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TURIN BRAKES to tour the iconic “The Optimist” November 2011

| On 27, Jun 2011

In November Turin Brakes will be performing their Mercury music nominated, platinum selling debut album “The Optimist”.  Turin Brakes’ Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian start the tour on Nov 7th at The Cambridge Junction, play London’s Koko on 11th and finish in Sheffield on 24th.


In 2001 Turnin Brakes shimmering acoustic guitars, vocal harmonies as soft and refreshing as a gentle summer breeze – were captured perfectly on their 2001 debut album, The Optimist, featuring songs such as Underdog (Save Me) and Emergency 72.


‘We have never duplicated the sound of that first record,’ says Gale. ‘It’s an iconic album. We’ve since made records that have been just as good, but that one captured some sort of zeitgeist. On the surface it was melancholy, but underneath it was hopeful. That’s why we called it The Optimist.’


The NME called The Optimist “one of those albums” writing “here’s music for the twilight hours – feverish, contemplative, nostalgic. It resonates with the force of a thousand passionate post-club conversations in darkened, smoke-filled rooms, of intense, doomed liaisons, of youthful arrogance undercut by fear and failure.”  9 out of 10



The Optimist November Tour dates and ticket details are


Mon     7th                   Cambridge Junction

Tue      8th                   Oxford Academy 2

Wed    9th                   Bournemouth Fire Station

Fri        11th                 London Koko

Sat      12th                 Bristol Thekia

Sun     13th                 Norwich Waterfront

Wed    16th                 Nottingham Rescue Rooms

Thur    17th                 Northumbria University

Fri        18th                 Manchester Cathedral

Sun     20th                 Glasgow ABC

Mon     21st                 Edinburgh Queens Hall

Thur    24th                 Sheffield Leadmill


Tickets all priced £18.00 except London (£23) and Manchester (£19.50)


Box office details are:

Glasgow and Edinburgh: 08444 999 990 and

Sheffield: box office details; 0114 2212 828,

Cambridge: 01223 511511

Everywhere else: