Brakes Live Album and Shows Announced

September 22, 2009 by  

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Brakes have announced they are to release a live album called ‘Rock Is Dodelijk’ and embark on a UK tour.

Hand-picked by Brakes partly from a hometown (Brighton, UK) show in August 2008, and partly from a May 2009 show in Cologne, Germany, this combination of tracks includes choice cuts and singles from their back catalogue – the tracklisting closely resembles a “best-of” compilation.

Brakes will be touring in November to support the release of this record, both in the UK and in the US. T

he North American dates will be part of a FatCat touring showcase, alongside The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit and We Were Promised Jetpacks.

UK November dates:

Sunday 8th – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Monday 9th – Brighton, Komedia (downstairs)
Tuesday 10th – London, Relentless Garage
Wednesday 12th – Leeds, The Well

The band released the following statement:

The idea of this record was to try and capture both the essence of a classic live album and the roughness of a bootleg. The Concorde show was recorded using the multi-track system at the venue, allowing us to mix instruments separately after the event. During the making of ‘Touchdown’, on tea breaks or when inspiration ran dry, the legendary Paul Savage would do a little more work on the recording, tweaking knobs and compressing unruly performances. The result is comparable to a lot of live albums in that the running order has been edited, the mix balanced and perfected after the event and the whole thing generally cleaned up a bit. However, as fans of desk tapes and fan recordings, we wanted to include a sort of ‘official bootleg’ as part of the record. The second half of the album, recorded in Cologne, shows the band absolutely as raw as it can be, from the audience’s point of view. The recording is straight from the desk, with no other mixing or tweaking. While there are mistakes galore, it’s the most honest representation of the band live. We like our records, but there’s a different side to the band that needed to be captured, and for us this is the closest it gets. Besides, the Cologne gig was such a monumentally awesome night that a record of it ought to be kept. Enjoy.


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