I am so, so excited that Turin Brakes will be gracing the stage at Victorious Festival this year! I heard the announcement and after seeing them many times at various local venues was even more eager to grab tickets!
The English band, comprising of original duo Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, and long term collaborators Rob Allum and Eddie Myer is a total fav band of mine and I must play ‘Emergency 72’ on a daily basis! Lush memories of late summers with this song only make me grin when I see it performed live with its twangy guitar. I adore it! The way their music has evolved since ‘The Optimist’, the album that definitely characterised their quirky sound back in 2001 has always left me wondering what will come next. The dynamics and electric slides and those bendy string enhanced climaxes are just ace!
After checking them out at various venues over the years, with top gig favourites being at spots like the local gem that is the Wedgewood Rooms, I am drawn to tracks like ‘Painkiller’ and ‘Fishing for a dream’.The guys are a fearsome live act and hold a crowd with their raw onstage presence. The complexity of their acoustics is dreamy and keeps you totally tuned in.
The thing I really love about these guys is the fun they so obviously have on stage, giggling at each other and smiling. I like the way they interact with the crowd and have little chats about things that have been going on recently. The mix of old tracks and the new that inevitably get played at gigs keeps that element of excitement, familiarity and curiosity going and the way the atmosphere in the venue changes with each song is quite impressive. They totally lead the room and have fans embracing and engaging with their songs in exactly the way they want them too and it’s quite magic.
‘It’s the quiet ones you’ve got to watch’, sings Olly Knights and he couldn’t be more right! A confident band that I have followed since their debut album release over 15 years ago. Super excited to have them at glorious Victorious. I hope they play ‘Feeling Oblivion’. Role on August!