Break of Reality / I/Ø
Break of Reality has been applauded for its “genuine technique” and ability to “rock out like they mean it,” according to Time Out/New York. With a sound described as having “excitement, originality, and an undeniable intensity that louder, heavier bands only dream of,'' as the Rochester City Newspaper put it, Break of Reality is a cello rock band originally formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2003. The band is filling concert venues around the country with fans eager to hear their original music as well as interpretations of Tool, Metallica, and System of a Down. Cinematic, subdued, and heavy all at once, it draws fans of Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, and Yo-Yo Ma. Break of Reality has given hundreds of performances across the country at performing arts centers, colleges, rock clubs, and music festivals such as South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Through its affiliation with Pandora Radio, Break of Reality’s music has been streamed for millions of listeners around the U.S. The band’s three albums, The Sound Between (2006), Spectrum of the Sky (2009), and Covers (2012), have sold more than 40,000 copies worldwide.
Based out of Boston, Massachusetts, I/Ø has been playing together since fall of 2012. Drawing heavy influence from bands like Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, and Hammock, I/Ø finished their first instrumental full-length album over the summer of 2013. Based on open textures, nuanced melody, and a heavy artillery dynamic, the I/Ø sound allows the audience to form its own subjective aesthetic intention for the music, free from the confines of language and clarity. The band’s songwriting process is organic, similar to the ebb and flow of the emotional states that fuel the final product—difficult to observe and often impossible to define. I/Ø believes human experience can be too beautiful and grotesque, inspiring and abhorrent, heartwarming and traumatic, to put into words.