Includes "Drowning Pool" from the 2014 hit movie "Begin Again" starring Kiera Knightley and Marc Ruffalo. New Dawn Breaking is the second album from The Walls and was released in May 2005. It went straight into the Irish charts at number 5. To the Bright and Shining Sun was a huge hit for the band in 2003 but it didn't appear on an album until this one. The singles 'Passing Through', Black and Blue and Drowning Pool also received a lot of airplay which helped draw attention to the album's release.
Recorded live in Studio Black Box in the Loire Valley in France the band's dynamic had changed with the departure of original member Carl Harms on keys and guitar. The band never had a dedicated bassist and instead swopped it around during gigs.
Earlier in 2005 Jon O'Connell joined as a full time bass guitarist and Joe and Steve moved onto playing solely guitar. Jon's baptism of fire was a two week tour of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic where the band tried out a lot of the new material. So by the time they went into the studio they were pretty tight.
David Odlum - formerly the guitarist with The Frames - produced and mixed the album except for Open Road, Ghosts and Highwire which were mixed by Gareth Mannix in Dublin.
THE WALLS – ‘NEW DAWN BREAKING’ - ALBUM REVIEWS
“it contains the best work of their career” – SUNDAY TIMES
“an immediately impressive record on almost every level....well worth the wait” – HOT PRESS
“The Walls have always possessed an organic aura that makes them so darn likeable and they’ve successfully imbued this glow into the making of the record giving it that homely Wilco feeling…an album full of hooks, catchy choruses and stomping tunes”. TOTALLY DUBLIN
“So at an important point in their career, The Walls have made a great album. Two guitarists, bass and drum’s - music just doesn’t get any better than this.”
– SUBCULTURE MAGAZINE
“New Dawn Breaking should put this hard-working band back where they belong - bringing down the house, as well as holding up the ceiling. The Stunning? No way, this is more of a first time buyers' investment”. – ENTERTAINMENT.IE
“Super-charged with the idea of starting afresh, at its best 'New Dawn Breaking' has an urgency about it which proves infectious. The wait was worth it”. RTE.IE
“Long-awaited and highly anticipated, this album is all it was promised to be. The twelve tracks bring us from sheer ecstasy to extreme sadness and right back again”. – LIMERICK EVENT GUIDE.
“A massive return to form..”- SUNDAY WORLD MAGAZINE
“Steve and Joe Wall are nothing if not resilient. Less strong-willed souls might have quit the business had they been confronted with the fact that a former associate stole all their royalties. The Walls have always had a knack for writing rousing, hook-laden songs that appeal to the daytime-radio programmers and booze-soddled gig-goers. New Dawn Breaking won’t disappoint with its mix of the introspective and anthemic. The raw, rocking Drowning Pool proves the band isn’t just raking over old ground, while The Bright and Shining Sun’s quality has survived its near-constant airplay on that AIB ad.” - IRISH INDEPENDENT