Christmas at Breaking Down means a great new single! - a joint release by post-Punk legend Helen McCookerybook and our very own Charlie Tipper Conspiracy.
Break 021 features a cover version of the Velvet Underground's Femme Fatale, a song that Helen first covered with her band Skat in 1982, plus a brand new song "Maybe Next Year", written and performed by the Tippers again with Helen on lead vocal.
All proceeds from the single will go to the charity Refugee Action.
To go with the single the two artists have come together to make a great split-screen video in which they recreate Andy Warhol's Factory.
Friday 28th October - The new EP by the Charlie Tipper Conspiracy is released today - here's the first track;
WEDNESDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2016
A Halloween Bonanza from Breaking Down! Two new releases - from Jonny Kinkaid and Charlie Tipper - are on the horizon and will be with us on 28th October 2016.
The second release from Jonny Kinkaid and the IMaginary NoWhere Band is a four track EP featuring two brand new songs, a cover version and a remix of a song from the debut album by the artist formerly known as Jon K.
At the same time The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy will release the second in their series of three EPs,
featuring four brand new songs (including a second peak at their forthcoming "Themes from Blizzard"
album). STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER NEWS.
MONDAY 25TH JULY 2016
The releases are coming thick and fast here at Breaking Down - latest off the presses is the new 4-track EP by the Charlie Tipper Conspiracy known as the "Clock on the Wall" EP.
Recorded only a few weeks ago, the EP is released to coincide with the band's appearance at this year's Indietracks festival.
Below you can also get a sneaky listen to the fourth track on the EP "If He's Alive I'll Find Him" - a song which has been written for the band's forthcoming soundtrack album "Themes from Blizzard"..
Released today: the new album by jon.k is an absolute cracker, full of great tunes, noisy guitars - just what you'd expect from a founder member of two other great bands, the Groove Farm and the Beatnik Filmstars.
You can buy the physical CD from our shop or visit Jon's Bandcamp page to buy the CD or download in a variety of formats.
Read more about the new album on our jon.k artist page.
Below you can listen immediately to one of our personal favourites here at Breaking Towers - "Secrets"
MONDAY 30TH MAY 2016
The new album by jon.k will be released by Breaking Down on 20th June. The album features 14 brand new songs from the ex-Groove Farm and Beatnik Filmstars guitarist, who is also plying his guitar-playing wares now with The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy.
Read more about it here.
The new 10" album by the Charlie Tipper Conspiracy is released today - formats are 10" vinyl, CD and download.
The new album can be purchased here, or if you want a sneak peak first, you can visit the band’s own Bandcamp site and, for a limited time, download three added bonus tracks, including a version of The Triffids’ classic “Wide Open Road”.
While you’re there, why not pick up one of their new T-Shirts as well?
For more information on the album, go to the Charlie Tipper page here and find out what the new songs are about.
You can watch a video for the song “Freak’s Retreat” here too.
Pleased to announce that The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy have been invited to play at the 10th Anniversary Indietracks festival in Butterley, Derbyshire. The festival takes place 29-31st July 2016 and you can find more details here.
The band will have released their new 10" LP by then - if you're going, you should definitely make sure you get along to see them and their terrific live show.
This and other gigs for the band in 2016 are detailed here.
Released today - the third single from the Charlie Tipper Experiment.
"Rock and Roll Dreaming" is taken from the album "Mellow On" and is accompanied by a brand new video directed by our comrade with the cornet Harry 'Iceman' Furniss.
The single is available as a limited edition CD-EP with two other previously unreleased versions of the title track and a new song, the Billy Liar-inspired "Count Five and Tell the Truth", which has previously only been available to watch on video via YouTube.
You can watch Harry's video right below:
MONDAY 15TH JUNE 2015
Unavailable in physical format for some years now, we're pleased to announce that a limit number of copies of the 4th Forest Giants album, "Things We Do When We're Bored" have now become available and can be purchased from our shop.
Very limited availability, when they're gone they're gone!
Released today, the new single by the Charlie Tipper Experiment could tip the balance in the forthcoming election. You can listen to it below and make your own mind up, then buy it from our BUY MUSIC page.
On the left is a picture of the back cover which features a Jon Kent original!
ANY PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF THIS SINGLE WILL BE DONATED TO THE HOUSING CHARITY SHELTER
MONDAY 13TH APRIL 2015
Wow - they've gone and caught us all on the hop.
Hard on the heels of releasing their debut LP "Mellow On", The Charlie Tipper Experiment have only gone and recorded an Election single to coincide with the UK General Election on May 7th.
The single, which got it's first run out last Saturday at Cafe Kino in Bristol, is entitled "You Made Me Homeless" and is a terrific slice of modern-day British pop music. But don't think Blur and Oasis, think more McCarthy and Billy Bragg..
