Recorded March 2016 @ 3CG Studios in Tulsa, OK
Produced, mixed, and mastered by STEPHEN EGERTON
released July 11, 2016
Harmonic bridge octaves on "Fake Out" played by Stephen Egerton
"The main songwriting inspiration here is '90s punk rock. I'm reminded so much of what they used to call "post-hardcore" or "melodicore" or "emocore" back in the day. But in 2016, I think it's better just to say that Breaklights play pop-punk for adults. The songs are melody-driven for sure, but there's a real sophistication to the way that they're written. And this isn't a band that feels compelled to play at light speed. Of course you're getting a polished sound with Egerton producing - and those dense, crunching guitars really suit this band. With his warm and engaging vocal presence, Charlie is the rare singer that can exude sincerity without coming across as a total sap. As soon as the vocals came in, it was like I was hanging out with an old friend. These four songs have a nice mellowed-out vibe to them - along with strong hooks and plenty of guitar wallop." -FASTER AND LOUDER
"If you liked Lucy Loves Schroeder but not Good Charlotte, take that as a good sign for liking the songs from Breaklight’s EP" -GHOST OF BLIND LEMON
"Fast, slick, and poppy without being dull, Breaklights’ Instructed to Fail is a fun collection of songs that manages to emulate 90’s post-hardcore without resorting to parody or feeling like a murky reflection. There’s a sincerity in Breaklights’ delivery that transcends nostalgia. This is the music they want to play, the way they want to play it and the EP succeeds in large part because of that. If you missed the heyday of post-hardcore, consider Breaklights a gateway to a larger world, the same way that the post-hardcore and emo bands of the late 90’s were for me. If you’re an old fart then Breaklights may remind you of the past, while showing that the future still has a lot of promise as well." -OVRLD
"My favorite of the quartet of tracks has to be “Drag Me Down,” the most up-tempo on the disc. It sounds like a song that could come right out of the Descendents’ catalog." -JERSEY BEAT
"Thematically, Instructed to Fail covers very familiar territory–love songs from a group of angst-ridden and maladjusted dudes who can't seem to catch a break (love songs are the bread and butter of just about every great pop band). True that this sort of theme has been done ad nauseam, but who the hell cares? The songs are wonderfully catchy mid-tempo power-pop tunes that I replayed over-and-over. And first two tracks are real gems–I found myself humming the melody throughout the day." -SOUNDS RAD
"Four-song release from this band from Austin. Stephen Egerton produced it, so you know it sounds excellent. The songs are power pop and well constructed. “Mainstay” stands out to me the most after repeated listens. I will be keeping an eye for a full length from this outfit. Get this to wet your whistle for now." -RAZORCAKE
"Austin has a new pop punk band to obsess over and they are Breaklights" -AUSTINDOTCOM
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