The Electric Soft Parade
Brakes Brakes Brakes
Jun 15 2007
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with thanks to Maxwells and Sam Smith.
|'The Freewheelin' Tour'
|Back in 2005, when I first shot Brakes for PUNKCAST#854 I learnt that the drummer and guitarist - the White brothers - were also in The Electric Soft Parade. While unfamiliar with that band what I did notice was the reverence with which cognoscenti mentioned the name. They were obviously something special, and it gave immense kudos to Brakes that such illustrious musicians should forsake their own project to partake. After waiting over a year and a half to see what the fuss was about, I was finally rewarded when 'The Freewheelin' Tour' rolled into Maxwells in Hoboken. This trek, in which the bands covered 7000+ miles playing 16 dates in 17 days, comprised of Brakes - now known for USA purposes as BrakesBrakesBrakes - headlining, Brooklyn up-and-comers Pela - who's label Worlds Fair organized the outing - 2nd on the bill, and The Electric Soft Parade - who have a new record "No Need To Be Downhearted' out on the LA label Better Looking Records - in the opening spot. One can be sure that by the time they reached Maxwells they were all well locked in. I discovered that ESP have their own moonlighting pop star in the form of drummer Mathew Priest, from the very popular 90's UK band Dodgy. It's hard to express just how good ESP are - fortunately I don't have to as the clips below will amply illustrate. Think the Beatles meet Radiohead with Floydian overtones. I give you 3 songs: the jaunty 'Cold World'; 'Have You Ever Felt Like It's Too Late?' which is from the new album; and the epic 'Everybody Wants'. Pela are four young Brooklyn Joes who put heart and passion into their music, which is mostly upbeat with dense lyrics. The songs here are 'Tenement Teeth', 'Cut Your Names' - which funnily enough employs the same riff that Brakes made their own on their cover of CVB's 'They Shut Us Down' and Pela lend some Eamon-like vocal mannerisms to, and the optimistic 'Your Desert's Not A Desert At All'. Apparently Pela's drummer is originally a Jersey boy and loud local contingent turned out to cheer him along. Brakes Brakes Brakes mix it up a lot in their sets. There are songs that last a matter of seconds. There are political savagings. There are wistful love songs. There are cracking covers. It would be very easy to select the latter, but I liked the songs off the new album. The title track 'Beatific Visions' evokes the ecstasy of fresh love, 'On Your Side' is a country stomper about communication, and finally the crowd pleaser, featuring novel headwear, "Porcupine Or Pineapple" is about the ephemerality of disputes.
|Clicking on the images will take you to the clips on YouTube. The h.264's are iPod ready. There are seperate DVD's on each band..
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