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Song You Need to Know: Dominic Breen, ‘Real Hard Week’

The latest taste of his forthcoming album, “Real Hard Week” sees Dominic Breen channelling the likes of The Go-Betweens on this upbeat yet melancholic composition.


It might only be a Monday morning, but thankfully we’ve got the likes of Dominic Breen to get us through what very could well be a “Real Hard Week”.

Having been on the scene for a few years now, the Sydney artist has amassed a solid discography in that time, with widespread acclaim following the release of his handful of singles and EPs, with a reputation as one of the country’s rising stars deservedly following him.

Now, with his debut album on the way, Breen recently offered up his latest single, with “Real Hard Week” released a couple of weeks back and serving as an equally upbeat and melancholic – yet ultimately relatable – piece of dreamy indie-rock that evokes memories of The Go-Betweens.

Working with producer Tim Fitz (Middle Kids), “Read Hard Week” shows off Breen’s exceptional songwriting and masterful talent, with each and every instrument on the song played by Breen himself.

“‘Real Hard Week’ was the first song we recorded for Blue Volume,” Breen says of the single. “I wanted it to be epic, like the pivotal song in a musical, like a Sondheim classic or something.

“I initially thought it would be a duet and I was using the word ‘Disney’ in the studio to convey what I was trying to say, like, ‘let’s make it more Disney’. But then I realised that the sentiments were truly one-way sentiments, and that in this case, the conclusion at the end of the song could only be my own.”

As Breen alludes to, “Real Hard Week” is set to appear on his debut album, Blue Volume, which is on track to arrive this Friday, October 1st, via Double Drummer.

A long time coming, Double Drummer’s Edward Prescott labels Breen as a stellar artist, with this forthcoming album set to showcase his inimitable talent upon its release.

“Dom is special – truly special,” explains Prescott. “In terms of evoking a sense of time and place, he’s one of the most gifted singer/songwriters I’ve ever met. This album is one of my favourite things the label has released. It’s amazing, really amazing.”

Dominic Breen’s “Real Hard Week” is out now, while debut album Blue Volume is released on Friday, October 1st via Double Drummer, with pre-saves available now.