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New Meetup: Twilight Sad/Brakes Brakes Brakes/We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Bowery

From: Rachel
Sent on: Thursday, October 1, 2009 12:48 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Indie/BritPop Fans United!!

What: Twilight Sad/Brakes Brakes Brakes/We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Bowery

When: October 6,[masked]:30 PM

Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002

The Twilight Sad
BrakesBrakesBrakes / We Were Promised Jetpacks
Venue: The Bowery Ballroom
Date: Tue 10/6
Notes: 18+
Doors 7:30 PM
$13 advance / $15 day of show

The Twilight Sad
Based outside of Glasgow, The Twilight Sad formed in late 2003. The band played a couple of gigs at the 13th Note in Glasgow, creating half hour-long pieces of music using guitars, bass, drums, theremin, tape loops from films and old folk/country songs, effects pedals, toy keyboards, thumb pianos, saws, computer games and a lot of noise in an attempt to try and discover a sound they could call their own and continue to develop. After these two shows, they rejected many gig offers, and became a more reclusive unit, spending any spare time they had in the studio focused on writing and sculpting away at new material.

In September 2005, they wrote four songs they thought gave a relatively good perspective of the band, and went into a local studio to record them, producing it themselves. Staying in the studio for many nights, they used a 24-track desk to build layer upon layer of sound, trying to get the best representation as possible. Thinking that the CD they came out with showed little more than some kind of raw potential, they posted it down to FatCat as a demo. After receiving a positive response and a request for more tracks, the band continued to expand on their song writing and kept regularly in contact with the label. Instead of paying for more studio time they began to make lo-fi recordings in bedrooms, bathrooms and their own rehearsal space, developing a more folk/experimental/noise sound. In mid-May the band came down to Brighton to meet the label and played on the bill of a FatCat night on the pier alongside The Mutts, Charlottefield, The Rank Deluxe, and fellow Glasgow band, The Frightened Rabbit.

Where the band's recorded sound is layered with many melodies, their live sound is a more intense experience which replaces the intricacies of the recordings with a more visceral wall of noise.

In Eamon's Own Words: "We are fundamentally responsible for the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America, yes," say Brakes. "If it hadn't been for our 5-second epic song "Cheney" (lyrics: "Cheney, Cheney, Cheney, stop being such a Dick"), then it is without a doubt that McCain would've won, and died, and Sarah Palin would have become President and Ruler of the Known Universe by April 2009. We would've been releasing our new album "Touchdown" into a world in the grip of a nuclear winter, with no electricity for people to listen to the CD, and no Internet for them to download it from. We would still have toured it, though," they all agree, nodding their heads, "on acoustic guitars and a drum kit pushed in shopping trolleys. We have built up a live reputation over the past 6 years and nearly 1000 gigs. Yes, even in a world destroyed by the total collapse of reason, we would've toured our music."

Brakes, for those who don't know, or don't have access to Wikipedia, formed in late 2003 with the immortal words "let's form a band." Four friends from Brighton, UK, they went into a practise room that night, played through some songs Eamon had written on acoustic guitar, and afterwards said "we are the fucking most radstation band ever to have graced this planet; it's like we're a blend of punk, folk and country, like a blend of Johnny Cash, the Clash, the Pixies and Woody Guthrie; it's like we have been influenced by Sunn O))), RTX, the Beatles and Pavement. It's like we..." and then they went on and on and on about bands.

Brakes were so fucking awesome that they were signed by Rough Trade Records, and released their debut album "Give Blood" in 2005. Rough Trade Shop voted it the Number 1 album of the year, OMM magazine gave it 5*, and Brakes went on tour for a very, very long time, supporting Belle and Sebastian, Buck 65, and Editors, as well as many, many, headline tours of their own.

In a small break from touring in early 2006, the band flew to Nashville, and recorded their second album, The Beatific Visions, with Stuart Sikes. The album was released to universal acclaim, and was voted the number 1 best record of 2006 by BBC Radio 1's Colin Murray. Brakes then went on the road again, supporting The Killers, headlining their own tours around Europe and America (where they discovered, in Salt Lake City, Utah, that not only was Beatific Visions being pronounced correctly, but that it was number 1 on the college radio chart as well. "We're fucking number 1 man, FUCKING NUMBER 1!!!" they shouted whilst doing that odd jumping chest bump thing that over excited and oxygen deprived people do.)

