The Break-Up, with Clueless, Harris Newman and Swayback

That ominous marching sound you hear behind you isn't the long-awaited sleeper cell of Al Qaeda operatives activating, ready to wreak havoc on the Galleria. No, it's the endless procession of garage-rock bands coming lockstep out of NYC like cloned, leather- and artfully ripped-jeans-clad automatons. Luckily, Brooklyn's the Break-Up -- while mining a Ramones/Nuggets/Robert Smith lode -- has something else going for it: good ol' unbridled enthusiasm. That's right, on the band's debut EP, She Went Black, the quintet sounds like it's actually having a good time on raucous ravers like "Don't Save Me," "Waiting for the Snow" and the title track. Formed in 2003 purportedly after the five members each suffered a loss in their long-term relationships (hence the name), they've built a Gotham rep based on the frenetic nature of their live shows. On record, it's Allie F.'s keyboards that stand out -- and not just because she's the only girl in the group, and a hot one at that.
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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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