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The Breaking Wind came together in the summer of 2006 at a band camp held by the Caledonia Music Center. Two of the band's three current members have been lifelong friends and had graduated Emily C. General Elementary School in Ohsweken, Ontario. They had played music together since seventh grade and arrived at the camp in search of a drummer. These two friends, Marty Isaacs (lead guitar and vocals) and Ryan Johnson (bass and back-up vocals), found what they were looking for when they were put together with drumming sensation Ryan Mickeloff, who was attending Caledonia Centennial Public School. Very quickly this new band found its chemistry as fellow musicians and friends who were serious about music, but not necessarily so serious about life. Appropriately, the new band selected its name and The Breaking Wind was born.
Each band member is passionate about music and dedicated to developing his own talents and making a distinct contribution to the group. Lead guitarist Marty Isaacs has got groove and more than enough soul to make his Gibson guitar sing or shout, laugh or wail. His delicate and precise use of slide technique and his hand-is-faster-than-the-eye magic on solos creates an exciting dynamic, especially when he and his bandmates alternate time in the spotlight on songs like the jazz tune "Mr. PC." Marty has emerged as a compelling stage presence known for his passionate and soulful vocals, and sensational guitar solos. He is an impressive and captivating songwriter and musical force.
In synergistic contrast, Ryan Johnson, bassist and back-up vocalist, is the group's solid-state component. Known for "laying down the bass candy," Ryan provides structure, but will on occasion, convert his Hofner, Fender, or Rickenbacker bass into the lead melody instrument. Also known for his quick wit off stage, but more reserved on stage, he is the perfect compliment to the band's free wheeling guitarist. These friends have been having fun together for as long as they can remember, and it shows, particularly when Ryan steps up and plays a bass solo – which often surprises and excites audiences that are not expecting a rock band to perform like a jazz ensemble.
Adding the beat, and not a small amount of excitement, is the band's prodigy drummer Ryan Mickeloff. Although three years younger than his fellow musicians, he enjoys hanging out with his fellow band members and visibly relishes the challenge of hammering out a variety of rhythms to satisfy the group's diverse playlist. The house really heats up when Ryan pumps out a powerhouse drum solo. His subtle rhythms both drive and support the band's unique style.
The Breaking Wind's music consists of a mixture of rock, blues, funk, and jazz. Original scores bear influences from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Queen, and others, but even at their young age they've evolved and honed a distinct style.
Over the past five years, young rock group The Breaking Wind has proven they are a force to be reckoned with through their drumming and vocal performances.
They have performed as part of Mother Earth/LIVE EARTH concert in Washington, D.C. in July 2007, and their track Dear Mr. Murphy, composed and arranged by lead singer Marty Isaacs, was used as part of an on-air teaser for ABC Sports' Saturday Night Football.
The Breaking Wind also performs at Harbourfront Centre on Sunday August 12 at 4:00pm. Click here for details.
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