Interview: Olly Knights Of Turin Brakes

For this weeks interview, I talk to the wonderful Olly Knights of the indie/folk rock band Turin Brakes. The band emerged at the turn of the millennium, releasing their debut album, The Optimist, which gained critical acclaim and a nomination for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. The Optimist LP has a special place in my heart. This album is basically sitting on my sound system ready to be played every day, my favourite tracks being ‘Underdog (Save Me)’ and ‘The Road’.
They have gone on to have more success and play many shows. The band are embarking on a tour this October, going to Liverpool, Reading and Southampton, as well as a few festival dates this summer, including Lakefest in Herefordshire and Victorious Festival in Portsmouth.

Which date are you most excited to play on your tour this year?

 The last one hahaha, just kidding, all of em’.

What was your favourite band when you were growing up?

 During the first ten years, The Beatles, Madness, Stevie Wonder, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, Kate Bush and most of the Motown catalogue. During the second ten years – Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Rage Against The Machine, The Chilli Peppers, Fugazi and everything in-between.

Olly, you went to film school. What are some of your favourite films?

Everything Andrei Tarkovsky ever made, religious experiences more than films. I also loved 90’s American indie films like Slacker, All the Vermeer’s in New York, Stranger than Paradise, Down By Law and loads more.

What can we expect from your set on this tour? Will it be mostly older stuff or heavy on the new?

Hmm… Well, as much as we want to play new stuff, we’ve kinda gotta do the right thing and wait for the album to be available for that. So it will mostly be a selection of greatest hits and recent live favourites.

Arcade Fire, The National or neither?

I saw them both in Hyde park a few years back, gotta say Arcade Fire put on the best show by miles, I loved it when they went a bit disco.

After the tour this year, what’s next for Turin Brakes?

A brand new album and hopefully a few tours around it if it goes ok, it will be our 8th studio album! I had always said we’d be a ten albums band but I don’t think I ever really believed it, it’s getting closer….

Thanks to Olly for talking to me, and make sure to catch them on their tour, whether you are at a festival or grab a ticket to a gig in your hometown. The tour dates are listed here:
FRI 18 AUG – DEVON Beautiful Days
FRI 25 AUG – DORSET Purbeck Valley Folk Festival
SUN 27 AUG – PORTSMOUTH Victorious Festival
FRI 13 OCT – MALVERN Malvern Cube
SAT 14 OCT – BRIDPORT Electric Palace
FRI 20 OCT –  READING Sub 89
FRI 27 OCT –  GLOUCESTER Gloucester Guildhall


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Thank you for reading this post, the posts will be more frequent now as I am off for summer. My CD Collection will come next week, along with other bits.

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