ugly, desperate and pulverizing, Charmer showcases that even songs that are loud and distorted can be pieced together to make songs rather than noise; which is what most would characterize this as. It hits hard, leaves a mark and would make bands like Deadguy even reconsider reforming to tour with this powerhouse. If you yearn for the days of bands booking their own tours and making enough money to get back out on the road, then listen to only one record this year: Charmer.

Breather Resist [I]Charmer[/I] Review

My new favorite band, Breather Resist, is from Louisville, Kentucky–a lush, mossy land of Derby Week hoopla, good mint juleps, and Civil War ghosts. Their sound is the cramped, confused, and tangled soul of Southern American teenage freaked-out-ness. It’s the inner holy-shit-why-am-I-even-alive hormonal turmoil busting the dam and flooding the valley with brutal, passionate hardcore battened down by two-ton speed metal riffs and singer Steve Sindoni closing his eyes, throwing his ratty head back, and losing his mind on the club floor. Songs brood slow and sludgy, shuddering into a grind before speeding up and helter-skeltering away, but then–what’s this?–suddenly we’re crawling along in a Pink Floyd psyche shuffle, high seagull cries of feedback, and "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" IMAX astronaut journeys. I bet these guys really love playing this music–no matter how heartbreakingly earnest it is.

Breather Resist [I]Charmer[/I] Review

My new favorite band, Breather Resist, is from Louisville, Kentucky–a lush, mossy land of Derby Week hoopla, good mint juleps, and Civil War ghosts. Their sound is the cramped, confused, and tangled soul of Southern American teenage freaked-out-ness. It’s the inner holy-shit-why-am-I-even-alive hormonal turmoil busting the dam and flooding the valley with brutal, passionate hardcore battened down by two-ton speed metal riffs and singer Steve Sindoni closing his eyes, throwing his ratty head back, and losing his mind on the club floor. Songs brood slow and sludgy, shuddering into a grind before speeding up and helter-skeltering away, but then–what’s this?–suddenly we’re crawling along in a Pink Floyd psyche shuffle, high seagull cries of feedback, and "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" IMAX astronaut journeys. I bet these guys really love playing this music–no matter how heartbreakingly earnest it is.

Nonstop touring without a Breather for new band

Young bands have to pay their dues, even it means playing with subpar openers. "Oh, man, the local bands they keep booking to open these shows have been bad," laughs Breather Resist guitarist Evan Patterson. "I mean, it’s always like that, but these are just exceptionally bad."

But fans need not worry, when the Kentucky band headlines at Josh Kelly’s in Cromwell tonight, two other quality national acts will open, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum.

No matter what bands kick off the show, though, Breather Resist will be there to aggressively finish off the night with its brand of hardcore punk containing a surprisingly melodic core.

"It’s really frustrating when we get compared to metal bands," says Patterson. "We always hear we sound like Converge or The Dillinger Escape Plan. It’s like people just hear a heavy band and just automatically compare them to those bands." The guitarist says he fears being lumped in with those bands, not wanting people to think they are part of the new metal fad: grunting lyrics over mishmash guitars.

"We come from a punk background. I used to listen to all those SST and Dischord bands, Dinosaur Jr. and Black Flag."

But, the band does make very heavy music. Beginning with "An Insomniac’s Complexion," Breather Resist’s debut full-length record, "Charmer," features loud, yet complex music. "Insomniac" brims with full-throttle guitars, intricate chord changes and grunting lyrics: the typical metal recipe. When that song ends, though, the band’s true sound escapes.

Breather Resist formed two years ago, quickly enamoring itself within a vital Louisville scene. Combining the chaotic sounds of Today is the Day with the more complex elements of Fugazi, the band released a violent and brooding EP, "Only in the Morning," in March 2003. But the mini-album lacked personality, something the band desperately craves, says Patterson.

"We want to be unique," he explains. "I want the kids in the bad opening bands to be able to easily tell the difference between our band and theirs."

IF YOU GO
• What: Breather Resist with Lickgoldensky, Coliseum
• When: 6:30 tonight
• Where: Josh Kelly’s, 41 Willowbrook Road, Cromwell
• Tickets: $7
• Info: Tickets only at door, no number

Patrick Ferrucci can be reached at pferrucci@nhregister.com or (203) 789-5678.

Show Preview

On Saturday, the Embassy will play host to a slew of bands, including Cursed, Breather Resist, Lick Golden Sky, Coliseum and A Day and a Deathwish.

A Day and a Deathwish hails from Welland and has undergone several line-up changes over the years, while developing a unique, heartfelt rock style. The band recently posted a number of new songs online, including Out Loud, My Path and Take to Be True. These can be accessed for free at www.adayandadeathwish.com.

