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Judge for Jeff Knowlton

Brooklyn, NY
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The Break Mission started playing together in 2000 in Boston. Until 2005, they were known as Redletter, an ambient pop rock quartet with early comparisons to Coldplay, Ride and Hum. A bloodthirsty legal battle with an L.A. based Redletter prompted a name change. Ok, no blood, they just didn’t want to fight that hard for it. Soon after, they signed to NYC label RoHo Records. During the recording of their debut for RoHo, Jeff stumbled upon the new name. While reading a book one afternoon, he saw the words “break” and “mission” on opposite pages and couldn’t stop the incessant batting of his eyes from one word to the other. The Break Mission became a symbol of the group’s new direction, evoking ideas of mystery, tension and purpose. This new direction led the band to relocate to New York City. Some touring and favorable press followed, and the band found themselves sharing the stage with noteworthy acts and playing to larger audiences. Some highlights over the years include showcasing at CMJ, NEMO, 2NMC, Dewey Beach Pop Fest and the International Pop Overthrow. The group performed at Boston’s WBCN Rock N Roll Rumble, WFNX New England Product Series and CN8's Backstage with Barry Nolan. In 2006, The band was featured in the October issue of SPIN magazine, and contributed songs to various compilations including Starbuck's Music, sold in stores nationwide. On September, 29 2007 the band released their second full length album As Much Light As It Will Take. A beautiful and unique record, it shows the band’s fascination with lush textured rhythms and ambience, whispery folk and expansive pop rock. The lyrics address ideas of hope, clarity and the exploration of love’s decadence and spirit. This is The Break Mission’s most developed record to date, and critics and fans alike have described the band as sublime, anthemic and refreshing. They hope you will too.