Breakin' Hundred
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Breakin' Hundred

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Apr
02
Breakin' Hundred @ Arlene's Grocery

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

Mar
23
Breakin' Hundred @ The Lion's Den

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

Mar
17
Breakin' Hundred @ Zoinks

West Islip, NY, New York, USA

West Islip, NY, New York, USA

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The best kept secret in music

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Talking to the members of Breakin' Hundred, you'd never think that the live music business was in a slump, or that playing original music on Long Island was subjecting yourself to a fate akin to a case of chronic shingles. In the world of Breakin' Hundred, it's all good.

As the band heads into the studio to record its third CD, their faithful fan population continues to grow and make their presence felt at club shows. Things hit an all-time high recently when the quartet won the Santom Search band competition. The four-month battle featured more than 60 bands, but Breakin' Hundred walked away with the grand prize at the finals at The Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale on November 16. Not bad for an act that has only been whole for a single year.

Guitarist/songwriter Mike (Philly) Lao and singer Eric Maestre began what would become Breakin' Hundred as an acoustic duo. The full lineup features Philly and Eric with Judd Jaworowski on bass/backing voice and Mark Corso behind the drums.

Faced with explaining the band's sound, Philly struggled to describe what is perhaps indescribable.

“It's very radio friendly, and it covers every genre. We have songs ranging from punk to alternative. We're basically an alternative band, but we branch out to every influence. It's very diverse.”

Asked if playing music that drew influences from so many genres made building a fan base difficult, Mark Corso explained how the band's experience proved this not to be the case.

“Not at all. It definitely helps us. We played in the city at a comedy club, Don't Tell Mama. At first four comedians went on, and then us. We were very nervous about what kind of reaction we were going to get, but it was beyond belief how they reacted to us.”

“We didn't have many of our fans there,” Maestre continues. “So to play in front of total strangers and get bigger applause than the comedians and Broadway singers was just unbelievable.”

The Breakin' Hundred singer spoke about the difference between how club audiences respond to original music in New York City as opposed to their own backyard in Long Island .

“I think on Long Island it's a bit harder to get respect as an original band. Most places will expect you to play covers just to appeal to everybody, and we really try very strongly to get by without playing covers. We already have such a decent following of people asking to hear our originals, so why should we play other people's music when we don't need to be? So I think in the city, they are a little more receptive with original music.”

“People in the city,” Philly follows, “are more independent and willing to listen to something new. They're more outgoing and liberal. Here they're more conservative, and if they hear something that they don't know, they're more likely to shut you out.”

The band's current record, A Jar of Change , is available at their shows, but Breakin' Hundred is in the studio working on their next project, which is slated for a spring '05 release. For the boys of Breakin' Hundred, this is expected to the their break-out disc.

“We've recorded two albums so far, but our best stuff is what we're recording right now. It's weird because we won this battle of the bands playing all songs that are unrecorded. And these are the songs that are going to go on the next album. We've grown so much from the first demo. The songwriting, the playing, everything has grown.”

As Breakin' Hundred's lone songwriter, Philly is faced with carrying the band's message. The writer spoke about what he intends for the listener to take away from his lyrics.

“It's about life. I don't want to sound cheesy, but that's all there is to it. You can relate to it. The lyrics are never too specific; you can see it any way you want to. So when you listen, you can relate to it no matter what you're going through. But we try not to be too generic, because how many times can you say ‘I love you' in a song.”

“I never write songs specifically for anything. If I can't stop myself from singing it, I know it's going to be a hit. I know that when I'm playing it, that it's going to be hard for people not to sing along. It's going to be stuck in their heads. I build from the chorus. I never write verses. I start with the chorus.”

Though the songs are open to interpretation, the focus and goals of the band are not. The members of Breakin' Hundred want it all, and for these four musicians, success is a matter of “when” and not “if.”

“What we're trying to do right now is concentrate on the music,” says Eric Maestre. “To get this third CD, which is by far the best thing that Philly's written, out there and get signed.”

