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Blacking out with Breathe Carolina

The Denver electronic band will play Wednesday at The Blue Note with The Ready Set.

By Megan Suddarth | March 16, 2012

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From shattering exit signs to launching champagne glasses off of hotel balconies, the guys in Breathe Carolina personify their lyrics completely. With three albums released and a new single, “Blackout,” that’s taking the pop charts by storm, Kyle Even and David Schmitt of Breathe Carolina are on tour rocking crowds with neon lights and smoke-filled stages.

The band's sound is one that encourages getting up and dancing and losing yourself. “Blackout” does this to crowds all across the nation.

“It’s like a rave and a rock show,” Even says. “In that element it’s sort of dance-y, but it has that rock background, it’s where we come from. It’s got like this pop-electronic fusion with it.”

The name for the band came from a very unconventional source: a dream.

“It was kind of premeditated from when (David) was in ninth grade,” Even says. “He had this dream about this lady named Carolina. So when it was time for us to name our project he was like, ‘I’ve always wanted to name something Breathe Carolina,’ and that was kind of how it worked out.”

The music combines party melodies with abrupt screaming. The screaming talent on their tracks comes from Even, and success with something so straining doesn’t come quickly.

“It’s just trial and error,” Even says. “I’ve been doing it for about 10 years. After that long you just kind of figure out how to push it without straining.”

Touring is constant and spending so much time with the same group of people can be stressful on relationships, but not for this band.

“There’s so many of us, we tour with 12 people, so there’s a lot of things to do,” Even says. “We laugh a lot, we have a lot of fun. We’re gonna be on Warped Tour all summer on the main stage. It should be absolutely ridiculous.”

Breathe Carolina’s songs are heavily centered on parties and living life in the most crazy ways. Lyrical inspiration isn’t always autobiographical for artists – but for this group, it most certainly is. Even and Schmitt take their songs to a whole new level of real-life destruction.

Even recalls a time in which they were kicked out of a hotel room.

“We were just out in Palm Springs,” Even says. “We were getting all rowdy and we brought a bunch of people that were at the show up to our hotel room. For some reason, I grabbed this champagne glass and I looked at one of the kids that came up and I’m like, ‘Yo, you trying to throw this off this balcony or what?’ And I just hawked it. Right after that, D walked in the room, he didn’t even see me do it, and he goes up to this lamp and just shoves it into the wall. So (security) came up and they kicked us out of the room.”

His explanation?

“We hadn’t been in a hotel room in a while, so we felt destructive,” Even says. “It just happens sometimes.”

Not only do they break lamps, but they destroy signs, too. These guys are a dream come true for the classic rebel.

“I was running around this hotel with my buddy Danny Cooper from Drop Dead Gorgeous and we were just running and jumping and just punching the exit signs,” Even says. “Finally, we’d broke them completely off so we went in the stairwell and we were trying to see how far we could drop them from the stairs. It was fun.”

A word of advice for amateurs:

“Only be destructive if you’re not gonna get caught,” Even says with a chuckle.

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