Rock & roll is alive an well. Just ask New Orleans-based rockers The Breton Sound, who impress at every turn on new EP “Don’t Be Afraid of Rock & Roll Volume 1.” A quartet comprised of singer/guitarist Jonathan Pretus, guitarist Stephen Turner, drummer John Bourgeois and bassist Joe Bourgeois, The Breton Sound have cobbled together a winner.
The band now has three short-players to their credit, with each EP featuring a different lineup in the studio. Now that they’ve settled on the current roster, The Breton Sound seem poised to take things to the next level.
“What I find between each of the three records is that, not only is the quality of the songs that we’ve put out growing but the performances and the overall output grows because each unit has worked better as the band has gone on,” Pretus told Glide magazine earlier this year. “Each lineup has been a little bit better than the last one.”
The Breton Sound come out of the gates firing on all cylinders with “Rivers Cuomo” and lead single “Illuminate,” a pair of terrific cuts. After treading water on middling entry “Walking Backwards,” the band regains their footing with “Love You More” and “Stitches.” I can’t wait to hear more from this up-and-coming outfit. (Jeffrey Sisk)