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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.

In real life, Stefan Meeuws is an online strategist, combining his writing skills with his web skills and project management. He likes music, internet, media, social and cultural things. As if that's not enough he enjoys Turin Brakes music most of all and making this very website.

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