We’ve been great fans of Turin Brakes since 2001, when we bought The Optimist on CD. I think it remains one of the best albums of the noughties. It was great to have the opportunity to see them perform live at an extraordinary venue, The Convent in South Woodchester. Toy Tin Soldier, from Glasgow, provided great support as 200 people crammed into the 18th century chapel. Later, the Brakes played tracks from their new album, Lost Property, tracks from The Optimist and tracks from every album in between.
Their later material is less focused on the clean acoustic brilliance and powerful vocal harmonies of The Optimist but, the variety of styles throughout the evening worked really well. Still, the highlights for us were our favourite early Brakes’ tracks: Mind Over Money, Feeling Oblivion and The Underdog. The audience demanded and were given two encores. A fantastic performance in a mystical setting.