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December 3, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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VOTE NOW! Turin Brakes Song of the Year 2016

What is your favourite Turin Brakes song? It’s an annual tradition here at Ether Site to make an end of year list with your favourite Turin Brakes songs ever. The idea is simple: make a list of your favourite Turin Brakes songs, send them to me and wait for the results to be published on 1 January 2017. So the deadline for your top list is 31 December 2016 11.59 PM (UK time).

For inspiration, here are last year’s results: The 10 most popular Turin Brakes songs of 2015.

There’s some additional questions for fun and games. But the list of songs is most important. If the form below doesn’t work, just send them to ethersite@gmail.com or leave a comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for participating! There will also be a limited number of paper forms to fill in at Islington Assembly Hall in London on 9 December at the Turin Brakes merch stand :).

 

December 1, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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Watch livestream of tonight’s Turin Brakes gig in Stroud

Tonight’s Turin Brakes’ gig at The Convent in Stroud will be streamed online if you pay 7.50 GBP. You can buy a digital ticket for the sold-out gig here. If you cannot watch the stream live, you can access it for another 7 days. Myself, I plan to watch it with a nice cuppa in the weekend. 🙂

 

November 27, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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Listen again: Turin Brakes on BBC Kent Drivetime show

Turin Brakes joined Dominic King on BBC Radio Kent last Wednesday. You can listen to it here, with the Turin Brakes bit starting 13 minutes into the show.

The band talk about skating, double dates, working on the second album (Ether Song) with Tony Hoffer. Then there’s the latest news, before a live version of Painkiller, then more chatting about working on albums, Save You on Designated Survivor, the live experience. Then a live performance of Keep Me Around to finish things!

November 27, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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Have some Turin Brakes fun with this crossword puzzle

Turin Brakes fan Paul Rebane (Twitter) has made a GREAT crossword puzzle with Turin Brakes questions in it! So I won’t spoil too much hopefully if I say that this very website gets a mention. Anyway, you can fill it in online here. Let us know in the comments how many you got right and how long it took you ;).

 

 

November 21, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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BREAKING: Vinyl box set of Source albums to be released + secret gig

A new box set will be released in 2017 featuring the first four studio albums released. Called ‘Source Years Vinyl Box’, the box set will include the following:

The first 4 Turin Brakes albums issued on heavyweight vinyl

  • The Optimist LP
  • Ether Song
  • JackInABox
  • Dark On Fire (First ever vinyl pressing, which will also include Something Out Of Nothing EP on 10” heavyweight vinyl)

articlesharedimage-67006The box set, presumably, will include the regular editions of Ether Song (which came with several bonus discs in various forms), JackInABox (which came with a limited dvd). But it’s pretty cool the Something Out Of Nothing EP will be available on 10″ vinyl!

This will all be housed in deluxe outer slipcase and include a voucher to download digital versions of all 4 albums + the EP. The albums will be released in August. Universal, the label that has bought up EMI that has bought up Source Records that used to be Turin Brakes’ label, will be releasing the box set. The box set will cost 91 euros on its own.

Secret gig

If you spend some extra money, you can attend a ‘secret’ intimate London gig where the band will only play music from the Source Years. The gig will take place on 29 April 2017.  You can get one ticket for this gig (132 euros) or two for 166 euros). It doesn’t look like tickets will be available separately.

Interactive campaign

People can send in questions for the band to answer about the albums via e-mail. Details in this video:

Pre-orders (which include the gig tickets bundle) can be made here >>

 

November 13, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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Listen again: Turin Brakes BBC Radio sessions

Turin Brakes are on the road again for their Winter / Autumn tour, starting out in The Globe in Cardiff. Besides some great shows, the band have played some great radio sessions as well. Here’s two you can listen back to now

BBC Radio Wales – Eleri Sion – 2 hours 4 minutes – Keep Me Around, Painkiller live + a nice interview with gifts, lost properties, Ed’s tiny bass and ‘the secret’, Melanie C, poppy or alternative TB. Really enjoyed this session!
BBC Radio Cornwall – David White – 2 hours 20 minutes – Keep Me Around, Painkiller live + a nice interview about Chim Chim Cher-ee, (also includes studio versions of Chim Chim Cher-ee, Jump Start, Save You), making it and BBC Introducing, vinyl resurgence, Lost PropertyDesignated Survivor

Also: a print interview with Olly, Rob and Ed here in So Magazine, page 31.

And a little video made by Trevor Wisker on Twitter:

 

October 29, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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Gale: Turin Brakes almost split up after Outbursts

According to an interview Gale did with West Briton, Turin Brakes considered calling it quits after Outbursts. He says:

“We lost heart – we split with our management and label; everything was closing around us. We made an album (2010’s Outbursts) which was a little bit uninspired – we were writing and recording it on a laptop and never actually played the songs from start to finish in a studio. It turned out okay actually. We thought then, this might not last that long unless we change.”

It turned out more than okay I’d say. While Outbursts is a rather different beast than follow-ups We Were Here and Lost Property, to me it sounds like a band in transition, figuring out what they want to be: embracing epic sounds on songs like The Sea Change, Rocket Song and Will Power and proper guitar work on Apocolyps and Outbursts. I think afterwards the band really found their own groove on We Were Here and Lost Property. Gale agrees:

“We got back to the early days of working with tape and analogue in the studio, the old school way. The way we worked on We Were Here was really fulfilling – we loosened up as a group and got a little bit more accessible, even more so on Lost Property.”

With Turin Brakes playing their first gig in forever in Zürich tonight and a massive UK tour happening from November to mid December, I think we can all be happy that the Turin Brakes bus is still in service. 🙂 Read the full interview with Gale here.

October 24, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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More Australian dates for April 2017

bft-turinbrakes-webposterTurin Brakes will celebrate their Bluesfest debut in 2017, showcasing the band’s latest work from their seventh studio album Lost Property released in January 2016. One of the finest indie bands of the last decade Turin Brakes are still going strong after 16 years. Two more dates have been added to the Australian tour organised by Bluesfest. 

10 Apr 2017: Newton Social Club in Sydney (tickets)
13 Apr 2017: Northcote Social Club in Melbourne (tickets) (40 AU$)

The band will also be playing at Bluesfest, as previously reported, on both 15 and 16 April 2017.

October 22, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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Listen to Melanie C’s Turin Brakes song in our new collaborations playlist

Yesterday saw the release of the new Melanie C album Version of Me. The former Spice Girl has released a collection of songs that you can dance or sing along to, including one co-written by Olly and Gale in Olly’s studio ‘shed’. It’s called Something For The Fire (a title which reminds me personally of the Dark on Fire era of TB land and the Something Out of Nothing EP that came with it). The song itself has fairly stripped down choruses which evolve into a very electronic chorus. There’s a lot going on towards the end, so multiple listens will be rewarded. The lyrics are being described as philosophical. The song is also rumoured to be the next single.

You can listen to the song in the new TB Collaborations, Co-writes + Covers playlist on Spotify, which also includes tracks released by Take That, Hudson Taylor, Luke Sital-Singh and solo project such as Olly’s If Not Now When and Eddie’s jazz album. Also present is the EP Olly and Gale made with Gaobi (which is a whole different beast) and the song Rob, Eddie and Little Phil wrote with Sia, The Girl You Lost To Cocaine. You can subscribe to the playlist and we’ll update it with new songs as they’re being released.

 

 

Melanie C’s new album is available digitally and in physical formats now. You can buy the song on Amazon or iTunes, for example.