Brakes (known as ‘Brakesbrakesbrakes’ on their US releases) were formed when Tom White (guitar) and Alex White (drums) of The Electric Soft Parade saw Eamon Hamilton (vocals, guitar) then of British Sea Power perform a solo gig supporting The Lonesome Organist in Brighton. Marc Beatty (bass) of Mockin’ Bird Studios and The Tenderfoot (and who also worked with British Sea Power, when recording their debut album) was also soon recruited, and the band set about recording their debut single, “Pick Up the Phone”, which was released on Tugboat Records in 2004.

In early 2005 the band recorded their debut album, Give Blood, for Rough Trade Records. The album was released in July of the same year. The continued success of the band has lead to Eamon quitting his role as keyboardist for British Sea Power. What began as a side project has become a serious proposition.

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