Breakfast for the Boys Release an Album for Music Lovers Everywhere
As I sat in my room alone and listened to the songs flow in and out of each other, I felt it; the feeling that I sometimes get when I hear music that's special. Music that reaches the deepest depths of the heart, silky jazz-rock fusion with both soul and backbone. Breakfast for the Boys does just that, and more, especially with their new album 'The Ides of March'. This band plays universal music with no age or color, their songs do not discriminate by demographics. Aubrey Haddard has strong vocals that will resonate in your mind hours after hearing them - a voice that can make the most depressed man smile and the happiest man frown. I've never met her yet I know she's natural, imaginative and wise. She's that good.
Sam Smith remains brilliant throughout the entire album, his smooth bass licks slide between the kick and the snare perfectly. Drummer Roger LaRochelle stays in the pocket and doesn't miss a beat throughout the entire album. Breakfast for the Boys' music has no limit. Their sound touches every section of the audio palate. This is an album that can wake you up in the morning and put you to sleep at night. There is not a single weak point in this band, it is the straight up truth. Every member does exactly what they need to do; their playing blends together with an organic ambience that's only found in great bands. Keyboard player Lukas Brenard is rhythmic and dynamic with well-placed organ and piano compositions. The timeless jazz fusion sound that guitarist Damien Jackson brings to the table is beyond perfect for this band. To me, his playing in B4TB is like a cross between Pat Metheny and John Frusciante. Pretty good combination if you ask me. Breakfast for the Boys has a classic sound yet they're the epitome of fusion, they're progressive without being futuristic.
Pour yourself a drink and dive into this album head first. The only time I'd use the words plain and simple to describe this album is "it's good fucking music, plain and simple". To be completely honest, when it ended, I was a little upset. The album brought me to a place of clarity that doesn't happen very often. I'm a natural critic, I always have been and always will be. If this album didn't impress me, I wouldn't act impressed. The fact of the matter is that it did just that, it impressed me. Her voice is so real without being too raw, she pushes and pulls the strings of your emotions with ease. Sam Smith holds it down on every single song. We grew up in the same town and it's been awesome to see him grow as a musician. He is one of the most well-balanced and consistent bass players that you'll ever see, on stage and in the studio. Damien Jackson and Smith have been playing together for years, they have an unmistakable chemistry.
I enjoyed the entire album but there are three specific songs that really stuck out to me. First off, the opening song 'Cold Rain' is more than emotional, it's sentimental. 'Here to Mars' will get you out of bed in the morning with a smile, a great soundtrack to your morning coffee. If you're looking for a song to listen to after a date, ’Slow and Sexy' is what you need. It's a dreamscape for burning candles and strong cocktails, let the drifting guitar riff and the floating sound of a lone trumpet carry you among the stars. Aubrey Haddard wears her heart on her sleeve as she speaks to every single individual that's listening. Her vocation is powerful without being overwhelming, she can express herself in any and every way there is. An original style and meaningful lyrics fit perfect with the tight-knit grooves of the band behind her. Breakfast for the Boys operates as a single unit with complete confidence in one another. Their sound just feels right. If you love music from the mind and heart, do not sleep on these guys.. and girl, or should I say.. this girl and these guys. Breakfast for the Boys will be here for years to come, this is what they were put on earth to do. Whether it's a lounge in the Lower East Side or a barroom in Boston, they are sure to perform with professionalism and passion. That's a guarantee.
Breakfast for the Boys will be releasing their album 'The Ides of March' on Friday, May 8th. Their album release party will take place at Snug Harbor Bar and Grill in New Paltz, New York. It will definitely be a lovely night filled with pure emotion and soulful rock n roll. If you're in upstate New York this Friday, you should seriously make your way to New Paltz. Come experience the serene sound and tasteful grooves of Breakfast for the Boys, you'll leave a lifetime fan.