Breather Resist will bring a heavier flavour to the evening, citing inspiration from such bands as the Jesus Lizard and Kiss It Goodbye. The band’s first full-length CD, Charmer, is slated for an Oct. 5 release through Jade Tree.

Like many other Embassy shows, this one is being put on by SummerCamp Productions, a London-based operation devoted to promoting the local indie rock scene.

More information on SummerCamp and the bands it supports, is online at www.summercampproductions.com.

Cover for Saturday’s show is $8 in advance or at the door.

Breather Resist Ready Jade Tree Debut, Tour U.S.

Jade Tree Records has set October 5th as the release date for Charmer, the debut full-length from Louisville, Kentucky’s Breather Resist. Following on the heels of last year’s EP Only in the Morning, Charmer reportedly features 11 tracks of noise-metal mayhem. Kurt Ballou handled production duties, and considering some of the other bands he’s known for working with– namely Converge and Cave In– his presence should offer a glimpse into Breather Resist’s modus operandi. Expect noise and screaming, and while you’re at it, throw in a collapsed lung for good measure. Tracklist:

01 An Insomniac’s Complexion
02 A Social Worker’s Nightmare
03 Midas In Reverse
04 Honest To God
05 As Far As Goodbyes Go
06 Keep ‘Em In Stitches
07 Long Nights, Short Fuses
08 Loose Lipped Error
09 A Passing Glance
10 Amphetamine Praise
11 Astigmatism

Breather Resist has already set out to spread their wily message on an extensive tour that winds all-the-fuck-over the eastern half of North America. Bring earplugs, or just sit your ass at home:

09-09 Worcester, MA – WAG
09-10 Storrs, CT – University of Connecticut
09-11 New York, NY – Knitting Factory
09-12 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
09-13 Boundbrook, NJ – Hamilton St. Cafe
09-14 Baltimore, MD – Talking Head
09-15 Washington, DC – Warehouse Next Door
09-16 Richmond, VA – Nanci Raygun
09-18 Greensboro, NC – Ace’s Basement
09-19 Summerville, SC – All Books
09-20 Daytona, FL – Nicely’s
09-21 Orlando, FL – Ozone CD
09-23 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
09-24 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
09-25 Pensacola, FL – Gutter Lounge
09-26 Birmingham, AL – Cave 9
09-27 Atlanta, GA – MJQ’s Drunken Unicorn
09-28 Memphis, TN – Caravan
09-29 Nashville, TN – Blue Sky Court
10-01 Indianapolis, IN – The Melody
10-02 Louisville, KY – First Unitarian Church

Breather Resist Hits Road

Jade Tree’s latest signing, Breather Resist, is ready to strut its stuff for curious fans across the country.

The band’s Charmer hits stores Oct. 5, but the band’s hitting the road to preview material.

Breather Resist’s tour dates are:

Sept. 1 – The Note, Chicago
Sept. 2 – Phantasy Nite Club, Cleveland
Sept. 3 – Manilow House, Shelby, Mich.
Sept. 4 – Embassy Hotel, London, Ont.
Sept. 5 – Moe’s Tavern, Burlington, Ont.
Sept. 6 – Club Saw, Ottawa
Sept. 7 – Bar Les Graffs, Sherbrooke, Quebec
Sept. 8 – Echouerie, Quebec City
Sept. 9 – WAG, Worcester, Mass.
Sept. 10 – UConn, Storrs, Conn.
Sept. 11 – Knitting Factory, New York
Sept. 12 – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia
Sept. 13 – Hamilton Street Cafe, Boundbrook, N.J.
Sept. 14 – Talking Head, Baltimore
Sept. 15 – Warehouse Next Door, Washington, D.C.
Sept. 16 – Nanci Raygun, Richmond, Va.
Sept. 18 – Ace’s Basement, Greensboro, N.C.
Sept. 19 – All Books, Summerville, S.C.
Sept. 21 – Ozone, Orlando, Fla.
Sept. 23 – Common Grounds, Gainsville, Fla.
Sept. 24 – Orpheum, Tampa, Fla.
Sept. 25 – Gutter Lounge, Pensacola, Fla.
Sept. 26 – Cave 9, Birmingham, Ala.
Sept. 27 – Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta
Sept. 28 – Caravan, Memphis, Tenn.
Sept. 29 – Blue Sky Court, Nashville, Tenn.

