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One of Australia's top bands, Midnight Oil may have disbanded as a group, but three of the original members have now joined up with US bass player Brian Ritchie from Violent Femmes to form - The Break.

The Oils' drummer Rob Hirst and guitarists Martin Rotsey and Jim Moginie are well known to Australian audiences and now that Ritchie has joined them they can get back to what they love doing - performing.

Both Midnight Oil and Violent Femmes have surfing influences - The Oils began their career on Sydney's Northern Beaches whilst the Femmes, though famous for mega hits like Blister in the Sun, often flavoured their individual folk punk sound with surf-rock guitar.

The two bands have an affinity having toured together in the States, and songwriters Hirst and Moginie, who co-wrote most of Midnight Oil's tracks, had a swag of ideas but wanted to cut a new twist with a surfing influence.

Bones Hillman, the Oils bass player since 1987 had moved overseas so they rang long time friend Brian Ritchie who had recently relocated to Australia and asked him to join them in the studio, and so THE BREAK was born.

With their first album, Church of the Open Sky, being released in April this year, The Break are about to head out on a promotional tour.

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