"Breaker" is both a straight-up anti-war song and something more private. "War is personal - it's you killing someone, it's you getting killed, right? So yeah, it's both," Low's Sparhawk explained to Uncut magazine. "It's looking at yourself going, 'What is it about me that apparently I destroy? What is up with that? How do I stop doing that? War is just as much your fault as anybody else's. I'm a human being. I'm clearly capable of horrific violence. What's up with that? Because it sure hasn't it sure hasn't done humanity much good."
Low recorded "Breaker" for Drums and Guns, an album inspired by the Iraq War.
Low teamed up with producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips) for Drums and Guns. For this song, Fridmann emphasizes the organ, which amplifies the anguish of the lyrics.