BREATHER RESIST BRING THE HEAVY

BREATHER RESIST‘s, skull crushing debut full length Charmer CD (JT1098) is gearing up for an October 5th launch onto the unsuspecting world. The Louisville, Kentucky four-some are planning some serious mileage leading up to and following the release of the record, first up is a month long jaunt road testing all the new material while peeling the paint off the walls of various clubs across the nation. Beginning in Chicago and landing a month later in Louisville for a record release show with Pelican, get out and see this band if you’re lucky enough to have them tear through your town. If you make it through the night, you’ll thank us in the morning!


Please consult the Breather Resist for current dates.

Breather Resist Touring

Jade Tree artists, Breather Resist are touring to support their upcoming full length, titled Charmer, which is due out October 5th. Almost all the dates include Lickgoldensky and Coliseum, and certain dates include Hot Cross and Cursed. The band is also playing two dates – including their release show – with Hydrahead’s Pelican.

Date
City
Venue
With

September 1
Chicago, IL
The Note
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 2
Cleveland, OH
Phantasy Nite Club
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 3
Shelby, MI
Manilow House
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 4
London, ON
Embassy Hotel
Cursed, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 5
Burlington, ON
Moe’s Tavern
Cursed, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 6
Ottawa, ON
Club Saw
Cursed, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 7
Sherbrooke, QC
Bar Les Graffs
Cursed, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 8
Quebec City, QC
Echouerie
Cursed, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 9
Worcester, MA
WAG
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 10
Storrs, CT
Uconn
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 11
New York, NY
Knitting Factory
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 12
Philadelphia, PA
First Unitarian Church
Hot Cross, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 13
Boundbrook, NJ
Hamilton St Cafe
Hot Cross, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 14
Baltimore, MD
Talking Head
Hot Cross, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 15
Washington, DC
Warehouse Next Door
Hot Cross, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 16
Richmond, VA
Nanci Raygun
Hot Cross, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 18
Greensboro, NC
Ace’s Basement
Hot Cross, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 19
Summerville, SC
All Books
Hot Cross, Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 21
Orlando, FL
Ozone CD
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 23
Gainsville, FL
Common Grounds
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 24
Tampa, FL
Orpheum
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 25
Pensacola, FL
Gutter Lounge
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 26
Birmingham, AL
Cave 9
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 27
Atlanta, GA
Drunken Unicorn
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 28
Memphis, TN
Caravan
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

September 29
Nashville, TN
Blue Sky Court
Lickgoldensky and Coliseum

October 1
Indianapolis, IN
The Melody
Pelican

October 2
Louisville, KY
St Johns Center *Record Release Show*
Pelican

BREATHER RESIST "CHARMER" CD (JT1098) NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

Louisville, Kentucky’s BREATHER RESIST’S destructive debut full length, Charmer (JT1098) is now available for . Produced by Kurt Ballou (Isis, Cave In, Give Up the Ghost, Converge) Charmer is equally full of dynamic, challenging instrumentation, as it is full-throttle intensity. Stretching past any genre limitations, BREATHER RESIST continues to reach for the dizzying heights of sonic possibility, while pummeling the eardrums of its ever-expanding and loyal fan base with every vicious riff, soul-cleansing growl, and elaborate, drop-of-a-dime time signature change. The band, made up of current Black Cross and one time National Acrobat member Evan Patterson on guitar, along with bassist Nick Thieneman, drummer Geoff Paton, and vocalist Steve Sindoni, deliver an explosive and volatile vision – scathing, brutal, and biting BREATHER RESIST are simply too explosive to ignore.

Vinyl will be available from

Track Listing

1. An Insomniac’s Complexion
2. MP3
3. Midas In Reverse
4. Honest To God
5. As Far As Goodbyes Go
6. Keep ’Em In Stitches
7. Long Nights, Short Fuses
8. Loose Lipped Error
9. A Passing Glance
10. Amphetamine Praise
11. Astigmatism

Breather Resist [I]Charmer[/I] Review

In the past six months, the brothers Patterson have probably emitted more cacophony into my household than all other noise rockers combined (thanks guys!). They of the Black Cross/National Acrobat cultdom, brother Evan leaving brother Ryan to thrash away in Coliseum while he creates tornados of guitar shred in the equally chaos-worthy Breather Resist. Funny, I always pictured this band being pretty emo based on their name, but Jesus H. Christ, this is a loud slab of something-or-other. Call it math rock meets science (science rock?), untainted noise fury devouring metalcore in one fell bite, or just plain emotion catharsis. Whichever tag you give it (hey, or make up your own!), Charmer’s blowing your speakers and tearing any flesh within listening distance right off of bone. Okay, let’s throw the band names Kiss It Goodbye, Chokebore, and (once again) The National Acrobat into this here review just to create a mental soundscape, and then quickly forget trying to compare Breather Resist to anyone else. With lyrics that wax circles around most notebook crud, and a deeper understanding of what it takes to get a listener from point A to Z (i.e. — listening to a whole album without lulling off to la-la land), Breather Resist are currently your best bet for loud, chaotic, and monumental.

