Breaks Co-Op

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Breaks Co-Op
OriginNew Zealand
Years active1997 - present
MembersAndy Lovegrove
Zane Lowe
Hamish Clark

Breaks Co-Op is a New Zealand band, formed in 1997, initially recorded with Deepgrooves Entertainment and more recently with EMI.[1]

The band members are Andy Lovegrove, Zane Lowe, and Hamish Clark.

Lowe had collaborated with Clark when Lowe was a member of hip-hop group Urban Disturbance.[2][3] Lowe and Clark formed Breaks Co-Op in Auckland, releasing the electronic album Roofers in 1997[4] before they both left New Zealand to travel and pursue other interests. They ended up in the UK, where Lowe became a radio DJ and TV presenter.[5]

After several years hiatus, Lowe and Clark started working on new material in 2004, recruiting Andy Lovegrove from artist/producers The Away Team after hearing a vocal demo.

Released in 2005 in New Zealand, The Sound Inside was a double-platinum seller[6], with lead single "The Otherside" the winner of Song Of The Year at the New Zealand Music Awards.

The Co-op toured and relocated to the UK, where their album was released by Parlophone.

The live lineup is Lovegrove on lead vocals and guitar; Rodney Fisher on vocals, lead guitar, mandolin and percussion; Rio Hemopo on bass and vocals; Tom Atkinson on drums; and Clark on turntables, samples, and vocals.

The song "The Otherside" is featured in the Season One Brothers & Sisters episode "Valentine's Day Massacre". Also from the album, the song "The Sound Inside" is featured in the Season Seven CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Post Mortem".

The song "Transister" from the album "Roofers" features New Zealand musician Jordan Reyne as guest vocalist / lyricist.



Year Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
NZ[7] UK[8]
1997 Roofers
2005 The Sound Inside
  • Released: 21 March 2005
  • Label: EMI
  • Catalogue: 8733512
3 55
  • NZ: 2x Platinum[9]
2014 Sounds Familiar 11
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ[7] UK[8]
1997 "Sound Advice" 39 Roofers
2005 "The Otherside" 10 43 The Sound Inside
"Settle Down"
2006 "A Place for You"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "About Me". HAMISH CLARK. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Urban Disturbance - AudioCulture". Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  3. ^ "BBC - Radio 1 - Zane Lowe - Biography". Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  4. ^ Kara, by Scott (11 March 2005). "The beat goes on for Breaks Co-Op". ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  5. ^ @chris__schulz, Chris Schulz (5 January 2019). "How Zane Lowe became the world's most powerful DJ". ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Breaks Co-Op are back to play the other side". 24 January 2014. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  7. ^ a b "BREAKS CO-OP IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  8. ^ a b "BREAKS CO-OP". Official Charts Company. Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Gold and platinum New Zealand albums to 2013". Te Ara. Encyclopedia of NZ. Retrieved 19 July 2015.