British Psychedelic Folk Rock Band Turin Brakes to Appear 3/10 at The Mercury Lounge
It's been four years since much heralded British folk-rock band, Turin Brakes, who have been described by the UK's "Daily Mail" as "one of the finest Indie bands of the last decade", released a new record and went on the road in the US. Now, on the heels of the October release of their sixth record, "We Were Here", on Cooking Vinyl/Red River Entertainment, and following their successful largest UK tour in a decade in November, the group, comprised of Olly Knights, Gale Paridjanian, Rob Allum and Eddie Myer, are proud to announce that they will be returning to the States next week for special shows in NYC, SXSW and LA. The band will be performing this coming Monday, 3/10 in NYC at the Mercury Lounge.
"We Were Here", Turin Brakes' first record since 2010's "Outbursts", finds the group at their most assertive and consistent, with a hypnotic collection of songs that nods to classic releases of the '70s and also to the triggers of existential dread that sit right at the heart of the information age. The songs explore themes like loneliness, disconnection and Knights says, "realizing one's own place in the scheme of things." He continues, "As a writer, I love to plumb the depths of the human condition."
To create "We Were Here", the band relearned some of their older songs, a process that reinvigorated them creatively and also served as the disc's inspiration. They recorded the album live over two weeks of eighteen hour days in legendary Welsh studio Rockfield. The results - warm, crystal clear acoustics ("We Were Here") that give way to expansive echo chamber electrics ("Blindsided Again") and chaotic, proggy woodwind ("Dear Dad"). From the majestic opening swoop and swirl of "Time and Money" through to the elegiac campfire slide of closer "Goodbye", "We Were Here" gorgeously chimes and echoes with the pastoral psychedelia of Pink Floyd, the sunset soul of Laurel Canyon, the blues of the Mississippi Delta and the band's own six-stringed past.
Formed in 1999 by childhood friends Knights and Paridjanian, Turin Brakes signed to French label Source in 2000 and released their Mercury Music Prize nominated debut album "The Optimist" in 2001. Their second album, 2003's "Ether Song", entered the UK album charts at number 4 and spawned the Top 5 single "Pain Killer (Summer Rain)". The Top 10 album "JackinABox" was released in 2005, followed by 2007's "Dark On Fire". In 2009, Turin Brakes signed to Cooking Vinyl and released "Outbursts" in 2010.
Arriving as it does after a timely re-evaluation of some of their earliest recordings, Turin Brakes' "We Were Here" is something of a confident fresh chapter: a wide open door to the band's next decade.