Breather Resist [I]Charmer[/I] out on October 5

Louisville, Kentucky’s Breather Resist have been busy since their 2002 inception, releasing an armful of disks with labels as diverse as Initial and Death Wish before joining the Jade Tree roster. Made up of current Black Cross and one time National Acrobat member Evan Patterson on guitar, along with bassist Nick Thieneman, drummer Geoff Paton and vocalist Steve Sindoni, this four-piece have set out to remold all the stagnant preconceptions of heavy music – the end result, Charmer, is an absolute force to reckon with; equally vicious, progressive, and thoroughly unpredictable. Duck and cover as Breather Resist are simply too volatile to ignore for much longer.

BREATHER RESIST "CHARMER" CD (JT1098) ALBUM INFO AND MP3


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Louisville, Kentucky’s BREATHER RESIST have just put the finishing touches on their eleven song, 40 minute debut full length, Charmer (JT1098). Produced by Kurt Ballou (Isis, Cave In, Give Up the Ghost, Converge) the record takes off in many ways where their Only In The Morning EP left off, that is to say in throws of total madness, the end result is an absolute force to reckon with; equally vicious, progressive and thoroughly unpredictable. The band, made up of current Black Cross and one time National Acrobat member Evan Patterson on guitar, along with bassist Nick Thieneman, drummer Geoff Paton, and vocalist Steve Sindoni, deliver an explosive and volatile vision – scathing, brutal, and biting BREATHER RESIST are simply too explosive to ignore.

Vinyl will be available from

This record will be available for preorder August 5 and released on October 5.

Track Listing

1. An Insomniac’s Complexion
2. A Social Worker’s Nightmare (MP3)
3. Midas In Reverse
4. Honest To God
5. As Far As Goodbyes Go
6. Keep ’Em In Stitches
7. Long Nights, Short Fuses
8. Loose Lipped Error
9. A Passing Glance
10. Amphetamine Praise
11. Astigmatism

BREATHER RESIST BRING LOUISVILLE TO THE PEOPLE

Jade Tree’s newest signing, BREATHER RESIST — made up of current Black Cross and one time National Acrobat member Evan Patterson on guitar, along with bassist Nick Thieneman, drummer Geoff Paton and vocalist Steve Sindoni — have just about finished up recording their debut full length with Converge’s Kurt Ballou (Isis, Cave In, Give Up the Ghost). Now you’d think that after slaying the kids night after night on the Jade Tree United Tour that a week in the studio would leave them spent, but true to form the fearsome troupe now have plans to take their Louisville heat out on the road with Kodan Armada, and Coliseum as part of MAXIMUM LOUISVILLE TOUR. Beginning June 4th and covering much of the mid-west, the tour is only the start as this band has no plans to slow down in the months leading up to their record’s fallish release.

Official Site

Please consult the Breather Resist for current dates.

JADE TREE SIGN BREATHER RESIST AND KICK OFF THE PUNKVOTER/JADE TREE UNITED TOUR

We would like to take this opportunity to announce the addition of Louisville, Kentucky’s vicious and unrelenting BREATHER RESIST to our ever-growing roster. After releasing a handful of picture disks with and dropping the startling ONLY IN THE MORNING EP on , BREATHER RESIST set out across the country touring with the likes of Converge, Ed Gein, Burnt By the Sun and Cursed before signing on with us for a fall full-length. We couldn’t be more excited as the band not only have a killer , but almost more importantly they are an absolute force to reckon with live, taking sonic cues from New Jersey’s ever-visceral Deadguy, mid-western nihilists Jesus Lizard and Swedish hardcore-futurists Refused. Converge’s Kurt Ballou (Isis, Cave In, Give Up the Ghost) is slated to produce and we will keep you posted as the band are heading into a Louisville studio this summer.

In the meantime, beginning May 5th BREATHER RESIST will be joining forces with the rest of the Jade Tree punk roster for the Punkvoter/Jade Tree United tour, which, by the way, kicks off this Friday in Philadelphia at The First Unitarian Church – so come out and see what we’ve been ranting about or maybe you’d rather sit at home, listening to your Story of the Year CD and counting your Yellowcard MP3’s, well it’s your choice I guess….

Please consult the Breather Resist for current dates.