"I'm inspired by the inspired-if I read or hear something that's passionate, it influences me," explained Breaking Laces frontman and guitarist Willem Hartong of his Brooklyn-based band's versatile and energetic sound.
Showcasing a humor as open and sharp as their acrobatic musicianship, Breaking Laces proved to Mojo Main on Thursday, Jan. 12 just why they have such a dedicated grassroots following. Although they were promoting their most recent album, When You Find Out (released last May) touring for the trio isn't only a vehicle to get the word out about new material-it's at the heart of their identity. After the show, in fact, the band gave away copies of When You Find Out to the audience, confident in the contagiousness of their live performance to both drive downloads to their formidable catalog and attendance at their many shows.
Although the band has been producing since 2005, their aesthetic continues to evolve-When You Find Out has garnered notable attention on the airwaves, especially across college campuses. Bassist Rob Chojnacki calls the album, "a lot bigger than our previous releases." "You can see the development of a more expansive sound which is particularly impressive from a three-person band," he continued.
Drummer Seth Masarsky, however, was quick to note that when they return to the studio, "it will be a different sound again."
Breaking Laces hopes to release a new record by the end of 2012, and armed with musicianship so dexterous that it can swing from the folk-acoustic chords of the coffee shop to the blistering energy of a metal concert, the album promises to be a testament to the band's earnest melodies and tenacious songwriting. And when the trio finishes up in the studio, fans in Newark and cities dotted throughout the country can rest assured that they will return to where they feel most at home-on stage.