Breaking All the Rules

Abandon Theory

Breaking All the Rules
Performed By Abandon Theory
Album UPC 884501999052
CD Baby Track ID 1362565056
Label Not Quite Right
Released 2013-12-12
BPM 146
Rated 0
ISRC ushm91390154
Year 2013
Spotify Plays 131
Songtrust Track ID 114809
Writer Abandon Theory
Songwriter ID 25697
Pub Co CD Baby Publishing
Composer Abandon Theory
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Publishing
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - California


100% Original Hobo-Ska! Acoustic Guitar & Banjo


Abandon Theory’s Jesse Burns and Jhon Bellizia are undoubtedly two of the most unique characters in indie rock today. The primary creative force behind the band, they have been known to reinvent Abandon Theory and their sound often, taking such drastic measures as stripping the band down to its core and rebuilding it again.
They’ve done this once again on Abandon Theory’s latest album, acoustic. From featuring the traditional reggae-rock sound of the 1st album to the jam-band vibe of the 3rd album, the band has become known for a wide variety of genres and accompaniment. Abandon Theory’s 4th studio album draws on several unlikely sources, including some of their favorite music from the 1990s.
"Whatever spirit I was chasing, the inspiration for the record was coming from artists such as Nirvana and Sublime." Bellizia says. “Both bands released acoustic material and I liked it better than the full band sound.”
The songwriting duo decided they needed a change of scenery to give them a fresh perspective and spark the creative side of the brain when they began to write the new record. Because of the important role Sacramento plays as California’s capitol city, Burns and Bellizia chose to hang out there for a while. "It seemed like it would be a good place to be," Burns says. "I had spent some time there while attending Sac State University and I wanted to explore the city a bit more. The whole focus of the trip was to write – it was kind of a writing retreat and Sacramento is at the center of all these contemporary issues Californians are dealing with."
They found inspiration in folk and alternative culture as well. "Jesse was living around the capitol, and there's a huge hobo community there," Bellizia says. "I also spent some time in the foothills of California. I don't know if you hear that in the music necessarily, but there's a natural aspect of the record I can't deny."
The time Jesse and Jhon spent outside of their comfort zone was very fruitful, and they ended up with an album's worth of material to record. They then headed back home to work on the album. Prior to acoustic, the band would usually record most of the songs live with one take. But this time they did it by going into the studio and laying down everything track by track. The entire 13-song album was recorded off and on over a two year period.
"I had a different vision for this record and I knew I needed to get a specific kind of sound to help me realize this vision," Burns explains. "Some of the musical ideas I hadn't spent much time with before, so it was a gamble, but I had to believe in my instincts."
Burns’ and Bellizia’s instincts paid off, and the result is an ambitious album containing several tunes that showcase Jesse’s gift for poetic, stream-of-consciousness lyrics. "Good to Be Alive" features Jhon on guitar, and will have the listener wondering how someone could possibly move their fingers so fast. Another highlight is "Destroy She Said," which insightfully delves into the world of a troubled relationship and the dreaded ultimatum.
Never one to rest on their laurels, Burns and Bellizia are already embarking on another adventure: writing and compiling a new album to feature the entire band. "There's so much I never use– pages and pages of unused lyrics," Jesse explains. "I never thought of myself as a poet but because I've been reading a lot of poetry as of late, I feel like I should do something with all of these lyrics. I have this compulsion to share things with the world," he laughs.
Now that the album is finished, both Jesse and Jhon seem in a state of disbelief about how smoothly it all came together. "Everything happened in this really organic way," Jhon marvels. "Now I'm holding the album in my hand and it all seems like a crazy dream."

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