|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||indie acoustic alternative seen live rock indie rock british folk britpop|
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This UK indie pop duo, comprising guitarist/vocalist Ollie Knights and multi-instrumentalist Gale Paridjanian, grew up as friends in Balham, south London. Both were members of their local church choir, and in 1989 they sang in front of the Queen at the memorial service for the Marchioness riverboat tragedy. Ten years later they were making music together as Turin Brakes. The four-track The Door EP was released in August 1999 on the tiny Brighton independent, Anvil, and led to a recording contract with the UK branch of hip French label, Source Records. Two further EPs preceded the release of The Optimist LP in March 2001. The duos semi-acoustic sensibility drew comparisons to bands associated with the US alt country scene and the UKs new acoustic movement. Paridjanians dexterous guitar work and Knights soulful vocals added a unique spin to their intricately textured, folk-inflected songs. The album was nominated for a Mercury...