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Video Premiere: "Break Away" by The End of America

The End of America
20 May 2019

The End of America – Photo courtesy of The End of America

Philadelphia-based folk-rock band The End of America are a spirited, warm, and beautifully harmonizing band of musicians who, at three albums into their career, are breaking away from the idea of LP releases and instead are dropping a series of new songs that will bow every month throughout 2019.

The first single in this run of non-album tracks, the aptly titled “Break Away”, is due out June 7th on all digital and streaming platforms, and will also be available as a limited edition 7” vinyl and features a version of Simon and Garfunkel’s “America” on the B-side.

The Big Takeover is delighted to host the premiere of the heartfelt live performance video for “Break Away”, which was recorded at a barn cabin and produced by the band (James Downes, Trevor Leonard, and Brendon Thomas) and mixed by Trevor Leonard.

On “Break Away” they meld mellifluous and fluid acoustic instrumentation with drum loops and a touch of keys, while the members’ signature harmonies (e)merge and radiate to engaging effect.

In the video directed and edited by Kirby Sybert, the band members are introduced with a brief segment of them walking through the car-congested city and then a spare, open field. This swiftly segues to the main event, as the trio gathers in front of a crackling fireplace and play their instruments and sing in unity.

This captivating performance of the dreamy, wistful, and restless song is interspersed with other video clips; of the band members performing onstage and footage of them walking through Philly and the countryside.

An enthused Brendon Thomas comments, ““Break Away” was written and recorded on the spot during a break mid-tour. It was one of those sessions that felt like magic. A full moon. There was a pond full of peepers near the cabin and you can hear them on the tracks. We played on wineglasses and looped stomp/clap ideas. Lots of spontaneity and experimenting. Somehow it still sounded like us. We’re excited to let this one out of the bag.”