THE BRAKES Sign With HYENA Records
Debut Full Length Album TALE OF TWO CITIES
Recorded Live In New York City & Philadelphia Due In May 2008
Stream Advance Tracks Here / Download A Free MP3 Of "Into The Ground" Here
The Brakes, a Philadelphia-based band of twenty-somethings intent on staking a claim to the rich lineage of American rock and roll music, have signed with HYENA Records. They'll release their debut full-length album, Tale Of Two Cities, on May 6. The 12-track collection was recorded live during a dual city residency in the spring of 2007. The band headed up the New Jersey Turnpike every Tuesday to set up shop at The Knitting Factory in New York City, while getting cozy with hometown fans every Thursday at MilkBoy in Philadelphia. Each show was recorded and the best performances from both cities were assembled, including stand-outs versions of "Into The Ground," "Danger Blues," "Song Of Imponderables" and "Empty House."
Tale Of Two Cities finds The Brakes at an idyllic time in their evolution, transitioning between an intimate neighborhood listening room and a legendary big city rock club. But more importantly, it captures a young rock band coming of age, clearly electrified by the music they're making. The Brakes seamlessly intertwine infectious indie-pop circa Ram-era Paul McCartney, crunchy California rock in the spirit of The James Gang and starry-eyed British psychedelia akin to Traffic. The resulting breadth of vision belies a band whose oldest member is 23-years old.
Additionally, The Brakes have announced four dates opening for Jackie Greene. More shows will be announced shortly. The dates are:
04/29/08 Tue Highline Ballroom New York, NY
04/30/08 Wed Downstairs Live @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA
05/01/08 Thu Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
05/02/08 Fri Recher Theatre Towson, MD