My Optimist Story or How Turin Brakes Made Me Cool

A more than suitable addition to the guest blog “Why I Love” series. Turin Brakes by @call_me_cynical #MusicIsEverything

Sounds Familiar

This piece should probably begin by saying something along the lines of “The debut album by Turin Brakes and the one that started my love affair with their music”.  It should start like that, but it doesn’t.  As much as I am a massive fan of the band, I cannot actually say for certain how my story with them begins.  I do know it wasn’t with The Optimist LP though.  I think that came later.

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Back in 2001 when the album was released I was heavily involved with The Bluetones amongst others, although I would have always been looking for the next thing to spark my interest.  I must’ve heard some Brakes songs that year though as I remember going to see David Gray at Earls Court in late 2002 and they were the support act.  I recognised the songs and totally loved it so they had definitely made it…

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