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September 7, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

[Etherish] Counting down to Dutch dates

Turin Brakes are playing The Netherlands in October, we’re little over a month away till they play shows in Amsterdam, Den Bosch and a recently confirmed afternoon show in Nijmegen. In this blog – and the various that may follow – I’ll preview this weekend of craziness. And it’s gonna be crazy. Because I’ve got friends that will call me crazy for doing three Turin Brakes shows in a 28-hour-window. But that’s what I’ll be attempting and I’ve got other friends coming along for the ride.

The signs are right for this one: it’s three gigs in two days, but unlike the two Dutch shows in the Dark on Fire era they don’t involve me traveling 500 kilometers to see the band. And while I did three gigs in 2010 Outbursts, those were spread out from Tuesday to Sunday, so it felt a little less intense than it could have been…. Less intense than this. And after that Saturday and Sunday I’ve taken the Monday off to recover. So yes: the signs are right!

So Saturday 11 October will take me to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, for a gig in the People’s Place. It’s a venue I know very little about, but apparently it’s rather fancy. I doubt we’ll need to suit up, but it’s gonna be a classy affair. Here’s hoping for a great Saturday night.

Then Sunday morning will involve travelling as we’ll go back to my hometown, Nijmegen, to see the band play an afternoon acoustic set in a former monastry. The monastry’s more sixties than saint-like, I’d say – but that makes it all the more special for a gig location and I can’t wait to hear the classic songs in this most intimate of surroundings.

Sunday night sees the closing of the weekend with a proper gig in proper regular style music venue, no fanciness or monastries here. It’s an old cigarettes factory in Den Bosch, but it has been used as a music venue since 1987. The venue has recently been refurbished, so to speak with new dressing rooms, entrance and various other new parts. So there’s life in this old factory yet. And it’s walking distance from the train station and city centre.

As for song choices? There are some We Were Here songs I’d like to, ehm, hear. Inbetween is top of my list, followed by Part of the World, which is my favourite melancholic song on the record. I really, really want to hear this one live. And besides that, I’d say a healthy mix of We Were Here and older songs will be awesome. I’m hoping for some surprises, there’s so many songs that haven’t been played for ages (as far as I know), like Balham to Brooklyn or some non-singles from the Ether Song era. Or maybe something new/old/weird? I’m expecting a big part of the set to be like the We Were Here UK tour last year, but that’s totally OK because I still love these songs – a lot… :)

All three gigs can (and probably will) have their own unique style and version of Turin Brakes playing. I’ve got friends coming along to every gig, and hopefully I’ll be joined by many familiar faces from the past (Dutch) gigs. We’re thinking about taking a camera on the road and filming the whole weekend so we’ll have a document of this fun, probably crazy, intense 28 hours and can share the weekend from a fan’s perspective.

For now though, all I can do is wait. In little over a month the first gig will be upon us. The signs seem right for these gigs. I’ve went to TB gigs in the UK thinking “I’m gonna do one gig this time, and really get into it.” And I did that. But this time it’s gonna be even better. It’s gonna be a weekend. There’s gonna be ups and downs, trains missed and meeting mix-ups. jokes and obsessing over details. But it’s gonna be one hell of a weekend. And I can’t really wait till it’s here.

International (cover art)

September 5, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

WIN a Telefunken Microphone by remixing ‘International’

AskVideo has released a series of videos about the creation of International, the song Turin Brakes wrote at SXSW this March. In 25 course videos you get taken through the process, from the writing to the mixing in Logic. It features the band, as can be witnessed in several of the preview videos, both talking about writing and doing the actual writing. Unfortunately, to view all these videos, you have to sign up for a paid membership for Ask Video.

Or you could try to win the remix contest, where you could WIN a Telefunken Microphone. The latest AskVideo SongCraft Remix Contest requires you to create a FREE account at AskAudioMag, download the stems, remix & submit your work before end of September 21st, 2014 on Soundcloud.

Then you could win either a funky Telefunken microphone or 6 or 3 months of access to AskVideo.

Apparently, Turin Brakes will pick the winning remix themselves, so that’s pretty awesome stuff for you there. GO REMIX!

We’ll keep an eye on whatever’s being uploaded if there are any nice ones, we’ll feature them here!


September 4, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws
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Turin Brakes play acoustic gig in Nijmegen

logo_rssTurin Brakes have been confirmed for the Red Shoe Sessions in Nijmegen. These intimate, acoustic gigs vary in location (from gardens to monastries) each time, but always guarantee an awesome time with a limited audience. TB have managed to slot one in between their Amsterdam gig on October 11 and Den Bosch gig on October 12. The gig is on Sunday afternoon (2 PM) and the location will be announced once you get a ticket. I’m currently hiring a big bus so fans who want to go to all three can just drive all together ;). It will be stickered with Ether Site logos and stuff.

Anyhooooooo…. Tickets on sale right NOW from here.

Support comes from MOOD on the Amsterdam and Nijmegen shows. This Land will support in Den Bosch.


August 26, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Out now: The Fire Inside featuring song co-written by Turin Brakes

So, some Turin Brakes related news this morning, as the debut album by Luke Sital-Singh, The Fire Inside, has been released in the UK and various other territories. Luke Sital-Singh has written with Turin Brakes in writing sessions in the past, and apparently Everything Is Making You is from those sessions. The album has been gathering generally positive reviews, with The Guardian calling at a pleasant debut. The song itself is a nice strumming song with some interesting lyrics and som ecatchy ‘oooooohs’ in the chorus.

The song and album are also available on Spotify here. iTunes fans can get it here, and if you want a CD go here.

We’re expecting more results of those writing sessions to be released in the coming year. We’ll keep you posted…


August 21, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Antiquiet session features four live songs from ‘We Were Here’

Nice! When the band were last in LA, they recorded a session for Antiquiet. The session features the first four songs from the already classic album We Were Here. Watch the videos here and then be thankful to Antiquiet for making them :).

Turin Brakes is a band we first discovered back in 2003, well before Mumford’s whole family started the trendwaves of acoustic guitar driven folk rock. In subtle, but important contrast to most of the cutesy singalongs that contribute to the latter’s marketability, Turin Brakes’ music has proven timeless, each album holding up far longer than the odd hot summer.

We’d had an Antiquiet Session tentatively planned for a long time, patiently but excitedly waiting for the UK band to drift through Los Angeles. That finally happened this year in the course of their touring to support last year’s We Were Here, and their visit to our studio at Swing House in Hollywood was everything we’d hoped it would be. Here’s Antiquiet Session #17.



Music v Cancer

August 21, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Turin Brakes to play Hartlepool charity gig

Music v Cancer will welcome Turin Brakes to The Grand Hotel in Hartlepool on Friday, October 3.

Tony Larkin, founder of Music v Cancer, said: “This is probably the highest profile act we have booked for our Weekender performances and I’m absolutely thrilled that we will have Turin Brakes in Hartlepool.” Music v Cancer was founded by Tony after he was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009. After getting the all-clear he set up the charity, holding live music events, auctions of music memorabilia and fundraising initiatives across the region. Those funds have been put to good use supporting health professionals at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust to detect the early signs of cancers, but particularly bowel cancer.

As well as Turin Brakes, Music v Cancer will be hosting singer songwriters Jake Morley, Antonio Lulic and Kal Lavelle on Friday, October 3. The following night, acts will include Jon Allen; Z-Star; Jimmy Docherty, and Paul Liddell from Sunderland.

Tickets cost £15 per night from the Grand Hotel on (01429) 266345.

Dermot O'Leary

August 17, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Turin Brakes make original lullaby for Dermot O’Leary show

Yesterday – finally – saw the airing of the final of three lullabies recorded by the band for the Dermot O’Leary show. The third is an original composition by the band called Every Cell. NICE!

You can listen to it on the BBC website, with the toddler shout-outs first at 2 hours and 53 minutes, and the song at 2 hours and 55 minutes. It will available for one week.

Dermot O'Leary

July 24, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Turin Twinkle Little Star (2nd BBC Radio 2 lullaby)

Last Saturday, Dermot O’Leary played Fishing For A Dream followed by the second of Turin Brakes’ exclusive trilogy of lullabies on his BBC Radio 2 show (I’m still hoping they might be released on a little EP on iTunes or something?). It only showed up on iPlayer recently, hence the late posting of said lullaby.

This week’s lullaby is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and as Dermot exlaims after the airing of it: “it’s so Turin Brakes” with lovely slide guitar, great vocals and a nice rhythm underneath. The segment starts approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes in to the show, first with Fishing For A Dream and then the lullaby.

Listen to it here >>

Dermot O'Leary

July 16, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Turin Brakes record lullabies for BBC Dermot O’Leary show

TB-studio5-12_credit_Andy_WillsherTurin Brakes have recorded a series of lullaby for Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show. Last Saturday, the first song “to help the nation’s toddlers go to sleep.”

Tune in here at 2 hours and 52 minutes to first here Red Moon (the EP version) and then the first lullaby at 2.55, a cover Somebody’s Calling My Name. Not sure whether these are made by Olly and Gale or the full band (since it’s mainly guitars and vocals on this one). The other two lullabies will be aired over the next weeks at the end of each show.

As far as I know the lullabies are exclusive to the show (Gomez and The Magic Numbers have also done them) and are not planned to be released anywhere else as yet. But one can hope… And if every lullaby is preceded by another Turin Brakes track, that’s great too ;).




turin brakes wakefield

June 24, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws

Turin Brakes play brand new Unity Works venue for charity

turin brakes wakefieldTurin Brakes are playing a brand new venue in Wakefield called Unity Works, with all profits from the show donated to The Wakefield Hospice. The multi-purpose music and arts venue, formerly known as Unity Hall, will be welcoming our favourite band on 14 November 2014.The building work for Unity Works is on track for completion by early September. Once it is ready, Unity Works will have three performance spaces, the 700 capacity major hall, the minor hall with a 150 capacity and the glass-fronted cafe for more informal performance.

Tickets cost 20 GBP. All details here.