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Bend to the Breaks

Five O'Clock Heroes

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Album Review

It seems like the early 21st century is loaded with alt-rock acts that sound like new wave acts circa the late '70s and early '80s. But in most cases that's probably a coincidence, as the groups in question were merely influenced by third-generation new wavers — who have no bloody idea who the heck Joe Jackson is. But then there are Five O'Clock Heroes, who specialize in a style known as "jerk pop" (due to their fondness for slashing, "Roxanne"-esque guitar lines) and draw from a musical vocabulary that is unmistakably straight from Look Sharp! and This Year's Model on their 2007 debut, Bend to the Breaks. Listening to such ditties as "Time on My Hands" and "Good Lovers," it's mighty hard not to think how swell these uptempo numbers would have sounded as part of the soundtrack to Fast Times at Ridgemont High or The Last American Virgin. Sticky sweet power pop (which is entirely keyboard-less) never goes out of style — especially when it's loaded with hooks — and Five O'Clock Heroes sure can craft a instantly memorable pop gem, as Bend to the Breaks is loaded with 'em.

Customer Reviews

My favourite album of 2006

If someone said to me, "Who do they sound like?" I really could not say. Bend to the Breaks is different, the songs on the album all have an energy, a kick to them. For me, "Stay the night", is the standout track in an album that has been overlooked by many but is full of quality. I think the key is that it is simple and not trying too hard, it just works! Corporate boy is a song that my flatmate and I relate to...they get it just about right!

Hugely underrated!

Buy this album and everything else that you can find by the heroes! The drummer Sam is a friend of ours and one of the most down to earth 'rock stars' you could meet. The English / America influence is very apparent in their sound, good combination. This album is top drawer and I have a sneaky feeling that their second will hit the big time!

Echo's sounds of the late 70's early 80's

Can really here sounds echoing out of bands like The Police in Skin Deep with the guitars and the singers voice. Its a really good tune. Quite catchy...bring back the 80's.

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