Breton (band)

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Breton
14-06-08 RiP Breton Roman Rappak.JPG
Roman Rappak during Rock im Park in 2014
Background information
Origin London, England UK
Genres Indie rock, experimental rock, electronic
Years active 2007–present
Labels Fatcat, Believe Recordings, Cut Tooth, Strange Torpedo, Hemlock Recordings
Website bretonlabs.com
Members Roman Rappak
Adam Ainger
Ian Patterson
Daniel McIlvenny
Ryan McClarnon
Past members Alex Wadey

Breton are an English band from London, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Roman Rappak, drummer Adam Ainger, programmer Ian Patterson, bassist Daniel McIlvenny, and visual artist Ryan McClarnon.

Rappak and Ainger began playing together around 2007, but the full group did not coalesce until several years later. They envisioned themselves as a multimedia artist collective, working from a former NatWest bank building in Elephant and Castle which they dubbed Breton Labs.[1] The group released three extended plays and did remixes for artists such as Tricky, Alt J, The Temper Trap, Lana Del Rey and Local Natives.[2] The group signed to Fatcat Records in 2011 and released their debut full-length, Other People's Problems, early the following year.[3]

For much of 2012 and 2013, the band played around Europe while writing material in preparation for a follow-up album. As their own studios had been earmarked for demolition, the five-piece moved to Berlin to record the new album.[4] They set up their own label and signed with Believe Recordings (UK) and released the singles "Envy" and "Got Well Soon" by the end of 2013. In early February 2014, the album War Room Stories was released.

Breton's single "Got Well Soon" was included in episode 4 of Life Is Strange, an episodic video game made by Dontnod Entertainment in 2015. This caused a rise in popularity of the single.[5]

Band members[edit]

Daniel McIlvenny
Current
Former
  • Alex Wadey (2010–2011)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album and details Peak positions Certification
FR
[6]
UK
Indie

[7]

Other People's Problems 151 35
War Room Stories
  • Year released: 2014
  • Record label: Cut Tooth / Believe Recordings
33 49

EPs[edit]

  • Practical EP (Strange Torpedo, 2010)
  • Sharing Notes EP (BretonLabs, 2010)
  • Counter Balance EP (Hemlock Recordings, 2011)
  • Blanket Rule EP (2012)
  • Escalation EP (BretonLabs, 2013)
  • Force of Habit EP (Cut Tooth / Believe Recordings, 2013)

Singles[edit]

Charting
Year Song Peak positions Album
FR
[6]
2012 "The Commission" 141 Other People's Problems
2014 "Envy" 84 War Room Stories
Other singles
  • "Edward the Confessor" (Fat Cat Records, 2011)
  • "Interference" (Fat Cat Records, 2012)
  • "Jostle" (Fat Cat Records, 2012)
  • "Population Density" (Fat Cat Records, 2012)
  • "Remixed 12"" (Fat Cat Records, 2013)
  • "Got Well Soon" (Cut Tooth / Believe Recordings, 2013)
  • "Envy" (Cut Tooth / Believe Recordings, 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hann, Michael (23 March 2012). "Breton: Other Peoples' Problems – review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Breton at Allmusic
  3. ^ Diver, Mike (2012). "Breton Other People's Problems Review". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Martin, Felicity (9 January 2014). "Breton: East Berlin War Stories". Clash. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Google Trends [1], rise in popularity noticeable in August 2015
  6. ^ a b "Breton discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Official UK Indie Albums Chart". UKChartsPlus. Liverpool: UKChartsPlus.