Breed Obsession

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Breed Obsession
Gyroscope - Breed Obsession.png
Studio album by Gyroscope
Released 8 March 2008 (2008-03-08)
Recorded 2007
Elevator Studios, Liverpool
Genre Alternative rock
Length 42:59
Producer Dave Eringa
Gyroscope chronology
Are You Involved?
Breed Obsession
Singles from Breed Obsession
  1. "Snakeskin"
    Released: 27 October 2007
  2. "1981"
    Released: 12 February 2008
  3. "Australia"
    Released: 12 July 2008
  4. "These Days"
    Released: 1 November 2008

Breed Obsession is the third studio album by Australian rock band Gyroscope, produced by Dave Eringa and released through Warner Music on 8 March 2008.

The album was recorded, mixed and produced in the United Kingdom. It was the second time Gyroscope had headed overseas to record, after working in Los Angeles on their previous album Are You Involved?, in 2005.[1]

Breed Obsession debuted at number one on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart, making it the band's most commercially successful album.[2] The album received further accolades when it was certified gold by ARIA in August 2008.[3]


The album was recorded at Elevator Studios in Liverpool with Dave Eringa (Idlewild, Manic Street Preachers), and mixed at Livingstone in London, United Kingdom. Zoran Trivic in an interview explaining why they recorded so far away from the home town of Perth:

"We didn't really decide to travel afar purposely. We loved Dave Eringa's work [producer on Breed Obsession] for his previous records with Idlewild. His sounds are broad and varied and raw but still precise. He lives in London so we had to travel to work with him. And he was a godsend to tell you the truth. A great experience."[4]


The first single from the album, "Snakeskin", was released on 27 October 2007, debuting at No. 30 on the ARIA singles chart,[5] was number-one most voted on JTV, number-one most requested song on Triple J's Super Request and was ranked No. 16 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2007. The "Snakeskin" video was shot in Wiltshire, near Stonehenge, south of London. The video sees the band playing in the middle of a 200-metre crop circle that was made specifically for the video, in the same farm where the Led Zeppelin crop circle was made that featured on the cover of the Remasters compilation album.[6] "Snakeskin" was featured in all Network 10 promotions for the 2008 AFL season.[7] The song also won two WAMi Awards for 'Best Single' and 'Best Video'.

On 12 February 2008 the band released the second single from the album, "1981",[8] which peaked at No. 67 on the ARIA singles chart.[9]

The song "Australia" was released as the third single in July 2008.[10] It reached No. 50 on the physical singles chart and No. 99 on the ARIA singles chart.[11] The song was heralded as a potential hit and unofficial anthem, with Mushroom Records chief Michael Parisi saying "This is a new anthem. Massive, massive, massive."[12] The song pays tribute to indigenous people, first settlers, Diggers and recent reconciliation efforts. Songwriter Daniel Sanders stating:

"I wanted to express it for my own sake. So I could rejoice in what I love about this country. Each to their own, but this is simply one Australian talking to another about how blessed we are. It's not patriotic or waving flags. It's a song to be enjoyed with a beer. Cheers, Australia. Tip of the cap."[12]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Access All Areas(favourable)[13]
Kill Your Stereo(75/100)[15]
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Daniel Sanders, Rob Nassif, Brad Campbell, Zoran Trivic.[17]

2."All in on One"3:25
3."These Days"4:02
6."Weapon. Enemy. Friend."3:36
7."Polyphons and Multidors"2:44
8."The River Between"3:32
9."Her Design"3:26
11."Silver Heart"3:00

Chart performance[edit]

Country Provider(s) Peak position
Australia Australia[2] ARIA 1

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
Australia 8 March 2008 Warner CD, MP3, DVD #5144248852


Recording details


  1. ^ "Are You Involved?". Music Australia. Retrieved 12 November 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "ARIA Albums Chart search for: Gyroscope". Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2008. 
  3. ^ Kachor, Kate (12 August 2008). "Gyroscope scores gold on eve of tour". Eleven magazine. Archived from the original on 20 September 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Q&A with Gyroscope's Zoran Trivic". 26 February 2008. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Australian ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "Snakeskin". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "Gyroscope: Breeding Obsession". 13 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "Gyroscope : 1981". Warner Music Australia. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Gyroscope crashes in at #1". The Department of Culture and the Arts (Western Australian Government). Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2008. 
  10. ^ "Gyroscope : Australia". Warner Music Australia. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "Australian chartifacts". ARIA. 14 July 2008. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  12. ^ a b Te Koha, Nui (8 March 2008). "Gyroscope's new song "Australia" full of pride". Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 25 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008. 
  13. ^ Access All Areas review Archived 27 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Faster review
  15. ^ Kill Your Stereo review
  16. ^ Allmusic review
  17. ^ "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2007. 

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