Turin Brakes play the Leas Cliff Hall in August, 08 08 08
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Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
Friday 8th August 2008 (08/08/08)
Box Office 0844 847 1776
TURIN BRAKES - Headlining
Turin Brakes last played in Kent back in 2003 to a sell-out crowd at the Leas Cliff Hall, but they return this August for a one-off event organised by local promoters Hevy, supported by two of the UK's greatest upcoming bands.
The modern folk-pop duo comprising Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, met at a young age and spent much of their childhood together. With 500,000+ albums sold around the world and a US tour with David Gray, Turin Brakes have proven that they know their way round a robust pop melody. They are known for their elegant, acoustic guitar-driven ballads and spine-tingling vocal harmonies.
Since turning their schooldays friendship in South London into a full-time songwriting partnership, they have barely stopped. Their first batch of songs had quickly resulted in a seven-inch single released in the UK entitled "The Door EP" in 1999. By early 2000, they quickly got down to the recording of a series of singles, EPs and "The Optimist LP" (released in May 2001). Their second album, "Ether Song", was a departure from the acoustic sound that had brought them success with their first album. Recorded in Los Angeles, California, it was popular enough to reach number 4 in the United Kingdom album charts upon its release in 2003. The album produced several hit singles, including "Long Distance" and "Pain Killer", their first Top 5 single in the UK. Their third album, "Jackinabox", was released to critical acclaim much like their prior efforts when it was released in early June 2005. The album was supported by the group's first full-band tour of the United States.
Following the success of Jackinabox and its subsequent tour, a download-only album, "Live at the Palladium", recorded in London was released in November of 2005. During the same tour the band also sold the "Red Moon EP". This acoustic EP featured a new version of "Red Moon", two new songs and the Red Hot Chili Peppers cover "Breaking The Girl". The band spent the first half of 2006 writing new songs, occasionally performing both new and old work at small gigs across the UK.
In January 2007 the band entered a small studio in London to record their 4th album with producer Ethan Johns. After three weeks the band took a break (on January 29th Gale's wife gave birth to a daughter), but the sessions were resumed several weeks later. On the last day of March 2007 the band announced that they had finished the recording sessions, and recorded 17 songs. The new album, "Dark on Fire", was released in the UK in September 2007. Recording for the first time with their on-the-road band, the duo has captured the tensile beauty that has always run like a thread of steel through their songs, and set it off like a firework in the sky. The album has still got the duo's trademark lilt, but the deft melodies and dark, pin-sharp lyrics now come spliced to electric guitars, bare wires and a hefty swagger.
"It's epic," says the album's producer Ethan Johns, the man responsible for putting the production fire into albums by acts ranging from Kings Of Leon to Ray LaMontagne. "It's a beautiful record with a lot of intent. They're writing about stuff that's important to them - really honest material - and it comes through. I think we have captured some extraordinarily truthful performances."
The first single, "Stalker", is typical of the revitalised Turin Brakes approach. A tough, clanging guitar riff underpins a strangely sinister lyric which takes you inside the mind of a person nursing a creepy obsession. "Every single thing you say/I'll record, I'll replay", the pair sing in the chorus, a reminder that we live in an era when surveillance techniques are such that it has never been more tempting to play the role of a stalker. "Being in a band puts you on the fringes of that world," Paridjanian says. "You're seeking attention for your music. But to do that you're almost saying "Please stalk us - but only so far, and then you must stop"."
"It's a simple idea, but with a hidden twist," Knights says. "I've always liked doing that. ‘Pain Killer’, which was a pretty big hit for us, sounded like a love song, but it was all about Catholic guilt and fellatio and stuff. It's great fun to hear that kind of thing blasting out of mainstream radio."
The title track is perhaps the strongest statement on *Dark on Fire*. The image of setting the dark on fire popped into Knights's head as a visual metaphor for the process of creating music. "It's when you're alone in the dark and there is a point where you can either give up or you can make something spectacular happen. It was a real soul-searching moment. The phrase became a mantra for what this album is about. It's a leap of faith; the idea of truly believing that you have a special purpose in making this music."
Kid iD are an awesome new band from Leeds. Their current line-up of drums, bass, guitar, trumpet, trombone, djembe, percussion, violin, cello and a bucket load of vocals produce an exciting mix of Folk, Funk and Drum & Bass. Winners of the reputable Bright Young Things competition in Easter 2006 and headlining the Cockpit at the start of 2007, Kid iD’s sound soon began working its way around the country, selling out shows from Camden to Glasgow.
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