Album reviews: Brakes – ‘Rock Is Dodelijk’

Brighton quirk-punkers caught in their natural habitat

You can understand [a]Brakes[/a]’ decision to release a live album, since their brief history has been

a tale of patchy albums and ace shows. Recorded at Brighton’s Concorde 2 and Cologne’s Luxor, this has 20 tracks of their unique brand of short, sharp oddball-punk, plus what sounds like six people clapping in-between. [b]‘Pick Up The Phone’[/b] and [b]‘Hi How Are You’[/b] are amusing bursts of irritation, but [b]‘I Can’t Stand To Stand Beside You’[/b] and [b]‘What’s In It For Me’[/b] stand out, lost classics that could have snuck on to [a]The Who[/a]’s [b]‘Live At Leeds’[/b] (well, almost). For a true approximation of the Brakes live experience listen to this while staring at an egg in a tank top (an uncanny resemblance of frontman Eamon).

[b]Martin Robinson[/b]

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