Brakes stop in the south

Turin Brakes
Turin Brakes
Nik Kershaw. Picture by Steve Ullathorne

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Folk rock duo Turin Brakes are touring on the back of their new album release and heading for Southampton on Monday.

We Were Here, the band’s sixth album, came out at the end of September and a new single, Guess You, is released in December.

The album finds the duo – Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian – along with long time collaborators Rob Allum and Eddie Myer, offering a collection that nods to classic releases of the 70s.

Recorded over two weeks of 18-hour days in Welsh studio Rockfield, it draws inspiration from Pink Floyd, Laurel Canyon singer/songwriters, the blues of the Mississippi Delta and the band’s own six-stringed past.

The duo spent much of their teens listening to old blues records. ‘That informs Turin Brakes as much as my personal love of Laurel Canyon singer/songwriters – we’re hugely inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell and more recently people like Laura Marling; brave female soul singers who aren’t afraid to leap into their own wells and come up spluttering, making something beautiful with what they find,’ says Knights.

‘With this record, the four of us brought in our own very different influences – everything from jazz to hip hop to ambient music and things like Pink Floyd.’

As a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the release of their debut – The Optimist LP – Turin Brakes took to the road in 2011 to play a series of shows where the album was performed in its entirety.

This new tour, featuring the latest material, comes to The Brook, Southampton, on Monday.

Tickets: £20 in advance and £22 on the door. Visit or call (023) 8055 5366.

See for a video of the single Time and Money.