Break of Reality

Break of Reality

Break of Reality is a cello rock band based in Rochester, New York, consisting of three cellists and drums.


Break of Reality was formed while the founding members were freshmen at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. At the time of formation, the band consisted of four cellists. Founding members Patrick Laird, Chris Thibdeau, Erin Keesecker, and Jeff Hood began to play together sparingly and their investment of time quickly grew. Soon after the members began to compose original music for their band. In December of 2003 the band had their first performance in a small classical venue at Eastman. From this point the group decided to continue with composing and set a goal for an album to be recorded during the summer of 2004.

During the spring semester of 2004 the band was in need of electric equipment for their cellos, but Thibdeau's enrollment into a conducting program at Eastman hindered the amount of performance and therefore the amount of profit. He left both the school and the band (to return again in October 2005) and was replaced by Franklin Keel. The band was able to perform more often and obtained the needed equipment. Also during the spring semester of 2004 the band also picked up drummer Ivan Trevino.

In the summer of 2004 Break of Reality recorded its first album, "Voiceless", in a small studio in New Jersey. Despite the fact that the only Break of Reality member performing on this album was cellist Patrick Laird, the band collectively released the album as their own. Eastman even offered to bus students to the first showing of their album. Later, Franklin Keel left Break of Reality and was replaced by Andrew Larson, who left the band in October 2005.

The band has put on music workshops at places including Penfield High School, Ithaca College and Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music and Scotia-Glenville High School. Before graduating from Eastman in 2007, the band played a free farewell show at Roberts Wesleyan College on April 18, 2007. They have since taken their music to New York City to work at breaking into the music industry. [cite news |title=Cello rockers prepare to roll |url= |publisher=Rochester Democrat & Chronicle |date=2007-04-15 |accessdate=2007-04-15 ]



* Patrick Laird - Cello
* Chris Thibdeau - Cello
* Erin Keesecker - Cello
* Ivan Trevino - Drums


* Jeff Hood - Cello
* Andrew Larson - Cello
* Franklin Keel - Cello
* Neil VanZiel - Cello



Released October 2004.
# Trogdor
# Tragic Visions
# Time
# Voiceless (feat. singer Marc Goldberg from "More Then I")
# Chariot to Hell
# Muddy Peninsula
# Awake
# Total Freedom
# Epic
# The Healing
# WSNZBZ (with hidden song)

"The Sound Between"

Released March 2006.
# Beyond Recourse
# Parabolic Cosmos
# Broken
# Sore Arms
# Circles
# Black Noise
# A Blind Purpose
# Scarred by Duty
# Jade
# Rise
# Solid Ground

"The Sound Between"

Re-Released December 2006. Same disc as the earlier plus an EP with 5 "acoustic" songs: 3 celli and Djembe/African drumsEP tracklist is
# Circles
# A Blind Purpose
# Parabolic Cosmos
# Sore Arms
# Solid Ground

See also

* Apocalyptica
* Cello Rock


External links

* [ Break of Reality website]


* [ Rochester City Newspaper, By Frank De Blase on Apr. 10th, 2007 – Break of Reality bids farewell]
* [ City newspaper review]
* [ Internet Archive of Break of Reality show at Spot in Rochester, NY]
* [ Enjoy the Music – Review of Break of Reality]

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