After catching Eamon Hamilton’s solo acoustic set in a Brighton bar on a tipsy evening in 2002, brothers Tom and Alex White teamed up with the singer/guitarist, and Brakes was formed. Bassist Marc Beatty joined the trio soon after, completing the line-up.

In 2004, Tugboat, a subsidiary of Rough Trade Records, offered to release the band’s debut single, ‘Pick Up The Phone’, and Brakes paid a visit to Beatty’s own Mockin’ Bird Studios in Brighton, to lay down three tracks. An accompanying video shot by a friend was shown on MTV, and a lengthy tour of the UK followed. A year later, the band headed back into the studio to record their first album, ‘Give Blood’, for Rough Trade. Produced at Metropolis Studios by Iain Gore, the album was recorded live to two-inch tape without the aid of any advanced technology. Recorded and mixed in one week, and with 13 of the 16 backing tracks completed in one day, the record was a 29 minute introduction to the band’s high energy, vibrant and diverse sound, and featured guest vocals from The Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss and numerous reworked cover versions. Once again, Brakes returned to the road and toured the UK and Europe, including a 13 date tour with Belle and Sebastian and support slot(s) with Editors, while the album received widespread critical acclaim and featured in many a ‘Best of the Year’ list.





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