Another cold case, this one from New Jersey. Too bad I only have the cassette version of Rain Down, as the skimpy j-card doesn't offer any pertinent details on The Breathers. The music is what counts of course, and this crew kicks things off with an inviting jangly rocker, "That Hope," which vaguely recalls the likes of across-the-pond sensations Power of Dreams and the Alarm. Side two of Rain Down brings it all back home however, specifically the demonstrably more American-ized "Take," a driving three chord surge of anthemic proportions. The Breathers commercial ambitions are nothing less than pronounced, but they're couched in a rewarding alt-rock context. There was an ep that preceded this one titled Normal, Illinois that I'm itching to get my hands on.
01. That Hope
04. One More Movie