BrakesBrakesBrakes, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks
at Great Scott, Allston, MA
Wednesday, October 7
(doors at 9pm; 18+ show)

BrakesBrakesBrakes

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From Brighton, UK, and performing together since 2003, BrakesBrakesBrakes (made up of ex-members from Brighton bands Electric Soft Parade, British Sea Power, and The Tenderfoot) is Alex White, drums; Eamon Hamilton, guitar/vocals; Marc Beatty, bass; and Thomas White, guitar. Rollicking and raucous, yet melodic and literate at the same time, their influences are as far-reaching as Hank Williams and the Pixies; Ledbelly, Aerosmith, and Camera Obscura.

Their two previous albums are Give Blood (Rough Trade, 2005) and The Beatific Visions (Rough Trade, 2006), and their latest album, Touchdown (FatCat Records), was released earlier this year. Jason Lymangrover at All Music Guide described ‘Brakes’ as “more masterful than ever at churning out opaque, punchy melodies anchored by dry wit.”

Apart for a 2-month break in 2008, they’ve been touring near constantly since their inception in 2003 (over 1000 shows), supporting such bands as Belle and Sebastian, Buck 65, Editors, and The Killers, as well as headlining their own tours around Europe and the U.S. This current tour marks a return to performing in the States after a 2-year absence. For their Boston-area show (and other East Coast and Eastern Canadian dates), they’re joined by Scottish bands (and FatCat labelmates) The Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacks, which means this is something pretty special, and not to be missed.

Listen to “Why Tell The Truch (When It’s Easier To Lie)” (mp3), from Touchdown.

MySpace | Official site

[If you absolutely can’t make it to one of their shows, two of their live shows were captured on Rock Is Dodelijk, and will be digitally released on FatCat Records October 6.]

BrakesBrakesBrakes U.S. Tour 2009

October 1 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill (North Carolina, USA) – BRAKES, Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat Tour)
October 3 – North Star – Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA) – BRAKES, Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat Tour)
October 5 – Black Cat Backstage – Washington (Washington CD, USA) – BRAKES, Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat Tour)
October 6 – Bowery Ballroom – New York (New York, USA) – BRAKES, Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat Tour)
October 7 – Great Scott – Allston (Massachusetts, USA) – BRAKES, Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat Tour)
October 9 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal (Quebec, Canada) – BRAKES, Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat Tour)
October 10 – El Mocambo – Toronto (Ontario, Canada) – BRAKES, Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat Tour)
October 11 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor – (Michigan, USA) – BRAKES, Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat Tour)
October 12 – Empty Bottle – Chicago (Illinois, USA) – BRAKES, Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat Tour)
October 13 – The Waiting Room – Omaha (Nebraska. USA) – BRAKES, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons
October 15 – Hi-Dive – Denver (Colorado, USA) – BRAKES, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons
October 16 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City (Utah, USA) – BRAKES, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons
October 18 – High Dive – Seattle (Washington, USA) – BRAKES, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons
October 19 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland (Oregon, USA) – BRAKES, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons
October 21 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco (California, USA) – BRAKES, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons
October 22 – Spaceland – Los Angeles (California, USA) – BRAKES, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons

Other bands on the bill for the East Coast dates:

The Twilight Sad

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, James Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane,
(guitar/accordion/noise), Craig Orzel (bass), and Mark Devine (drums) started in 2003 performing half-hour pieces of music with tape loops and toy instruments alongside bass, guitar and drums. Their music is now more “traditional” with soaring and wonderfully Scottish-sounding vocals over lush instrumentation. Or as they describe themselves on their site, “leached, overdriven guitars consistently ride a line between ambient and coruscating, working in tandem with an articulate, tumultuous rhythm section, portraying an awestruck, ragged sentimentality.” MySpace | Official site

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Described as “post-punk and indie pop”, We Were Promised Jetpacks came together in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2003. They have a pretty, jangly and sometimes punkish sound, and have been compared to the Editors and The Strokes. The band features Adam Thompson (Guitar/Vocals), Michael Palmer (Guitar), Sean Smith (Bass) and Darren Lackie (Drums) and – like BrakesBrakesBrakes and Twilight Sad – they’re currently signed to Fat Cat Records, who released their debut album These Four Walls back in June. MySpace

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