Chris Devotion & The Expectations - or CD/EX if urgency is your prerogative are fond of a little savage rock'n'roll and a pert frolic with the classic pop song. Coming together in perfect harmonious, lyrical and mathematical order for an average running time of 2 and a half minutes, these songs have the power to align planets. Part swaggering hubris, part relationship-confessional, these songs remind you of the joyful existence of your reproductive organs, while at the same time the bitter knowledge that you've just been dumped...again. Yeah, you know the ones. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Devotion cut his teeth executing riotous performances in such glamorous locations as a disused nunnery and a fetish club, garnering ringing endorsements from rock and roll peers - John Reiss of Rocket From The Crypt fame and Titus Andronicus have openly declared their admiration - along the way. At the turn of the decade Devotion employed the illustrious expertise of The Expectations, a trio of suited-and-booted thrashers, to bolster the foundations of Devotion's own high octane rock and roll template. Since the release of their rapid-fire debut in 2012, Amalgamation & Capital, the band have taken to the road with such indie-rock pin-ups as Quasi, Social Distortion, Ultrasound and Hookworms as well as having brought their brand of no nonsense power-chord prowess to festivals up and down the country. Returning to the studio with producer Andy Miller (Mogwai, Life Without Buildings, Arab Strap). Break Out retains all the showmanship and melodic charm that made the 4-piece so alluring in the first place. If there's a main theme to this record then it's honesty, with one's self and others. Most of the characters in these songs are usually coming to a realisation about themselves and whatever situation they find themselves in. Those that are able to be honest with themselves can attempt to move on with their lives without repeating their mistakes break out of their trappings one could say. There are also some songs about fooking. I'm nothing if not a renaissance man. - Chris Devotion. For all the vibrancy and lack of any musical pretension, Devotion and his clan never sound obtuse, evident by the contrasting vibes of the album's two preceding singles, the fired up and bitter Don't You Call On Me , and the more contemplative pop of When The Girl Comes To Town . Sonically this is CD/EX's big guitar album, An existentialist record you could play while driving a convertible in LA. So it s somewhat perverse that the band will be taking to the M1 in a white van for the remainder of the year bringing Break Out to the people. Imagine The Ramones, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen and The Replacements having a punch-up. Vic Galloway, BBC Scotland.