In November 2007, after 5 years of near constant touring, Brakes said "We are hellishly close to collapse from nervous exhaustion," and the band decided on one more bout of recording before taking a two month break. They went to a small barn in Oxfordshire, and spent a week waking up beside each other on the floor in -7C temperatures, to spend their waking hours recording new tracks. A musician called Charles Douglas, a cult songwriter who had recorded with Mo Tucker (Velvet underground) and Joey Santiago (Pixies), contacted the band and asked them to record one of his songs. They recorded the song "Ancient Mysteries" (which Brakes included on Touchdown). They finished the week with a gig at bath Moles club and then shook hands and promised themselves some time off.

Rough Trade Records had released Brakes' first two albums, but was unsure whether it could afford to release Brakes' third in the credit crunch. Brakes went on the lookout for a new home, and, like a dream come true, found one in their hometown, with the highly esteemed Brighton-based label Fat Cat. Almost instantly, Fat Cat booked them into the Glasgow super studio Chem 19, with The Delgados' Paul Savage at the helm. They recorded and mixed the album in a month, then flew to upstate New York to master it with the legend Alan Douches.

"It's our best yet," say Brakes, "we're really happy with the way it came together and the sounds that were caught in Chem 19," say Brakes, before quickly adding: "Touchdown is the fucking zenith of civilisation, it will make your jaw drop further than the Dow Jones in 2008, this album fucking shreds like an Enron paper shredder, it is A-fucking-stounding, yeah."

Only time will tell how far Brakes can change the world this time.

We Were Promised Jetpacks
Following closely in the footsteps of The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks are yet another hugely talented young scottish band added to the FatCat roster. The 4-piece came to our attention when listening to some of the friends on the Frightened Rabbit Myspace page. Though recent months has seen the band tour the UK with their aforementioned friends, the four preceding years have consisted of local gigs in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh, allowing WWPJ to find their sound and hone their live performance.

Assembled in Edinburgh as high school friends in 2003, their first ever gig saw them winning their school's battle of the bands competition. Proceeding shows were after school performances around the city of Edinburgh which were well attended and fuelled the band with a hunger and ambition. If the nascent WWPJ aural template embraced light-footed compositions ? few effects pedals, traditional song structures, clear-cut guitars - succeeding years have seen WWPJ soar aural heights and mine emotional depths in every sense: the band you will encounter now are a cacophonous tour de force: louder, wilder, avidly literate; fiercely melodic, yet eagerly restrained. Lyrics and vocal melodies come courtesy of Adam Thompson, everything else arises from the full group; Adam Thompson (Guitar/Vocals), Michael Palmer (Guitar), Sean Smith (Bass) and Darren Lackie (Drums).

Before even releasing a single, WWPJ have laid claim to some recent successes which bode well for the future of the band. A well recorded three-track demo was circulated and managed to pick up a KEXP track of the day over the pond, and plays on national stations in the UK were popping up on XFM, BBC and Q radio. Before the announcement of WWPJ signing to FatCat Records, a strong hint was sitting on the shelves across the UK in the form of inclusion on a recent FatCat sampler, mounted onto Plan B magazine.

A tour through September 2008 as main support for Frightened Rabbit garnered some great reviews for WWPJ. This being their first jaunt into England, healthy crowds arrived early on each evening due to the huge buzz in Scotland now filtering down south of the border. You could loosely pin some reference points onto WWPJ; the vocals reminiscent of Morrisy or Paul Banks (Interpol), clever guitar interplay similar to something you?d hear on a Billy Mahonie track, dynamically you could compare them to Mogwai, and generally Futureheads/Hot Club De Paris/Postcard/Fire Engine are all good markers.

With an album scheduled for May 2009, and singles around this, the forthcoming year of releases and touring is set to be a busy one for We Were Promised Jetpacks.

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