Brakes - Rock Is Dodelijk
When they formed in 2003 Brakes sometimes came across as a bit of a side project. Assembled from members of The Electric Soft Parade, British Sea Power & The Tenderfoot they lacked identity in their own right, but have, in time, developed into a fantastic band that stands comfortably alone. This collection of 20 live tracks from various tour dates captures them at their hyperactive finest.
They clearly thrive in the live setting. Each song hums with a nervous energy that is often absent from their studio material. Singer Eamon Hamilton spits his cutting lyrics through gritted teeth before yelping like an ADHD kid on a skittles bender. His vocal style is refreshing in its passion, he is totally unlike anyone else. The rest of the band egg him on by playing a fast and frantic set, blistering with an urgency of toddlers desperate for the toilet.
Each track hurtles by in a twitching blur. 'Comma Comma Comma Full Stop' lasts a full four seconds. 'Pick Up The Phone' sprints to thirty seconds. 'Hi How Are You' nearly makes it over the one-minute mark, but includes more enthusiasm than some bands can muster in an entire album.
'Hey Hey' is such a good track that they have chosen to include it twice! 'Heard About Your Band' with its venomous lyrics is injected with amphetamines that transform it with from great to superb. There isn’t a wasted second on the album - prepare to be sucked in and spat out before you even know what’s hit you.
Normally a live album isn’t a great introduction to any artist, but Rock Is Dodelijk documents everything that is great about Brakes. It will satisfy their established fans and enthral those who until now have yet to be won over.