Instructed To Fail

by Breaklights

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Recorded March 2016 @ 3CG Studios in Tulsa, OK
Produced, mixed, and mastered by STEPHEN EGERTON

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released July 11, 2016

Charlie-vox/bass
Dan-guitar
Bryan-guitar
Tron-drums/vox

Harmonic bridge octaves on "Fake Out" played by Stephen Egerton

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"The main songwriting inspiration here is '90s punk rock. I'm reminded so much of what they used to call "post-hardcore" or "melodicore" or "emocore" back in the day. But in 2016, I think it's better just to say that Breaklights play pop-punk for adults. The songs are melody-driven for sure, but there's a real sophistication to the way that they're written. And this isn't a band that feels compelled to play at light speed. Of course you're getting a polished sound with Egerton producing - and those dense, crunching guitars really suit this band. With his warm and engaging vocal presence, Charlie is the rare singer that can exude sincerity without coming across as a total sap. As soon as the vocals came in, it was like I was hanging out with an old friend. These four songs have a nice mellowed-out vibe to them - along with strong hooks and plenty of guitar wallop." -FASTER AND LOUDER

"If you liked Lucy Loves Schroeder but not Good Charlotte, take that as a good sign for liking the songs from Breaklight’s EP" -GHOST OF BLIND LEMON

"Fast, slick, and poppy without being dull, Breaklights’ Instructed to Fail is a fun collection of songs that manages to emulate 90’s post-hardcore without resorting to parody or feeling like a murky reflection. There’s a sincerity in Breaklights’ delivery that transcends nostalgia. This is the music they want to play, the way they want to play it and the EP succeeds in large part because of that. If you missed the heyday of post-hardcore, consider Breaklights a gateway to a larger world, the same way that the post-hardcore and emo bands of the late 90’s were for me. If you’re an old fart then Breaklights may remind you of the past, while showing that the future still has a lot of promise as well." -OVRLD

"My favorite of the quartet of tracks has to be “Drag Me Down,” the most up-tempo on the disc. It sounds like a song that could come right out of the Descendents’ catalog." -JERSEY BEAT

"Thematically, Instructed to Fail covers very familiar territory--love songs from a group of angst-ridden and maladjusted dudes who can't seem to catch a break (love songs are the bread and butter of just about every great pop band). True that this sort of theme has been done ad nauseam, but who the hell cares? The songs are wonderfully catchy mid-tempo power-pop tunes that I replayed over-and-over. And first two tracks are real gems--I found myself humming the melody throughout the day." -SOUNDS RAD

"Four-song release from this band from Austin. Stephen Egerton produced it, so you know it sounds excellent. The songs are power pop and well constructed. “Mainstay” stands out to me the most after repeated listens. I will be keeping an eye for a full length from this outfit. Get this to wet your whistle for now." -RAZORCAKE

"Austin has a new pop punk band to obsess over and they are Breaklights" -AUSTINDOTCOM

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Track Name: Fake Out
Countdown to your fake out, it's everything that you wanted it to be
Jazzed up for the breakdown, another fib is another fire to feed

You set us up, it's hug or bust, a fantasy
For heaven's sake, corroborate, your make believe
You're such a fake out, and your fake out's all you need

Revved up for the burnout, it's inevitable, you'll see
Ruin all the fun now, blame me

You're a mistake, a constant ache, it's killing me
And we all try, but still despise, your everything
You're such a fake out, and your fake out's all you need

You set us up this time, with make believe
How do you sleep at night? It's fantasy
You're such a fake out, and it's all that you know how to be

Your fake out's all you need (x3)
Track Name: Mainstay
When I roll over tomorrow, I'll expect you to be gone
And I won't budge at all
You're leaving me at the altar, 'til the auctioneer comes on
And we all shake it off

It's the opposite of real life
I'm the project for the down time
It's a game we play on pleasant day, outside
but there's a narrow path, to the bright side

A sudden break from the old routine, is a true catastrophe
And I know
It's all that you ever wanted, so put the party hats on
And we all laugh it off

You're the oddball in a straight line
I'll be unhinged in the meantime
We'll be a-ok on a getaway, stateside
But there's a narrow path, to the bright side

We'll party on, until we're too far gone
There's an odd frustration I feed, it's agony
And it's calling me

When I roll over tomorrow, I'll expect you to be gone
And I won't blame you
Track Name: Drag Me Down
This is a day for dragging down
Keeping afloat when all I wanna do is drown
This is a makeshift lost and found
You build it up, you nail it down, just to burn it to the ground

A bag of bones, an empty home, surround me
A busted heart, a brand new start, confound me
All those times I rushed to you, so you could look right through me
Now you're not around, to drag me down

That was a day for walking out
Had me convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt
This is a makeshift lost and found
You build it up, you nail it down, just to burn it to the ground

It's doom and gloom, and open wounds, that own me
I'm looking for a metaphor, to show me
All those times I rushed to you, so you could look right through me
Now you're not around, to drag me down

Everyday I pretend I'm escaping
To a world where your heart isn't breaking
But it's all just a daydream, it's not reality

A bag of bones, an empty home, surround me
A busted heart, a brand new start, confound me
All those times I rushed, all those times I rushed to you
All those times I rushed, just so you could look right through
Track Name: Attached To You
It's an awkward age, when I am just another swing door
But it's a brand new day, and I am just a guy you fell for
We're just runaways, we'll never sleep again

You wanted me to be like you
You wanted me to attach to you
You wanted, everything you got
You got it

You're an open book, that I would never wanna skim through
I'm a chorus hook, that you don't wanna hum along to
We're a second look, I'd just as soon forget

I wanted you, belong to me, belong to you (x9)