Fall 2001 brought the release of the band’s debut album, Cannon To A Whisper. Engineered and produced by Mike Fanuele (production manager for Dashboard Confessional), Cannon To A Whisper showcases a band coming into their own with influences ranging from Jeff Buckley and Sunny Day Real Estate to Van Halen and Led Zeppelin. Among the band’s most striking characteristics is the songwriting of singer/guitarist Fred Mascherino. Mascherino, who earned a degree in jazz guitar from Temple University, effortlessly constructs an elaborate interplay of passionate vocals and layers of unique, jazz-infused rock-based guitar. The debut album was heralded for its display of intense dynamics, dramatic crescendos and skilled harmonies. Keeping true to form, the band spent the remainder of 2001 and the majority of 2002 on the road with national touring acts Coheed & Cambria, Further Seems Forever, Hey Mercedes and Recover.
On May 6, 2003, Breaking Pangaea released their latest effort, an ep entitled Phoenix, through Equal Vision Records. Recorded by the production team at Big Blue Meenie Studios (Thursday, Taking Back Sunday, This Day Forward), Breaking Pangaea’s newest offering illustrates a band at the pinnacle of its maturation.