Judging from the start of its only track that can be heard online, BREAKING FIRST ENTERTAINER’s latest EP is simply awesome.
Unfortunately, 3 SONGS EP — which came out February 5th — is a demo release that’s distribution is remarkably limited. Yeah, I figure since it’s just available at lives, in a couple stores, and on two websites, it qualifies as ‘limited’.
1/3 of the release is streamable online though and that’s sufficient for rocking out. “45$50cent” is the second track on 3 SONGS EP and if the rest of the release lives up the it (which isn’t that hard with just a few tracks), it’s nearly stunning.
“45$50cent” cuts in with a mild-yet-memorable piano riff that introduces the full ensemble. The drums flash and hop around just before the guitar and bass arrive ahead of vocals. The action tones downs to start a verse that steadily pushes up to the harmonious, hook-laden chorus. “45$50cent” remains aloft for the quick second verse, hits the next chorus and drops off to the bridge — which is a beautiful portion of the song. That familiar piano riff loops back in to lead off towards the song’s climax.
“45$50cent” leaves an intense craving for more, particularly for “Waiting for the traffic light” and “ollie”, the two other tracks on 3 SONGS EP. “45$50cent” luckily has a high replay value so (re)listen away!
The trio of BREAKING FIRST ENTERTAINER is vocalist/guitarist Hattori, ex-CRUNCH bassist Shima , and drummer Takahiro, who is also currently the drummer for the acclaimed powerpop band, Calendars.
BREAKING FIRST ENTERTAINER began in late 2003 with Hattori alone. Takahiro joined nearly a year later, in ’04 and the line up was complete when Shima joined in ’07. The band released their first work, SUNDAY MORNING EP in January of ’07. Just a month after SUNDAY MORNING, BREAKING FIRST ENTERTAINER released View After The Party, an impressive three-way split EP with harvest four season and Silver Bullet.
Since Shima joined the band just after the 2007 release of SUNDAY MORNING, 3 SONGS EP is essentially BREAKING FIRST ENTERTAINER’s first individual release with its current, full roster.
YouTube has a bunch of live performances by BREAKING FIRST ENTERTAINER and since there’s no PV, check out “45$50cent” (audio only):
edit: Found a live performance of “Waiting for the traffic light”: