Break Anchor’s Debut EP, “Blackhearts and Blackouts,” Is Out Today On Paper + Plastick Records

Hello friends,

Today is Break Anchor release day! The Detroit pop-punk group has finally unleashed its Blackhearts and Blackouts EP on the entire universe via Gainesville’s own Paper + Plastick Records.

You can stream (and post on your website!!!) the entire three-song EP right here.

Featuring Suicide Machines and Hellmouth frontman Jay Navarro, Break Anchor is a fresh take on Midwestern pop-punk that is both as refreshing as it is driven and focused. Navarro’s instantly recognizable vocals lead a raucous 10-minute journey from the blistering opener, “All I Have,” to the grand 5-minute closer, “A Failure of Epic Proportions.”

All orders for the 7” of the EP are shipping now from Paper + Plastick. The label tweeted a picture of the vinyl yesterday. All orders come with an instant digital download.

Break Anchor also recently debuted a music video for “A Failure of Epic Proportions,”which you can watch here.

We would appreciate it if you could fit the news about the album release into your news stream today. Remember, if you head to Paper + Plastick’s SoundCloud page, you can get a link to embed the three-song EP for streaming on your own site. The 7” can be ordered here.

Review copies of the EP are available immediately - just email Thomas Nassiff at and we’ll get you one right away. Break Anchor is also fielding interviews.

Break Anchor - Blackhearts and Blackouts
March 20, 2012
Paper + Plastick Records

"Even with a hint of familiarity though, Blackhearts and Blackouts doesn’t sacrifice its heart for cheap gimmicks or faulty intentions – and that is all we can really ask for." -

More about Break Anchor:

When Jay Navarro, the vocalist/frontman of the Suicide Machines and Hellmouth, finally hit bottom and came out of a haze of booze, pills, anger and depression, he had a fresh outlook.  He wrote a song so full of melody and so full of angst, he felt he had found himself again. “A Failure Of Epic Proportions” is a song about the Midwest American experience of growing into adulthood.

Thinking nobody would want to hear a song like this from him, or maybe anyone for that matter, he turned to longtime friend Cris Golan (The Story So Far and King For A Day) to play bass.

“I didn’t think anybody else in Detroit would get what I was trying to go for but Cris,” Navarro said. “I was aiming for early East Bay pop-punk like Crimpshrine, Operation Ivy, and yes…Green Day, and then mix in some Smashing Pumpkins.” Through a mutual friend, they hooked up with Kyle Green (Seized Up). Kyle brought a new perspective that would round out the trio of Break Anchor’s writing style. Late night jam sessions in the garage ensued, fueled by beer and always ending in a drunken listening party of old and new punk favorites.

With Jason and Kyle singing and handling guitar duties together, it became a wrestling match of dual vocals comparable to punk steadymen Hot Water Music and other such bands. Dan Stover (Seized Up) signed on to play drums and this Motor City rust belt machine was complete. Creating a fresh sound, unlike most Midwest offerings, Break Anchor will make you want to crack open a PBR or stare deep into the eyes of a bottle of whiskey, grab your best friend and sing along at the top of your lungs, “I’M FAILING!!”

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