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The Breakers latest recording, Songs For Young Executives, is the group’s first full length album. Also, it is the long awaited follow-up to 2005’s “Sessions”, which included tracks recorded by invitation at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. “Sessions” earned singer/songwriter Doug Byrkit, who leads the group, recognition from the Memphis Regional Grammy Chapter, several high profile national and international songwriting awards and nominations, and not to mention some well deserved attention from music fans across the country as well as, thanks to the power of the internet, from around the globe. So what is the best way to follow a well received independent debut EP? Why with a 13 song concept album of course!
Although an unconventional approach, Songs For Young Executives is by far a collection of the most honest and well crafted songs to ever come from songwriter Doug Byrkit. The album contains 13 tracks loosely based around the theme of corporate greed; a subject Doug had became all too familiar with while working in Corporate America before recently leaving to pursue a graduate music degree and to devote more time to The Breakers. The lyrical content gives a sometimes tongue-in-cheek and sometimes blatantly unapologetic slant on those negotiating the corporate jungle. Even though there are some heavy themes that run throughout, most of the songs are ambiguous enough to be interpreted multiple ways by the listener, thus making the album very easy for a broad range of fans to connect with. Aside from the obvious lyrical message of the record, Songs For Young Executives delivers the pinnacle of Doug’s musical evolution. The album is a mix of musical influences and real world experiences, which along with the solid groove foundation provided by drummer Brian Zielie, merge into what can only be described as a true representation of the The Breakers own unique rock & roll sound.