Eamon Hamilton and the band at Glastonbury 6/23/07
photos from brakesbrakesbrakes.com
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
Margarita by BrakesBrakesBrakes from the 2007 album The Beatific Visions on Rough Trade.
Deemed by some as a supergroup, BrakesBrakesBrakes is made up of Electric Soft Parade‘s White brothers (Alex & Tom) on drums and guitar, along with Eamon Hamilton of British Sea Power fame and Marc Beatty of The Tenderfoot. Once thought to be a side project, these guys look and sound more and more like they’re in for the long haul. Beatific Visions, more than its predecessor Give Blood, is a sum of its parts. They have brought the best attributes of their other projects to BrakesBrakesBrakes to create a sound all their own. The country-influenced punk of the album is front and center with the addition of a Nashville recording studio and the production techniques of Stuart Sikes (Cat Power, White Stripes). The end result is a little more country but still as punk and in your face as pre-Beatific Visions fans grew to love. Lyrically and musically, the new album benefits from more time in the studio and greater focus on the task at hand; Hamilton is no longer associated with BSP nor Beatty with The Tenderfoot. And now, since BrakesBrakesBrakes and Electric Soft Parade are touring together, the White brothers have had to work double shifts!
more Glastonbury pics
If you’re wondering about their moniker in triplicate, to avoid confusion with (and legal action from) a U.S. outfit called The Brakes, the band expanded their name along with their sound. In the UK, though,
they’re still known as Brakes.
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