Bad Breaks “Won’t Come Home”
Bad Breaks is the solo project of drummer Chuck Kerr, a fixture on the San Antonio music scene. Kerr took up the drums at the age of 3, following in his dadâ€™s footsteps. A music lover from an early age, Kerr grew up studying jazz and also listening to his favorite pop, rock, and indie records â€” all of which have a direct influence on Bad Breaksâ€™ eclectic sound.
As an in-demand drummer, Kerr has racked up an impressive number of credits and an impressive number of credits and collaborators (including Strokes/Regina Spektor producer Gordon Raphael), but Bad Breaks is the first project that is entirely Kerrâ€™s â€œbaby.â€ Kerr writes and arranges all Bad Breaks material on piano, eventually creating complete demos that he then brings to the band.
Bad Breaks features 11 genre-straddling originals ranging from spiky new wave (â€œSeppuku,â€ â€œChapter and Verseâ€), rhythmic meditations (â€œWonâ€™t Come Home,â€ â€œOnly Distanceâ€), soulful rock ‘nâ€™ roll in the vein of Austin rockers Spoon (â€œGet it Right,â€ â€œVictoriaâ€), and even moody late-â€™70s yacht rock (â€œThe Way Things Areâ€). But all of it is linked by Kerrâ€™s uncanny rhythmic feel and an ear for pop hooks.
Kerrâ€™s collaborators in Bad Breaks are among San Antonioâ€™s top talent, often pulling double duty in some of the cityâ€™s best bands: Alex Wash on keys (Black Magic and the Full ExposÃ©), Ryan Teter on bass and trombone (Mission Complete!), and Jackson Floyd on guitar (Ronald Ray Gun).
Kerr is also endorsed by C&C Custom Drums, joining a roster of drummers from bands such as Spoon, Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, The National, Beach House, Beck, Modest Mouse, and others.