Elephant & Castle, London28/04/12
After releasing one of the albums of the year so far, Breton have certainly deserved the hype that is building around them, and this, their first hometown show since the release of ‘Other People’s Problems’, is both triumphant celebration and a transition to a broader consciousness. After kicking off a frenetic 40-minute set with ‘Ordnance Survey’, ‘Pacemaker’ and ‘Edward the Confessor’, the band are clearly enjoying themselves, frontman Roman Rappak freely charming a crowd hanging off his every word and passing a bottle of Jameson’s around. And why wouldn’t they be? Selling out Corsica Studio days after a debut album release is no small feat and the – at times shambolic – set is a testament to both the way in which Breton have conducted themselves and their loyal fanbase.
For all the buzz, there is something genuinely intriguing about their approach – more collective than band, the five-piece incorporate a visual narrative into the performance, which has gained plaudits from all sorts of music royalty. And tonight they deliver. It’s as simple as that. Things go wrong – the bassist needs to have his instrument gaffered to his body and the smoke machine seemed a bit temperamental – but tonight Breton stated their intentions.
By Samuel Ballard
Originally published in issue 37 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. April 2012