Release Date: Oct 1, 2013
Record label: Relativity
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Turin Brakes' sixth studio album, 2013's We Were Here, features more of the folky British duo's melodic, heartfelt music. As with Turin Brakes' previous efforts, We Were Here showcases the songwriting talents of guitarist/vocalist Olly Knights and guitarist/vocalist Gale Paridjanian. The album comes almost three years after the band's previous effort, 2010's Outbursts.
Since joining forces some 14 years ago, folk rock duo and childhood friends Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, otherwise known as Turin Brakes, have sold over one million records internationally. The London pair also had a UK Top 5 song with the catchy Painkiller (Summer Rain) and have so far released five well received studio albums. Following such a long and prosperous career, it was only fitting that the band celebrated the tenth anniversary of their debut album, 2001’s The Optimist LP, by touring it in its entirety in 2011.
When Turin Brakes’ eighth album We Were Here first crept its way into my earphones I was enchanted by two things: the guitar work and the unconventional voice of the lead singer. That voice sounds like it belongs to a veteran female country music singer who has ripped out the best of Janis Joplin in her day before settling into the comfortable folk rock groove that Turin Brakes cultivates so well. Of course, Turin Brakes fans will easily point out that the voice doesn’t belong to a veteran female country singer… or any female at all, but to a guy named Olly Knights who serves as on half of the core of the band, along with fellow acoustic guitarist Gale Paridjanian.