Written and recorded in just two weeks, the single is backed with a cover version of the Elliot Smith song "Speed Trials" and will be released on Monday 20th April via the band's Bandcamp site and through all major download outlets.
MONDAY 2ND MARCH 2015
Released tomorrow! The new album by the Charlie Tipper Experiment is finally here. Visit our
CD and Vinyl store to order your copy before 31st March and receive 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks: Wasting Time, One Summer and You Won't Be Going Home Tonight (Austerity Mix).
If you buy CD or vinyl from us we'll e-mail the bonus tracks to you. If you buy the album on vinyl through us you'll also get a free CD version, as well as a lyric sheet. (For digital lovers the lyrics will be posted up here shortly).
Alternatively you can visit the band's Bandcamp page and download the songs instantly when you purchase the album on CD or Vinyl. You can also listen to the songs before you purchase.
The band have a few gigs coming up so visit their page here for more info on what they're up to.
Finally ready for release, the new album by The Charlie Tipper Experiment is out on 3rd March 2015.
Available on vinyl, CD or download, the album is called "Mellow On" and features ten brand new songs, plus another three bonus tracks if you buy it within the first month.
The band now has their own page here where you can find further information on what they are up to over the next few months as they get out and about. There are some pics too.
And if you can't wait until March, two tracks from the new album can be heard on our music page right now.
Full track listing: Something Worth Fighting For, The Boys From Frampton Cotterell, You Won't Be Going Home Tonight, I'll Take You With Me, Shine Like A Star, Wherever You Go I Go, Hypnotised, Help You, Come on Down (The Sirens' Call), Rock and Roll Dreaming.
A video for the opening track is currently being edited - we'll post it up as soon as it's ready...
Monday 29th September 2014
Next release from Breaking Down is a double album from the Forest Giants. Sessions and Singles (Break 011) is a compilation of the band's radio sessions between 2004-2007, as well as tracks that have had no or limited availability before, including vinyl-only tracks, unreleased singles and songs previously released on compilations.
There will be a very limited edition double CD which will be available for pre-order from 15th October, with the album release date set for 30th October 2014.
Full track listing to follow..
The Breaking Down summer sale is now on.
"Peacetime Broadcast" CD by the Five Year Plan, now only £5.
"Send My Love to Everyone" CD by the Short Stories now only £3.
All our other albums are now reduced to £2.00 and all remaining singles are 0.99p.
Sadly we can't reduce postage but these prices are all rock bottom and terrific value -
so go on, fill your boots!
Friday 9th May
Out now - the debut single by the Charlie Tipper Experiment is now available to download from iTunes and other retailers, or you can get an exclusive limited-edition CD-R direct from us for nothing more than the cost of the postage.
Ride Out is an exclusive track which won't feature on the band's debut album, which they have been busy recording for release in the autumn. Another single, entitled "Rock and Roll Dreaming", is scheduled for September release. We've heard the first proper mixes and it sounds terrific, so stay posted!
Thursday 17th April 2014
We now have our own You Tube site where you can view view videos by our bands - go here to visit and you can check out an exclusive look at the new single by The Charlie Tipper Experiment!
Wow! It's been a crazy few weeks here at Breaking Towers. Following our last announcement (below), the Five Year Plan ran a small promotion on their Facebook/Bandcamp page to pre-sell the CD, and managed to get rid of them all before the official release date!
This caused a lot of running around trying to figure out what to do next, but we are now pleased to announce that a second edition of the CD has arrived and is available from this site, as well as from the band themselves. There is also a bonus album available from their Bandcamp site featuring all 9 of the live tracks from their 1985 gig at the Thekla in support of the Housemartins.(see pic).
In other news, The Charlie Tipper Experiment's one sided CD-R single has been delayed slightly due to the panic and should now be available in April. The band have been in the studio recording their debut LP, and from the rough stuff we've heard coming straight off the mixing desk it already sounds great so we're looking forward to that.
The next release from Breaking Down is the 23-track compilation album "Peacetime Broadcast" by the Five Year Plan. Officially released on the 14th February 2014, the CD features all the band's vinyl releases, plus a huge array of unreleased recordings, including the "lost" third single and demo recordings from sessions at E-plus studio recorded in between the vinyl releases. In total, 21 original songs, plus a demo take on the band's most popular release "Hit the Bottle" and the colloboration with Subway recording artists Choo Choo Train, who featured Ric Menck and Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush, Matthew Sweet).
Although the release date is a while away, the CD has been set up on pre-order through the Five Year Plan Bandcamp page, which means you can order it right now for immediate despatch! In addition, you'll get an immediate download of the entire 9-tracks of live material from the 1985 gig that the band played in support to the Housemartins at the Thekla in Bristol.
