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Turin Brakes Play an Intimate Show at Mercury Lounge on Monday

March 7th, 2014

Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian teamed up to form the melodic-folk duo Turin Brakes in London 15 years ago. Their debut full-length, The Optimist LP (stream it below), came out in 2001. In a rave review, NME opined: “Here’s music for the twilight hours—feverish, contemplative, nostalgic. It resonates with the force of a thousand passionate post-club conversations in darkened, smoke-filled rooms, of intense, doomed liaisons, of youthful arrogance undercut by fear and failure.” Since then, the two—who play live with Rob Allum and Eddy Myer—have achieved a fair amount of success thanks to their live shows and their recorded material. Last year, Turin Brakes (above, performing “Part of the World” for the Hospital Club Sessions) released their sixth studio album (which was recorded live), We Were Here (stream it below), which AllMusic noted for its “sophisticated, often epic and deeply emotional ’60s and ’70s folk-influenced pop music.” See them in an intimate setting when they play Mercury Lounge on Monday night.