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Bio

Jake Roggenkamp instantly demands attention with the unique quality of his voice. His range hits all the right high notes with immense strength and ease while an interesting texture emerges from his reedy timbre. It seems like there is no limit to the vocal aerobatics he performs and it is evident in the boundary pushing songs he writes. With each tune Jake explores new genres, structures, and melodies. By his side is his musical partner, Michael Saiewitz, who creates a balance of smooth harmonies with his lower range. The way they blend their two distinctive voices together is part of the magic of The Break Lights. This seemingly effortless and natural sonic force is the result of writing and performing together for a decade.

The Break Lights is easily one of the most underground alternative rock bands to exist. Their rehearsal/recording/art studio is even in a basement! For years they have embraced the DIY music scene by recording, mixing, and mastering on Michael's Macbook Pro. As a graphic and web designer, Michael has put his skills to great use designing everything from album art to the band's website.

Press

NPR Music featured our Tiny Desk Contest video in an article about entries they loved.

Glide Magazine premiered the first song off "The Bright Life" EP and wrote a great article about us. Check it out and listen to "Why Don't You Call Me?"

We did a Q&A for Buzz Artist. The questions were challenging and made us think deeply about the band, especially the one that required us to come up with words to describe each member. Click here to read the full article.

Music

The Bright Life

Released September 22nd, 2017

Jake Roggenkamp - lead & backup vocals, electric & acoustic guitar, harmonica

Michael Saiewitz - lead electric guitar, lead & backup vocals

Raaj Shah - bass, backup vocals 

Ryan Minieri - drums 

Album art by Michael Saiewitz

Knockout

Released August 1st, 2015

Jake Roggenkamp - lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitar, harmonica

Michael Saiewitz - lead electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, backup vocals 

Raaj Shah - bass, backup vocals 

Evan Rodrigues - drums 

Album art by Bill Holsten

Ladies

Released April 19th, 2014

Jake Roggenkamp - vocals, electric guitar

Michael Saiewitz - vocals, lead electric guitar

Raaj Shah - bass, backup vocals 

Evan Rodrigues - drums 

Album art by Michael Saiewitz

Special thanks to Adam Saiewitz for recording, mixing, & mastering

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Contact

thebreaklightsband@gmail.com