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Influences: Johnny Cash, The Clash, Pixies, Woody Guthrie, Sun O))), RTX, The Beatles and Pavement.
Profile: Brakes began in 2002 one night in a practice room as the Electric Soft Parade’s Tom and Alex White got together with British Sea Power’s Eamon Hamilton to play some songs Eamon had written.
The room they went to was Kemp Town’s Mockin’ Bird Studios, which was run by former Tenderfoot bassist Marc Beatty, who joined them in the jam.
After three years playing all over the city the Brighton supergroup signed to Rough Trade, who released their brilliant debut album Give Blood in 2005.
The anti-folk/country-punk hybrid, characterised by Eamon’s mixture of hilarious and heartfelt lyrics and some very short songs, was quickly followed up by the Nashville-recorded The Beatific Visions a year later.
The band got back together last year, having taken a break from five years of constant touring, and completed the link with the city by signing up with Brighton-based Fat Cat Records for the storming third album Touchdown. As the band was keen to tell The Guide earlier this year, this album was designed to be serious and cohesive – perhaps pointing to where the four-piece will be heading next.
They still haven’t cut off their links with their hometown though, with tickets for their intimate homecoming show at The Albert in February selling in days, plus queues out of the door for their Komedia show at The Great Escape Festival.
The spirit of collaboration still remains too, with members of the band regularly backing up the likes of Restlesslist and Dirty Cakes.
Eternal Return (right click on the track to download, left click to stream)
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