Last week, the RFT published its annual "Best Of" issue, a yearly event that highlights all the best of the best that St. Louis has to offer while simultaneously breaking the backs of our poor distribution department with its heftier-than-usual size. Like many of you, I took the time to read through its numerous pages and learn about some of St. Louis's finest. Being new around these parts (the RFT music staff, that is), I did not contribute to this edition, so my interest here was non-masturbatory and strictly educational. Boy, did I learn a lot! For example, when my little sister's birthday comes along in January you can bet that Charm Boutique will be my one-stop Best destination for gift-giving. Decapitated fish heads and dried sea cucumbers will no longer elude my grasp, as I now know that the Olive Farmers' Market is the best place to procure such delicacies. And according to what I read, it seems that Novak's Bar and Grill has the best lesbians in town, but its possible that I may have misunderstood that last one. Reading on, I eventually came to the music section, and was surprised to see the Breaks named St. Louis' Best New Artist.
My confusion had nothing to do with the category or the selection of the indie-rock-power-pop band, who at the time I hadn't yet heard and who I will now readily admit is catchy as hell, but rather with the moniker they chose for themselves. When I saw that their contact info included the phrase "TheRealBreaks" in the Web address, my confusion gave way to amusement, for you see this band is not St. Louis' first "real" Breaks at all. An interview, photos, video and the complete discography in handy download form for this city's original Breaks are below. More »