The Brighton, U.K. rockers known as brakesbrakesbrakes have found themselves a larger-than-life sound that powers its way through the airwaves of tiny bedrooms and raucous clubs alike. Now, the band is letting its grandiose sound be heard the way it was always meant to with its first live album.

Following April’s release of Touchdown, Rock Is Dodelijk (translated from Dutch: Rock Is Dead) will mark the band’s second release of 2009, after April’s Touchdown. Recorded at an August 2008 hometown gig and this past May in Cologne, Germany, the album represents a unique spin on the live concept. The first half was done on each venue’s in-house multi-track system, which allows for mixing to be done afterward. The second half will be a bit rawer, as it was recorded in the midst of the crowd.

A tracklist has not been released yet, but expect cuts like “Hey Hey”, “Don’t Take Me To Space (Man)”, and “Why Tell The Truth (When It’s Easier To Lie)?”.


On top of the album, the band (which is simply known as Brakes outside of the U.S.; thank The Brakes) will be touring the states for the first time in over two years. The month of October will be broken up into east two outings. Beginning October 1st through the 12th, the band will play with the Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacks in much of the eastern part of the country. Then, from October 13th through the 22nd, the band co-headlines with Ezra Furman & the Harpoons out west.

The live album is out October 6th on FatCat Records. They’ll also be releasing a double A-side single of “Why Tell The Truth (When It’s Easier To Lie?”/”Worry About It Later” on November 9th. Catch the band if you can, and enjoy the video for “Don’t Take Me To Space (Man)” below.

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brakesbrakesbrakes 2009 Tour Dates:
09/13 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
10/01 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
10/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star
10/05 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
10/06 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/07 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
10/09 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
10/10 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
10/11 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
10/12 – Chicago, IL  @ Empty Bottle
10/13 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
10/15 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
10/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10/18 – Seattle, WA @ High Dive
10/19 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
10/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
10/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland