Bayonne indie-pop band BreakTime to release debut EP entitled ‘Great Times’

It will be available on all streaming platforms on Friday, Dec. 16

Indie-pop group BreakTime is releasing its debut EP foray entitled “Great Times.”

The EP by the cover-turned-original band from Bayonne will be available on all streaming platforms on Friday, Dec. 16. BreakTime consists of founder, manager, head songwriter and bass player Sean Manuel, lead guitarist and songwriter Thommy Delaney, vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Douglas Lupo, and drummer Peter Roefaro.

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BreakTime formed in the Peninsula City in 2018 to “inject long-loved classic rock songs’ youthful energy back into their present performance.” In 2021, the band’s objective shifted to “injecting vintage flair into pop songwriting.”

According to BreakTime, a common occurrence emerged at their live shows: Listeners who primarily stream anything from hard rock and punk to shoegaze and country told the band they enjoyed their modern vintage sonic profile.

‘Great Times’ to be released soon

A year-long effort, the Great Times recordings were mixed and mastered by Xanthi Music Productions’s Rod Shepard. The recordings emanate from BreakTime’s exclusive BT Studio One and showcase the upstarts’ stylistic breadth.

With modern exploits into hard rock, ’60s pop, surf rock, folk and traditional rock ’n ’roll, Great Times promises and delivers something for everybody, according to the band.

“Mastermind” commands the opening track distinction on “Great Times.” As the band’s latest single release from January 2022, listeners catapulted the sizzling hard rock selection to over 5,400 Spotify streams. BreakTime said that is the most of any song release to date.

On “Maybe No, Maybe Yes,” the EP’s chosen single, BreakTime prominently employs the 12-string electric guitar, submerging the stereo field in a triumphant ’60s jangle tour-de-force. Fans praise the band as “a refreshing dose of pop/rock selections and impressive delivery of the same,” and assert “their good vibe is contagious!”

The band touts listener reviews on its website. Read more at

When BreakTime is not releasing new material, the “spuds,” a term of endearment used by the band, perform the odd cover show and share dockets with original acts around New York and New Jersey.

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