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Three years on from their last studio album, We Were Here, Turin Brakes are back with Lost Property and a new fan – former Baywatch and Knight Rider star, David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff, who the band met while performing live on Channel 4's Sunday.
“He was so cool, genuinely a lovely guy,” says Olly Knights of their recent meeting. “He kept asking us questions about what was going on in between the adverts like an eccentric and glamorous uncle from some place exotic.”
Released at the end of January 2016, Lost Property has been heralded by critics as one of the Brakes’ best releases, racking up a string of 4-star and 9-out-of-10 reviews.
But when it comes to reading those write-ups, Olly prefers to take a sensible approach.
“We are very holistic when it comes to reading reviews, we try not to get too caught up in the good or the bad, just maybe take a general average and deal with that,” he says. “Luckily most have been pretty great so that's really nice, I won't lie.
“In all honesty though it never quite feels like they're talking about our band, not the way we know it, just a kind of surface reflection, but you have to accept that that's how the world works.”
The album title comes from the song of the same name.
“I was thinking about old love, and the fact that someday that love comes to an end, at least in a physical realm,” say Olly of Lost Property. “It's a song about longing and defiance, ‘I will wait’ the characters say to each other.
“Then later the theme of loss seemed to permeate the rest of the record so the title seemed apt for the whole project.”
Started by childhood friends Olly and Gale Paridjanian at the tail end of the ‘90s, the band quickly hit their stride with debut album, 2001’s The Optimist LP, which was also nominated for the Mercury Prize (alongside releases by Elbow, Radiohead, Goldfrapp, and winner PJ Harvey).
In the years that have followed, the Brakes have cemented their reputation as a live act, the close harmonies and distinctive vocals of their releases easily transferring to the stage. Lost Property doesn’t break the mould, retaining the strong acoustic guitar/ West Coast sound that established them a decade-and-a-half ago, yet also has a freshness, warmth and confidence that belies their age.
When asked why he thinks the band have demonstrated staying power when so many of their turn of the millennium peers have slipped away, Olly reckons the answer is simple. “Being honest and good,” he says with a laugh.
By David Vincent
Turin Brakes play The Glee Club, Birmingham on Tuesday 8 March.
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