Break Even

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Break Even
Origin Perth, Western Australia[1]
Genres Hardcore punk, melodic hardcore
Years active 2005 (2005)–2012 (2012), 2014–present
Labels Resist Records (Australia), Anchors Aweigh Records (Europe), Common Bond Records (Australia)
Associated acts Miles Away
Members Mark Bawden
Steffen Sciuto
Simon Dreja
Perri Basile
Past members Rowan Willoughby

Break Even are a hardcore punk band from Perth, Western Australia, originally formed in 2005.


Forming in the suburbs of Perth in 2005, Break Even have released two successful releases and toured with the biggest names in local and international hardcore.

On 19 November 2008 Break Even guitarist Rowan Willoughby took his own life. Rowan's untimely death took a toll not only on the members of the band, but with everyone in the hardcore community, leaving a giant question mark over the future of the band.[2]

The band recovered and released their debut album, The Bright Side in June to rave reviews by both fans and critics alike. The album, came in at number 17 on the ARIA album chart and reached number 7 on the national AIR chart.[3]


On 23 February 2012, Break Even announced their breakup through various internet communities. The message to their fans on Facebook read;

"It is with sadness that we announce Break Even have decided to part ways. Over time the commitments in our lives other than the band have become more important and despite our best efforts to persist with the band after all the writing and touring over the last few years we have to come to the end of the road... We have made so many friends and seen so many places through our music and couldn't be happier at what we have seen and done. Thanks to anyone that has come to a show, let us stay at their house, put a show on for us, released our music or just supported us in anyway possible. We are forever grateful. THANK YOU "

The band did their final national tour as a part of the Soundwave Festival in February 2012 and announced their final dates for July 2012.


In December 2014 they made several updates via Facebook announcing they would be touring in February 2015, on the "I'd Rather Be Giggin'" Tour, with special guests Hopeless, Endless Heights and Postblue, they also released a new song entitled "Young & Bright". They released a statement on their website explaining their decision to reform and the meaning behind the new song;

We wrote Young and Bright with a sense of nostalgia about everything we had been through as a band and more so as people and how the music impacted our lives.

Sadly Break Even ended abruptly and we never got a chance to thank everyone the way we wanted to. We played our last show in 2012, but there have always been constant reminders of the music, to where it has never truly left our hearts.

Young and Bright is a thank you song to everyone who has supported our music, us as people and us as a band over the years. 2015 will see Break Even release the record we never got to finish. Without your loyalty and support, we wouldn't be who and where we are today.

Thank you.


Studio albums
Year Album details Peak chart positions
2009 The Bright Side
  • Released: June ??, 2009
  • Label: Resist Records/Anchors Aweigh Records
17 7
  • Young at Heart (Common Bond Records, 2006)
  • Break Something Even More Split w/Something More (Common Bond Records, 2007)
  • "Roar"
Music videos
  • "Hells Gates"



  • Mark Bawden – vocals (2005–2012, 2014–present)
  • Simon Dreja – drums (2005–2012, 2014–present)
  • Steffen Sciuto – guitar (2005–2012, 2014–present)
  • Perri Basile – bass (2007–2012, 2014–present)


  • Rowan Willoughby – guitar (2005–2008)


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