Nottingham based Breadchasers are far more experimental than many of their ska punk contemporaries, proving that there’s life and direction in the genre yet with this impressive and refreshing debut full length. Acoustic guitar, charged with delivering upstrokes, joins steady bass and expert drumming to complete the Breadchasers’ unshakeable rhythm section. This core strength liberates the other instruments in the band, freeing an electric guitar, a sax and a keyboard, letting them run riot. The sax player rarely sticks to the tried and tested hook-laden format of standard ska, opting instead to solo soulfully and liven up the offbeat. The keys add great depth to the Breadchaders’ sound, charging around the tracks and using a good variety of effects. Despite the lashings of raw angry vocals, the combination of sax, keys and acoustic guitar gives Time to Stop a remarkably mellow quality, with many tracks, such as ‘Self Raised’ and ‘No One Believes’ leaning towards Reggae and Dub. The album features two instrumentals (which, for once, aren’t dull) and the brilliant ‘Things Will Be Better’ which will get you hooked instantly.
This review was published in the TNSfanzine Issue 12 and is a fantastic read.