The Breakmen

The Breakmen

BandAmericanaFolk

New Album - Heartwood - Available November 7 2010

What started out as adventurous bluegrass quartet has fast become a sharply focused roots music outfit that owes as much to The Band and Blue Rodeo as it does to Bill Monroe.

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Biography

What started out as adventurous bluegrass quartet has fast become a sharply focused roots music outfit that owes as much to The Band and Blue Rodeo as it does to Bill Monroe.

With a strikingly original repertoire, and a lively on-stage show, the band made a strong name for itself at festivals and clubs across the country. Last year the group earned two nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards — for Emerging Artist(s) of the Year and for Vocal Ensemble of the Year — and won a nomination for “Americana Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards.

Now, with Heartwood, the band’s signature sound remains, but members Matthew Lawson, Archie Pateman, Ben Rogalsky and Lee Watson are moving in a new, exciting direction. Now you’ll also hear touches of soul, classic r&b, a bit of old country and a solid taste of roots rock and roll.

The band’s new record fits perfectly into the roots/rock “Americana” / “Indie Folk” genre, There are 10 original songs by band members Pateman and Watson. — and a song from the reclusive Toronto singer Mary Margaret O’Hara, which the band found on her only album, released in 1988. The CD’s opening song, “Back to the Start” has been distributed to radio across Canada.

Like Ben Franklin with his kite, The Breakmen are messing with electricity — and in fact Lee (who is a guitar builder) has made two Telecaster-styled electric guitars for the band -- new directions can be challenging and inspiring at the same time.”

With the launch of the new album, The Breakmen are looking forward to major tours in Canada, the U.S., and in Europe. “We truly believe in this record. Now we want to get on the road and play the new material.”

Lyrics

When You Leave Town

Written By: Archie Pateman

Lie on our backs, look up at the clouds, let the dandelion dust roar up and calm down
I always thought I’d see you flying by, you and your light-weight plane painting up the sky

When you left town, the town it changed, and since you’ve been gone it seems faded

My lover in a window naked and pregnant, if I knew words this beautiful I’d never stop singing them
We bought a house, on the hippie side of town, and every day at sunset there’s a black cloud of crows flying by

When they leave town, the town changes, and until they come back it seems faded

Next time you play, I’ll be in the crowd, fixed on you and dreaming that I’m in your song
All those notes you found they now belong to you, take them with you on the road but please, old man, leave me a few

When you left town, the town it changed, now your record spins around until it’s faded

My old friend, I find peace in you, knowing that you lived here and happily made do
I found gold where you told me to look, and traces of you on every path I took

When you left town, the town it changed, and since you’ve been gone it seems faded

Brookmere

Written By: Archie Pateman

Brookmere

If your heart wants out of your chest dear, when your train rolls through Brookmere,
Takes you all day to get your head clear
Hope you dream, baby rock a bye

Rock a bye baby hope you dream, of leaning on a windstorm or rolling in a stream,
Of standing there kissing forever it seemed. Hope you dream, baby rock a bye

If you’re rolling down the line and your heart says stop, stop here
Woman in the city, little girl on a ranch in Brookmere

All of that gold is gone I guess, they tasted it once and just swallowed the rest
From the bustle in the roundhouse, to the echo of a jet
Never forget, baby rock a bye

Rock a bye baby never forget, papa’s wave the night you left
How in his arms, a little girl wept
Rock a bye baby never forget

If you’re rolling down the line and your heart says stop, stop here
Woman in the city, little girl on a ranch in Brookmere

I built a cradle of lodgepole pine, the cradle it rocks for when your baby cries
The pine is blue, my back yard’s dying
Hope it rains, baby rock a bye

Rock a bye baby hope it rains, or this whole town will go up in flames
And down in history, we’ll barely remain
Rock a bye, baby hope it rains

If you’re rolling down the line and your heart says stop, stop here
Woman in the city, little girl on a ranch in Brookmere

Km 19

Written By: Pateman

Tarps flying, trees dropping, rain falling all day
Cutting up an ugly block the hard way
Quad dying, shoulder crying, waiting on day four,
I don't wanna work at Km 19 anymore

Loaded on the Ice Bridge at 5
Gotta get to that old barge one more time
And god-damn me if I'm late
Be on the wrong side of Ootsa Lk
And someone else will be using my plate

Ripped orange caulk boots, wrinkled right foot blues
You can't tell a bad day by the water in your shoes
White knuckled truck driving is no way to end a day but it beats the screef out of swimming cold across the lake

Loaded on the Ice Bridge at 5
Gotta get to that old barge one more time
And god-damn me if I'm late
Be on the wrong side of Ootsa Lk
And someone else will be using my plate

Gonna get some Pilsner and drink it before the bar
Forget about the daily grind and maybe play a little bit of guitar
So good-bye bush camps and all your aches and pains, may nothing but the crackin' inside of my wrists remain

Loaded on the Ice Bridge at 5
Gotta get to that old barge one more time
And god-damn me if I'm late
Be on the wrong side of Ootsa Lk
And someone else will be using my plate

Discography

The Breakmen-2006 Outside Distribution-CAD/Burnside Distribution-US

Whiskey Hollow Bound-Compilation CD including 2 tracks by The Breakmen-2007 Outside Distribution

When You Leave Town-Oct 10, 2008 Outside Distribution-CAD/Burnside Distribution-US

Heartwood - November 7, 2010

Set List

When You Leave Town (Pateman)
Play Me Another One (Watson)
Jethros Chocolates (Rogalsky)
Brookmere (Pateman)
Leavin' California (Watson)
Belong To That Band (Trad)
Racing in The Streets (Springsteen)
Come and Gone (Pateman)

Cold Nights of Darkness (Watson)
Thats Where I Lay Down (Rogalsky)
Hospital Moon (Pateman)
Long Time Mama (Watson)
Cool me Down (Watson)
Buy me a Ticket (Pateman)
Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Watson)
No More Cane (Traditional)

Heavy on my Mind (Watson)
Didn't He Ramble (Traditional)
Red Dress (Willie P. Bennett)
Mama Knows Best (Pateman)
Leavin' on a Midnight Train(Watson)
Km 19 (Pateman)
Cold Nights of Darkness (Watson)
Cocaine Blues (Traditional)
Never Shine Sun (Greg Brown)

*One to three sets, 40-60 minutes each.