Switzerland: Reviewing the song 'Unbreakable'Written by Marc Calleja Bayliss
The seventh performance of the night during the first semi-final has been given to none other than Switzerland who were the first country to select their representative and entry altogether for this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Our critics are yet on board to listen to this track within the respective running order as drawn a couple of weeks ago thinking that the songs have actually been put in quite an interesting order due to the varying song styles in this respective showcase. The small country in the middle of the continent will be represented by a pair of brothers who call themselves as Sinplus and the song that they will be performing is entitled Unbreakable written by the brothers themselves, therefore Gabriel and Ivan Broggini. Switzerland are infamously known amongst the locals as the ones who took away the success of Glen Vella by surpassing our entry by just one point during last years' event.
Ivan and Gabriel Broggini: Two brothers, both musicians, both with a natural talent for songwriting. They grew up listening to Queen, Bob Marley and U2 and began playing music at an early age. Ivan’s passion was the guitar from the very first. Gabriel played keyboards and drums, but soon picked up the guitar too and discovered his passion for singing. At the age of thirteen, both brothers were already playing in their own bands and were spending hours practicing in their father’s practice room. When Gabriel left college, he decided to head to San Diego.
He was able to sample the city’s underground music scene. When he returned from America, the brothers decided to form a band on their own and to write songs together. Thus they established the inFinity project. Their first single, entitled Without Identity, made it to the charts, and the corresponding video clip was broadcasted by several television stations including VIVA. They also had the chance to perform at major venues throughout Switzerland such as Kofmehl and Dynamo and won various contests.
Meanwhile the band was named “Sinplus”. The two brothers recorded a new EP entitled Get Control, produced in Zurich featuring a single entitled "1984", which is included in a prestigious Californian compilation. At that point, the brothers felt the need for a change of scene and so set off for LA where they recorded another EP entitled Happy And Free. The single was aired on various Swiss and Italian radio stations and the video clip was broadcast in both countries. Meanwhile, the brothers wrote Shoot, a track that became one of the official anthems of the 2009 World Hockey Championships.
Their song was included in a compilation featuring the top shots of the swiss music business like Krokus. Furthermore, Sinplus were given the chance to perform in front of thousands of people at various ice rinks including the BernArena in Switzerland. On December 10th 2011 Sinplus were elected to represent Switzerland in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with the single Unbreakable. The duo has just finished recording their first LP entitled DISINFORMATION, featuring eleven tracks, which will be released at the end of April 2012. Sinplus are currently performing in several cities all over Europe.
The Critics Voice Their Opinion
Jan Van Dijck
- So far, Switzerland has one of the best songs in the first semi-final. This song could make it into the European Charts and do well in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Definitely one of my favorites! Hear, Hear, eight (8) points for this entry.
- This song reminds me of some Turkish rock entries. I get a bit offput by the bad English pronunciation, but musically this works. Especially the production sounds awesome coming after Romania. It isn't a masterpiece, but deserves to qualify and deserves a full six (6) points.
- Very nice intro with the guitars. Male vocals works really well to this uptempo rock song. The ‘Unbreakable’ hook could be slightly better. I think that this song will qualify and gets seven (7) points from our end.
Composers: Gabriel & Ivan Broggini
Authors: Gabriel & Ivan Broggini
Broadcaster: SRG SSR idée suisse
History of the Nation
Switzerland is one of the founding countries of the Eurovision Song Contest and actually playing the host of the event during the inagaural edition which they would eventually win thanks to Lys Assia with the song Refrain. Their results would not really be not be as good during the years by racking up seven last place finishes including in 2010 within the semi-final and in 2011 in the final thanks to Michael Von Der Heide and his track Il Pleut De L'Or and Anna Rossinelli with In Love for a While. Something that the nation will be remembered by is their victory in 1988 when Canadian born Celine Dion took to the stage with her song Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi and winning the competition by just one point. The performer would go onto become one of the biggest selling artists of all time and also recording one of the leading soundtracks of our generation, My Heart Will Go On from the Titanic.