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May 24, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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Press Round-Up EU tour and after

So Turin Brakes are heading to their first Summer festival of 2016 (not counting the winter-ish Celtic Connections), Bearded Theory, this Friday.  Turin Brakes headline The Woodland Stage, check out the full line-up here. Then on Saturday, Turin Brakes play a sold-out show at The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge. Support comes from Deadwall. Then it’s off to River Cottage in Axminister, which also appears to be sold-out. Then finally, it’s on to the second festival, the Hay Festival on Monday night in Hay-On-Wye, Wales. Tickets for this are only 10 quid and still available! After that, the festival season well and truly kicks off this June with Isle of Wight and Glastonbury. Can’t wait to see the buzz for those shows. In the meantime, here’s a nice press round-up for you guys from the last weeks (months, really)…

Bayern 2

Here’s an MP3 interview from German radio (Bayern 2), with this great picture. Some German translations in between teh questions, but a good listen with a lot of business talk. We Were Here was an important record, a water-shed moment: “it was when we decided: ‘yes we’re gonna carry on’…”:

SWR session

A really great live session version of Underdog (Save Me) and Keep Me Around.  Underdog is especially awesome. I can’t stretch this enough.

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DIME Masterclass

Olly Knights talks in a masterclass interview about writing music. He calls himself the Woody Allen of music writing. 😉

Absolute Music Chat

Interview with Olly and Rob (separately for some reason, it must have been a bad day ;)) for Absolute Music Chat about all kinds of stuff. Including what show he’d like his music to be on… “Better Call Saul, so much flavour.”

43 minutes from Musik & Frieden

Someone filmed almost 45 minutes of the April Berlin show. Yea. I know. It’s pretty good quality too!

Little Love, Tom Speight + Turin Brakes

In April, Tom Speight (who supported on the UK tour earlier this year and co-wrote 3 songs on Lost Property) played a gig in London where Olly and Gale joined on Little Love (a song they wrote together) . Pretty sweet:

Sounds Familiar: Rob Allum Interview

And last but not least but most recently: Ether Site friend Nicola interviewed Rob Allum extensively. It’s a great read and includes interesting comments like Jump Start probably being the next single and plans for 2017:

2017 could well be an Australian tour, a possible US trip, summer festivals and a bunch of one-offs or little clusters of shows around Europe and the UK. Hoping to get to Ireland if possible too. So, we are gonna be busy enough as we move towards maybe not leaving it too long before the next album… to be continued…

Interesting… 😉 Very interesting….

Turin Brakes on Vintage TV Wednesday night (trailer)

May 24, 2016 by Stefan Meeuws | 0 comments

30 minutes of live music tomorrow night (25 May) at 10.30 pm on Vintage TV. New! Stepping on the gas with a live performance to stop you in your tracks is Balham-based four piece Turin Brakes. These purveyors of folk and indie rock are not to be missed.

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May 11, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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Mara Simpson charity collaboration with Olly Knights

ourgoodsidesBrighton singer/songwriter Mara Simpson has made an album called ‘Our Good Sides’. Having teamed up with producer Tim Bidwell (Kate Walsh, Fink), said album has just been completed. It features Ben Ottewell (Gomez), her band and none other than our own Olly Knights!

The album is available for pre-order on Pledge Music and will be released on 20 May. 10% of pre-sales and 25% of money raised beyond its goal pledged to mothers2mothers, a charity that trains, employs and empowers mothers living with HIV in Africa to work alongside doctors and nurses as members of healthcare teams in understaffed health centres, The Argus writes.

Below is a song from the album in session video form:

 

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May 4, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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Turin Brakes confirmed for Glastonbury 2016 Avalon Stage

Turin Brakes are heading to Glasto! The Field of Avalon aims to provide folk and roots music with an arts focus, a festival within a festival – stages, a pub, a great range of delicious food outlets, fairground attractions, and a plethora of stalls selling books, vintage clothes, and circus paraphernalia. Turin Brakes will play the Avalon Stage on Saturday night at 9.55 pm alongside acts such as Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall and Seafret. Details here.

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This is the third time the band play Glasto after previous appearances in 2003 and 2010. There are many other festival appearances happening that aren’t sold out yet, including Camp Bestival, Isle of Wight and Together The People. Keep an eye on the tour dates section for the many appearances this year.

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May 2, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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[Podcast] The Ether’s On Air: Cologne and Amsterdam

13129267_1066606963395971_1681717546_nThis episode was recorded on the road, attending the gigs in Cologne and Amsterdam in April 2016. Features songs from these shows including 96, Keep Me Around, Lost Property, Future Boy, Jump Start, Last Chance, Save You and The Door. And some banter in between. Hope you like it! Let me know if you’d like to hear more. And if you want to listen to more songs from these shows, get in touch :). Check out earlier episodes here.

More written words about these shows coming in blog form later this week!

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May 1, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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‘Wonderful Life’ cover to be released on compilation CD

Turin Brakes cover of Wonderful Life by Black, recorded on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show, got an airing (22 minutes) earlier this week to celebrate the upcoming release of BBC Radio 2’s Sounds of the 80s, Vol. 2. Much like the Saturday Sessions CDs released by Dermot O’Leary, this compilation features lots of bands covering tracks in their own signature style. In this case, they’re all 80s songs and the bands covering them range from Guy Garvey to LeAnn Rimes. So yea, one can buy said compilation from Friday on Amazon and other outlets.

Or you can listen to the song below:

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April 26, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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LISTEN: Rosie Carney’s Antidote featuring Olly & Gale

Reports of Rosie Carney writing and working with Turin Brakes have been surfacing for a few years now, but it looks like we now have the first song surfacing where we can definitely be sure it’s by Rosie and Olly and Gale. Recorded live with the three of them, in fact.

Antidote‘ is a soft, gentle, bittersweet song that has

a) Olly counting to four in the beginning, and

b) features some very old-school TB slide guitar.

It has a similar vibe to some really old TB b-sides, like 9 to 5 and All Away.. A perfect antidote to a long day and night, I dare to say. Which is fitting since that’s the name of the song. More songs by Rosie can be found here.

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April 18, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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Turin Brakes LA show on German radio tonight

UPDATE: This turned out to be a broadcast of The Optimist Live show at Koko in London. Which is also available on CD.

Turin Brakes performed at The Troubadour in LA in 2014. Now this show is being broadcasted in Germany tonight on MDR alongside a gig of Anne Clark from 8PM (German time, so yea, that’s like 7PM in the UK). Some German details here. You can listen live on the website.

I don’t think this gig has been broadcasted before, so I can’t wait to hear how it sounds!!

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April 15, 2016
by Stefan Meeuws
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[PREMIERE] Turin Brakes – Save You video

Finally! The moment we’ve all been waiting for, the new video for ‘Save You’. The radio edit has been C-listed on BBC Radio 2 for the past 2 weeks and will be for another week from tomorrow! And now, we can watch the epic video for it, made by the same studio as the Keep Me Around video. This one is a lot less colourful though, featuring scattered pieces of time and space, lots of Lost Properties and a Bomber plane with a pilot. What it all means? Repeated viewing required, over at The Shortlist, who write:

However, one extremely useful trick that Turin Brakes have had over the years is to pop up with an undeniable banger every so often. The amazing Underdog (Save Me) kickstarted their career, Pain Killer (Summer Rain) gave them a top 5 hit and now this track, Save You – an enormous, emotional string-laden ballad should push them out to wider consciousness once again. We’re delighted to be premiering the video – check it out above and wallow in its beauty.