“If you come to one of our shows,” Philly offers, “You're going to see some high school kids on one side, you'll see corporate office people on another, and you'll see an older crowd of people in their forties listening to us. Everybody basically appreciates it, and that's the main goal of the band - to reach out to everybody. We want to take this all the way, as far as we can. We're not going to stop until we're one of the best bands out there. We feel very strongly about that, and we're all on the same page. It's either this or nothing.” - Dan Brown - Good Times Magazine


Though a cabaret may seem an unlikely venue for a rock band, the performance by the Bellmore-based Breakin’ Hundred at the New York City night club Don’t Tell Mama was a rare and welcome departure from what one usually expects from local talent. Strong, solid drumming and bass, driving guitar rifts and clean, clear vocals infused with a high-energy stage presence, make this radio-friendly band almost impossible to watch while sitting still. While front man Eric Maestre does his part to raise the temperature in the audience up a few notches with his sizzling vocals, there isn’t a weak link in the foursome.
And although other bands may have four or five talented members, it’s the spark that ignites when Breakin’ Hundred is on stage that sets them above and apart from other homegrown originals.

Meshing
“We mesh,” said songwriter-guitarist Mike “Philly” Lao. That “meshing” or the easy-going, fun-loving rapport among the band mates can be witnessed both on stage and off, as can the passion they share for their music. Reflecting on last summer’s self-financed tour of venues in the Southeast, bass player and background vocalist Judd Jaworowski said on the of the best parts of the touring experience was seeing just how well the band got along for close to a month on the road.
The young band started coming together three years ago and is compromised of three Bellmore natives who went to Mepham High, with drummer Mark Corso from Syosset joining the trio last year.
This past October saw the release of the band’s second CD, “A Jar of Change.” This follow-up collection by the band is the first with Mr. Corso on board. Listeners will find that both the beat and the lyrics of the songs on “A Jar of Change” quickly become contagious. One can easily hear themselves singing along to songs like “Wait For Me” well before the track has ended.
“A lot of people can relate to our music,” said Mr. Jaworowski. The band lists some of their influences as Nickleback, Green Day, Staind, Trapt and Matchbox 20, but don’t expect to hear a copy of anything you’ve heard before. “Philly” prides himself on writing songs that find new and different ways to express universal emotions.
At 22 years old, Philly is the youngest band member followed by Mr. Maestre at 25, Mr. Jaworowski, 26, and Mr. Corso at 31. An English major in college, Philly said he started writing songs at about 13 or 14 to deal with situations going on in his life at the time. Philly said, “People listen to find comfort in songs. Every time I write a song and people appreciate it I feel like we’re on the same page.”
Unlike many guitarists that later take to writing songs, self-taught guitarist Philly says ironically, “I learned guitar to write songs.”
Mr. Maestre says the band’s songs can best be described as “non-generic.” Philly added, “We hate generic lyrics. We hate generic music.” That drive for a sound that’s uniquely their own has paid off with a compilation of songs appealing to an audience with a wide range of ages and tastes. Or as Mr. Jaworowski says, “A really great sound that’s catchy for all.” Philly added, “We have a little bit of everything. Every genre we cover.”

Working the LI Scene
While breaking onto the city’s music scene, “Breakin’ Hundred” – in which three members graduated from Mepham, and one of those three lived in Merrick – keeps busy paying its dues at a variety of Long Island hot spots such as The Dublin Pub and Bogart’s in Uniondale, among other places.
Their efforts to be seen were rewarded this past July with a chance to open for rock legends Skid Row. When asked about the nerves opening up for such a well-known headliner, Mr. Jaworowski said, “Once you’re up there and start doing it, all the nerves just fade. The music take over.”
Mark said the size of the audience isn’t really a factor. “[It] doesn’t matter if there are four people or 200.”
Though the band plays big, the charismatic Mr. Maestre consciously maintains contact with the fans throughout each song, regardless of size of venue, citing audience appreciation as the force that fuels his performance.
The band would like to tour again in the near future but hopes to sign a record deal before setting out on the road in order to offset some of the traveling expenses. They plan on returning to the studio in January to start recording their next CD which they’d like to have out and available at their shows in March.
The band members say they owe a huge debt of gratitude to Judd’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jaworowski, for not only giving them space to rehearse but also supporting the band in all of its endeavors.
The band has a website, www.breakinhundred.com, where fans and newcomers are welcome to check out on upcoming shows and CDs. Catch them while they’re on Long Island or in nearby New York City ‘cause if they stay on track, Breakin’ Hundred should be breaking onto the charts soon. - Linda Delmonico-Prussen - Bellmore Life


Have you ever been in love? Well if the answer is no ladies you've never seen Breakin' Hundred. Eric Maestre the lead vocalist is captivating to say the least. Breakin' Hundred is an original band that is about to break through the mainstream. This band is amazing. They play with such feeling and emotion it's hard not to get caught up in the moment.

