The Great American Breakdown is Greg Henderson, Codey Richards, Daniel Hargett, and Chris Zeiler. Breakdown started in Birmingham, Alabama as a result of a dream. Greg Henderson was visited by Syd Barrett, of Pink Floyd, who throughout the dream guided him in song writing and ultimately put him on a stage in front of millions of people.
As Greg walked to the stage with Mr. Barrett he stopped and asked, “What should I call this?” and Barrett replied, “You will be known as The Great American Breakdown.” Since 2004 TGAB has been shaping and molding their blend of post-hardcore, progressive rock, jazz, and blues, into a style that is very much their own. They have been compared to Rx Bandits, King Crimson, The Police, Led Zeppelin, Redneck Manifesto, and At the
In 2005 TGAB put out their first EP “Wake You Nowa, Okinowa” on House of Love Records. In 2007 they split to venture off into other disciplines outside of music. During their break Codey Richards began playing with post-metal band Central Fires and later rejoined Greg Henderson in Azza Vega where they met their current bass player Daniel Hargett, member of Future Primitives. During this time a relationship was formed with the band Baak Gwai, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, that ultimately led to their current drummer also picking up a role in TGAB. In 2011 Breakdown reformed with Chris Zeiler, member of Baak Gwai, on drums and Daniel Hargett on bass.
Since reforming TGAB has taken inspirations from their past as a band, and the influences that affected them since departing, to create a fresh new sound that comes off heavier, smarter, and more mature than the sounds heard on “Wake You Nowa, Okinawa”.
In 2012 TGAB recorded their second ep “Oh Rats” and are currently in the works of a full length record. They have opened up for numerous national acts that include: Planes Mistaken for Stars, Manray, Future Islands, Maserati, Nakatomi Plaza, Horse the Band, Cinemechanica, We Vs. The Shark, So Many Dynamos, and The Queers.