One of our favourite and most consistently great bands through the nearly four year existence of STN, Brighton country-punk supergroup of sorts Brakes are currently warming up for their third album, Touchdown, released on 20th April through new label FatCat (Frightened Rabbit, Twilight Sad, Múm). Ahead of its first single singer/guitarist Eamon Hamilton shared his thoughts:
First single bought: The Ghostbusters theme tune by Ray Parker Junior
First album bought: Never Mind The Bollocks by Sex Pistols
First gig voluntarily attended: Pixies at Gloucester Leisure Centre, on their Doolittle tour
The record that most made you want to get into music: Its a flip between Psychocandy by Jesus and Mary Chain and 20 Classic Cuts by Little Richard (ACE Records)
The three headliners at a festival you were curating: Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Louis CK, Creedence Clearwater Revival
A song not enough people know about but everyone should hear: Seeds Of The Pine by Martha Scanlan
A song you'd play to get people dancing: Mickey's Monkey by The Miracles
The last great thing you heard: Underwater Moonlight by The Soft Boys
Your key non-musical influences: Stroud, Brighton, Brooklyn. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee. My wife Koren Zailckas. Old Town Bar in New York, the Hand In Hand pub in Brighton and the Red Lion pub in Chalford, near Stroud. Backgammon. digg.com, drudgereport.com, huffingtonpost.com. GTA 1-4.
Your favourite new artist: Taylor Swift
The band begin a tour on Wednesday calling at London, Guildford, Manchester, Cardiff, Exeter, Sheffield and Cambridge. See their website for further details and wonder if they still see fit to do Cheney. New single Hey Hey is released 16th February; it sounds like this.