Listening to Eric sing “She walks away/she starts to fade/she's so afraid/to come my way/won't you just let me know,” entrances you into a world of melancholy. You are left feeling used, hurt and confused all at once. When Eric sings his voice exudes so much passion, creating an intimate relationship with the crowd. His body moves in time to the rhythm. As the night goes on the songs get deeper and deeper penetrating your soul so you are left feeling vulnerable. Eric is extremely talented, and literally holds the audience at his whim.

Just when you feel you can't get any lower Mark Corso (drums), Judd Jaworowski (bassist), and Mike “Philly” (guitar) kick it into 5 th grear. These guys vibe off each other so perfectly, creating an unbelievable performance. When they played the song “Let It Be” the crowd went nuts. This song is fast, loud and packed with adrenaline. The crowd instantly transformed into a bunch of raging rockers.

Then Breakin' Hundred managed to continuously raise the energy level through the roof with the songs “Follow Me,” and “Breakdown.” The versatile style these guys [have] is a testament to their talent. And just when you thought it was safe, they take you back to the darkside.

The lyrics are poetic and real and hit home hard, and it's clear these guys have experienced a life not sugar coated and polished, but one that has been tarnished with disappointments. Through each song you follow their journey upon an emotional rollercoaster that will constantly have you on the edge of your seat.

If you think you can handle having your heart ripped out and then shoved back at you then come down to The Nutty Irishman on Tuesday's Wings N' Strings and listen to Breakin' Hundred. - Dana Ensalata - Good Times Magazine


Discography

"Breakin' Hundred" 2003; "A Jar of Change" 2004; "A Little Bit of Everything" (set for release in fall 2005)

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Bio

Breakin’ Hundred is the newest and hottest rock and roll band to hit Long Island, New York. Based out of the South Shore area, Breakin’ Hundred is composed of four talented up and coming musicians, as they are backed up with powerful music and lyrics written by one of their own.
Breakin’ Hundred released their first album in the summer of 2003 which included hard rocking melodic songs like “Everything Good Is You” and “You’re With Me”. This album also included slow-paced but powerful hits like “The Last Run” and “Frustrated”.

Quickly following their debut album, Breakin’ Hundred performed at Bentley College’s Homecoming Weekend in Massachusetts and soon headlined in Wantagh, Long Island at Mulcahy’s Winter Wonderband Festival. Mulcahy’s has since then invited the band back on numerous occasions and also gave them the privilege of opening up for Skid Row.

As well as being the house band for both The Dublin Pub in New Hyde Park and Bogart’s in Uniondale, Breakin’ Hundred was given the opportunity to play at the world renown CBGB’s in New York City just before kicking off their first tour in the summer of 2004. In their travels, the band performed across the country with stops including El Paso, New Orleans and both Carolinas.

Upon their return, Breakin’ Hundred completed and released their second album, “A Jar of Change”. In their sophomore compilation, they covered all extremes by including fast, energized songs such as “Breakdown” and easing into a softer touch with songs like the harmonious “Don’t Give Up on Me”. With this album also came the longed-for release of their well known hit, “Wait for Me” which has the crowd wound up at every performance.

With two records under their belt, Breakin Hundred definitely wasn't ready to stop there. With the group’s amazing passion for perfection, strongwill, and drive, they managed to write, record, and finally piece together the most vital and the most anticipated album of their future careers... " A little Bit Of Everything..." This latest album showcases almost the maximum potential of this upcoming band. With radio-friendly rock songs like "Lookin In, and Leave Us Behind" the group definitely secured the alternative rock part of their wide and diverse genre. "Etched in Stone, Everyday, and Let It Be displays the band's diversity with punky fast melodic riffs. The album is also backed by slower ballads such as "Not Today and the closer, "Said and Done." The record shows the bands maturtiy and feel for better and more complete songs whether it be a pop, rock, punk, or a ballad hence the title..."A Little Bit Of Everything"

Breakin’ Hundred continues to amaze and entertain old and new fans at each one of their shows. Breakin’ Hundred gives a performance like no other, generating powerful modern rock combined with amazing harmonies. Drawing from such influences as Nickelback, Green Day, Staind, Trapt and Matchbox 20 to name a few, this charismatic band will proceed to impress the eyes and ears of this generation for years and years to come.