Sunday, 30 May 2010

Look To Yourself To Make The Change

The Break In - No Fate But What We Make [Burial Records 004]

I thought I'd do a post on one of my old bands, in particular the first band to put out something on vinyl, The Break In. I joined in 2003 after they had played about 5 shows with Hannah doing vocals, Myself and Scott White stepped in after she and Alan left the band. It took about 10 shows up and down the country after touring with November Coming Fire and The Last Chance for us to click with the crowd, the sow that happened at was Himsa/NCF/Love That Kills in Canterbury. We rolled on in our Spy Kids 3D specs and busted out (The Break) Intro for the first time, intending to write a full blown song out of it, but after the reaction we got to the 60 second outburst of mosh we decided to leave it as it was. The demo had been out for a couple of months and we had a few songs left to record from that particular session of songwriting, so we approached Troy and McKee of Londons Burial Records about doing a 5 track 7" incorporating the 3 demo tracks with a couple more tracks sandwiched between those songs before we dropped our MCD on Dead & Gone. They were into the idea so we got shit moving. We popped out 2 tracks with Ben Phillips over at City Of Dis and at the same time tweaked the demo with new bass and a few extra guitar bits, gang vocals were fleshed out with a new take and Burrows did another guest spot (Oooooh shit!).

It was 2003 and excitement over a third Terminator movie was at boiling point, the title of this record was born out of the line from T2 "There is no fate but what we make for ourselves." Nate actually suggested the title, cheers for that one. Artwork wise we got Sketchy Adam (@xchandlerx79 on twitter) to do the fron/back and it came out just as we envisioned it, unfortunately the pressing was done on a glued card sleeve rather than a fold out insert jobby so the band name on the spine didn't quite work out, no big deal though. There was 100 copies done for pre-orders on white vinyl and 400 on black. Each was stamped with an x/rose on the A side and the Burial logo on the B side, black ink for the white, red for the black. One mistake which I accept responsability for is I should have gotten the large hole 7"s, but I didn't tell the Burial guys about it until it was too late.

We did a euro tour cover for the Internal Affairs tour in '04 but I didn't keep one of those, all I have is the white, black and a test (one of 10). We raffled one of these off at a Verge all dayer in London, Billy Caliber ended up with one. I have no idea if Burial have any copies left, rumour has it that Daniel Frye has one or two of these leftover with the odd shirt from that era, mostly this comes up on ebay now and again on black and goes for 99p so kep them peeled.

It's worth mentioning, as I enter my 9th year straight edge, that I'm the only one of this lineup still sXe, as the lyrics to the final track suggest "straight edge, it's strong within our hearts, and it's growing stronger every day."
Download the full record here

Not while the ink still stains these fists.
The inserts to the records were photocopied, forward thinking may or may not have predicted the lyrics wouldn't show up on a white background though.
White (/100)
Black (/400)
Test press (/10)

Stamping the labels was very labourious, mainly because the slightly gloss record bags didn't let the ink dry so Troy's flat was literally full of records on the floor in every room.

So yeah I'm missing the Euro cover but I think Mr Frye has a spare one for me.


  1. SxFxE brother.
    good to see you on saturday.

  2. "It's worth mentioning, as I enter my 9th year straight edge, that I'm the only one of this lineup still sXe".

    That's pretty funny and news to me. I didn't know Anton and Frye had gone too.

    All I got from that release was the test press and I spilt protein shake on that within a few weeks.