The Brakes have not always impressed me in the past; ‘Give Blood’ has proved me wrong. Contained within the punchy, pithy and passionate half hour are sixteen pocket-sized tunes that contain off-kilter punk, blasting blues and experimental rock. There are excellent covers of the Jesus & Mary Chains ‘Sometimes Always’ and Johnny Cash’s ‘Jackson’ each recast in the Brakes style.
Short and to the point is the key here. There is no fat on these bones and it sounds so much better for them choosing not to pad out these tracks. ‘Give Blood’ is a something to be treasured.
Buy Give Blood from Amazon.co.uk
Buy Give Blood from Amazon.com
Brakes have announced a UK tour in October:
10 Zodiac Oxford
11 Barfly Cardiff
12 Fleece Bristol
14 Cockpit Leeds
15 King Tuts Glasgow
16 Night & Day Manchester (TBC)
18 Borderline London
Brakes are releasing ‘Ring A Ding Ding’ on 17th October.
Label : Rough Trade
Release Date : 04 July 2005
Website : www.brakesbrakesbrakes.com
Brakes are Eamon Hamilton (Vocals + guitar, British Sea Power), Tom White (Guitar, The Electric Soft Parade), Marc Beatty (Bass, The Electric Soft Parade) and Alex White (Drums, The Tenderfoot).