BRAKES: New Album ‘The Beatific Visions’

So far this year, Brakes backed Belle and Sebastian and Editors in the UK & Europe before seeing in the spring with trips to warmer climes - now they have an album out on November 6th

Richard Dyer

Date published: 4th Oct 2006

BRAKES: New Album ‘The Beatific Visions’                                   
Release Date: November 6th, 2006

Brakes are the rollin', bowlin', tumblin', toilin', boilin', wheelin', bleedin', blood givin' buddies that have been throwing eyes into the valleys of the blind and sending mp3s to the moon or further
for over three years now YEAH!!! Roll over cold dog' cause a hot dog's movin’ in!! HELL YEAH!!!
So far this year, Brakes backed Belle and Sebastian and Editors in the UK &  Europe before seeing in the spring with trips to warmer climes; March saw the band head to Texas for a string of successful shows at the South by South West festival in Austin, a return to NYC and a debut tour of Italy.
Come April and Brakes' super-duper smash hit 'All Night Disco Party' received a repeat release disguised in Graham Sutton, Matthew Herbert and FC Kahuna remix formats. The band then toured from Aberdeen all the way down to the city of London where they did a good job of filling the popular Mean Fiddler venue.
It was high time for Brakes II by now, so, on an invitation from Seth Riddle (husband  of Cerys Matthews) they flew to Nashville, Tennessee to record with Stuart Sikes (Cat Power: The Greatest, White Stripes: Red Blood Cells...). After a few days acclimatisation; catching fireflys; drinking 45 ounce margheritas; swapping guitar licks and rocking on rocking chairs on various porches, they got to work at The House of David studio, where records have been made by the likes of JJ Cale, Yo La Tengo and Elvis Presley. The band stuck to their old habits by recording fast and live to tape. They recruited a few extra pairs of hands in the shape of local axe hombre Kevin Teel (lapsteel) and the man of 'The House' himself, Mr David Briggs (piano). David was an original Muscle Shoals band member and went on to play piano with Elvis between '68 and '77. Brakes asked him to lay down some 'ragtime' piano on 'If I Should Die Tonight' offering him $10. "Well, that was worth 50c." he said. They squeezed in gigs at the legendary record shop 'Grimeys' and its sister venue The Basement in between sessions, and were greeted by Nashville with hollers, whoops and screams.
Between festivals around the UK and Europe, Brakes mixed their new album 'Beatific Visions' at Radiohead's studio, Courtyard, in Oxfordshire. They paid their dues at the grave of Eric Blair (George Orwell), drank too much at the local mind bending pub 'The Plough', recorded a string section and mixed a fine record. They played festivals around Europe and the UK and sent their album back to Nashville to have it mastered by Neil Young's mastering engineer.  The band will be touring the UK and further afield in the not too distant future.
'The Beatific Visions' Tracklisting:
Hold Me In The River
If I Should Die Tonight
Mobile Communication
Spring Chicken
Beatific Visions
Porcupine or Pineapple?
Cease and Desist
On Your Side
No Return

Forthcoming Brakes Tour Dates:
Nov28 Cardiff The Point
Nov29 Dublin Crawdaddy
Nov30 Belfast Radar Club @ Speakeasy 
Dec01 Glasgow King Tuts
Dec02 Leeds Cockpit
Dec03 Manchester Roadhouse
Dec04 Birmingham Bar Academy
Dec05 London Kings College
Dec08 Brighton, Pavillion Theatre

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