It’s very easy to make the statement that a band is poised for a breakout. Conversely, it is near impossible to be consistently correct in predicting breakout bands, since there are so many variables. But we have never been more confident in the prediction of a breakout by a band that is yet to release an album. In fact, this band hasn’t released an EP, but that will change next month when The Mispers release their self-titled four-track EP.
Yes, it’s easy to predict a breakout, just as it’s easy for some sports fan to make a call to a sports talk show and predict that “Team X” will smash “Team Y.” The prediction of the “smashing” isn’t interesting. Instead, the interest resides in the basis for the conclusion, assuming the basis is not pure emotional support for “Team X.” If the caller gives his reasoning, it allows listeners to agree or disagree with the different factors and the final conclusion.
The factors which contribute to the prediction of a breakout are:
1. The Mispers already have a track (“Brother”) that is strong enough to draw attention to the band. When a band has a "hit” song, attention expands to the other songs from the band.
2. The Mispers are not a one-and-done band. Within the last few days, the song “Trading Cards” hit Soundcloud. The song has much going for it. And the other two tracks (“Coasts” and "Emilie”) on the upcoming EP are solid.
3. The lead vocals (Jack Balfour Scott) are distinctive enough to attract music lovers who are always looking for something fresh, but not so different to discourage individuals who prefer that their music fit neatly within a particular mold.
4. The band includes a non-standard instrument, the violin of Hannah Van Den Brul, which sets the band apart from the norm. We enjoy the violin intro in “Brother."
5. Hannah also sings, so there is a male/female vocal blend that gives the music more depth.
6. The guitar work (Diego Porto Belmonte and Joey Arnold Zapata) is quick and clean, such as the guitar that enters at the 0:15 mark in “Brother.” This is a band that forces difficult choices as to who to watch if there is the opportunity to see a live performance.
7. The percussion (Jordan Grispino) is allowed to regularly show itself in ways involving more than drumsticks against drumheads, such as the wood-to-metal sound of the drumstick against rim.
8. The songs of The Mispers feature “energy shifts” that maintain the interest of the listener, such as the shifts within “Trading Cards.”
The only factor that works against the prediction of a breakout is the limited number of songs by The Mispers. Let’s hope that changes as the year progresses.
"Brother" by The Mispers
"Trading Cards" by The Mispers
"Coasts" by The Mispers
"Emilie" by The Mispers