Song of the Day: BrakesBrakesBrakes – Margarita

Eamon Hamilton and the band at Glastonbury 6/23/07
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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. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is Margarita by BrakesBrakesBrakes from the 2007 album The Beatific Visions on Rough Trade.

BrakesBrakesBrakes – Margarita (MP3)

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.

To find out more about what the guys of BrakesBrakesBrakes are up to, check out their website and MySpace page. Now for some of that country vibe, here’s a classic ya’ll might recognize:

“Jackson” at End Of the Road

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  1. Tom
    Posted June 25, 2007 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I heard there were very few at the chop suey show….disgraceful.

  2. cut_here
    Posted June 25, 2007 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Yeah Tom, hardly anyone was there. Maybe if KEXP would have made them their song of the day three weeks ago (or mentioned the gig in places beside their playlists) it would have been different… but probably not.

  3. Posted June 26, 2007 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    For the record, that show occurred during our Pledge Drive, when it was difficult to promote. Their tourmates Pela did come into the studio and we later broadcast that performance the beginning of the next week. If the timing were better, that performance alone would have helped fill up the club! And scheduling Song of the Day podcasts around when bands are touring and releasing new material is tricky business and not necessarily our role. While we certainly want to promote bands like BBB, which we obviously love, we can’t be their sole PR. I agree, though, that BBB certainly deserve a bigger audience!

  4. Posted June 26, 2007 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Any support is good support, regardless of timing! Thanks for rocking so hard KEXP!

    Moremoremore brakesbrakesbrakes @

  5. cut_here
    Posted June 28, 2007 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Yeah, the promotion was pretty bad, there was actually a “KEXP employee” there that didn’t know about the show until she saw a poster at Easy Street (that was probably street teamed).
    I’m certainly not blaming KEXP for the low turnout it’s just frustrating to see things like the song of the day (or the album review at 3IG a few days after the show) happen after it could have helped them at the show here.

    Anyway, here’s an audio recording of the show.

  6. Tom
    Posted June 29, 2007 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    whoa, nothing against kexp (thats not what I meant…I love kexp being an ex-seattlite and all). I just think the band should have and deserve a much bigger audience. They seem to have the same problem in some places in europe too (a swedish show was cancelled on their last tour and there wasnt that many here at the last oslo show.) I was just complaining about the seattle audience…and audiences in general.

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