After the release date, the additional live tracks will only be available for purchase as a separate download, so why not head over there now and pick yourself up an early New Year present?
Additional details of the release can be found on the band's page here.
Friday 20th December
Another year nearly over, and a great year for Breaking Down! We started with the release of The Short Stories single "Angry Young Man", which garnered loads of good reaction and some Radio Two airplay, and we ended with Tim's 50th Birthday Party at which The Five Year Plan made their long awaited comeback as part of a true festival of brilliant music (see poster to left).
Next year promises to bring more of the same, with the forthcoming release of a 23-track Five Year Plan compilation CD, the first time any of these songs have been available on anything other than the original vinyl or cassette tape!
On top of that we're ready to go with the release of the first single from The Charlie Tipper Experiment, the excellent "Ride Out". The band will be recording their debut LP in the spring time.
In the meantime, here's the Five Year Plan playing Brand New Car and See You in Heaven live at
the Thunderbolt in Bristol
Thanks everyone - have a Happy Christmas and New Year!
Friday 27th September
Its the 15th anniversary of the online music magazine Pennyblack Music, and we're very proud that the team have included an interview with the Short Stories in this very special edition. You can read the full article here.
Monday 5th August 2013
The next few releases from Breaking Down are now finalised and on the way!
First up is the new single from The Short Stories.
"Are You Listening Now?" is a re-mixed version of a song that appears on the band's
4th LP "Send My Love to Everyone", and will be available on Monday 19th August. The single will
be available as a download or as a limited edition CD-R from our Webstore or from the
band's Bandcamp site.
The video which accompanies the single shows the band working away (or mainly not working away) in the studio during the recording of the Toybox Studio version of the song, which will also be available on the CD-R release.
You can watch the video now on the band's YouTube site.
"Are You Listening Now?" will be followed by releases from our oldest and newest signings, The Five Year Plan and
The Charlie Tipper Experiment - full details to follow!
Full list of forthcoming releases:
Break CD 008 - The Short Stories "Are You Listening Now?" CD single
Break CD 009 - The Charlie Tipper Experiment "Ride Out" CD single
Break CD 010 - The Five Year Plan "Peacetime Broadcast" CD Compilation LP
On this day in 2013... the new Short Stories album is released today! You can grab your copy right here from our shop, or visit the Download tab to find out where you can download it from if that's your bag.
The album features 8 new songs, plus two versions of Angry Young Man, the single version and a 10 minute long deluxe version to round off the album nicely.
You can keep up to date with news on the album's Facebook page.
The launch party for the new Short Stories LP went off nicely last night, and you can view lots of pics up on our new Facebook page created to celebrate the release of the album on Friday 31st May.
The album will be available on a limited run CD from our shop as well as by download through all the usual outlets and the band's Bandcamp page.
In the meantime you can view a video for another song on the album, Falling Star, right here on YouTube
The new Short Stories single is out now, on limited edition CD-R or download. "Angry Young Man" is backed by three new songs, "Rain Falling", "The Duck Song" and "Bored in the Darkness" (taken from the 2011 Dandelion Radio Session.
You can buy the CD-R here or visit the band's Bandcamp page to download all four songs immediately.
And you can watch the video for the single here.
The single is just a taster for the band's amazing new LP "Send My Love to Everyone" which is due to be released on 31st May right here on Breaking Down. Enjoy!
The official release date for the new Short Stories single "Angry Young Man" has been put back a week to the 2nd May, which by a happy co-incidence is the night the boys and girls play with the legendary Blue Orchids in Bristol.
The single will be available in a short run of CD-Rs featuring 3 other new songs - "Rain Falling", "The Duck Song" and, from the Dandelion Radio session, "Bored in the Darkness".
If you want to come along for a measly £4 you'll need to contact the band via their Facebook page and get yourself on their cheap-list. Only condition is that you must turn up before the band play!
5th April 2013
We wouldn't normally go trumpetting other Record Labels, but on this occasion we're happy to make an exception. The 2nd in the "Recorded at Rocker's" series on the Local Underground label features the Dandelion Radio session recorded by our very own Short Stories and broadcast in January 2012. The session features very different versions of two songs that will soon appear on the new Short Stories LP, together with a third track "Bored in the Darkness" which doesn't feature on the LP. All three songs were recorded by the current line-up in one Sunday afternoon session, so its raw but nice!
The new Short Stories single "Angry Young Man" will be released on 23rd April 2013. The single features the cornet-playing skills of Harry Furniss and is definitely the band's most "pop" moment to date. The single will be backed by "Rain Falling" and two other new songs and issued on download via all the usual outlets, as well as a limited edition CD-R through us right here at Breaking Down.. You can listen to it here along with a song from the forthcoming LP "Send My Love to Everyone", or watch it on YouTube now and see what all the fuss is about..