Belfast Telegraph

It's time to put the Brakes on in Belfast

By Patric Baird

Black Box, Belfast,Thursday, june 17, 8pm

Ever since South London schoolboys Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian turned their friendship into a full-time songwriting partnership in 1999, a series of singles and EPs followed, topped off by a Mercury Music Prize nomination in 2001 for their debut album, The Optimist.

The duo then temporarily relocated to Los Angeles, recording follow-up album Ether Song with producer Tony Hoffer, whilst their 2005 third album, Jackinabox, was recorded in the band’s own, newly built studio and combined the acoustic feel of their first album, with the darker, electric sound of Ether Song, combined with a smattering of funk.

Despite reaching the Top 10 in the UK Album Charts upon release, subsequent singles failed to achieve the commercial success of 2002’s Top 5 hit, Pain Killer.

Constantly developing their sound and touring extensively, the 2007 release of Dark On Fire finally sealed Turin Brakes’ transition from acoustic pop balladeers to a fully fledged, plugged-in, soft rock band.

However, with their brand new album Outbursts, Olly and Gale have decided to go back to basics with a collection of songs which revives the original essence of Turin Brakes.

See www.blackboxbelfast.com for more details on the gig. Tickets are £15 and are available from all Ticketmaster outlets.

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