Dublin newcomers Brake Loose offer up a dirty, mischievous rock’n’roll sound that’s packed with energy and features a unique blend of spoken word vocals. They’re also the epitome of the term international band, with their one Irishman joined by two Venezuelans, a Lithuanian and a Brazilian.
The band released debut single Midnight Train a couple of months ago, which gives us plenty to get excited about. It opens up with a chugging riff that continues under a big guitar solo then drops into a lively opening verse of their trademark almost spoken vocals. Edgy vocals “Downtown in the midnight train, We’re gonna get laid again, Downtown in the midnight train, Smoking cigarettes” take over, then the chugging riff returns under cry of “Yeah yeah come on, Get crazy, Midnight train motherfucker.”
It soon drops into a low laid-back riff that continues under drawn-out vocals, before diving into an awesome bigger guitar solo. We’re loving the sound of this debut single and you can give it a listen below:
We had a chat with the band to find out more about them and get the lowdown on their interesting background. Give the interview a read below…
GR: Who are Brake Loose?
BL: “Our story begins a few years ago, when Alex and Jack emigrated from Venezuela. Both met back in Caracas in 2010 through a mutual friend that Alex raced motocross with. Jack was playing in various underground bands at the time. And, coincidentally, eight years later they both found themselves in Dublin. Alex started jamming some blues in Jack’s house near East Wall for a few months in early 2018. Jamming became a weekend routine and then that led them on a journey to starting a band.
“Later that year, Alex met Rob in Fibber Magees, a well-known Rock & Roll bar in Dublin. At that point, two became three and with their mutual deep-rooted love of heavy rock, they formed the band. The next few months were filled with rehearsing, jamming, writing, playing some covers and looking for a bassist and drummer. In September, Dougie joined the band as bassist, now ex-bassist, shortly followed by Alessandro Siqueira our ex-drummer. Adrian Puppo is our brand-new killer drummer from Brazil as well as Val Entas experienced bass player from Lithuania.
“We played our first gig in SinÉ, a live music venue on the quays of the river Liffey in late November, followed by Fibber Magees last December supporting The Jailbirds. From that point it’s been an electrifying, crazy, mad and beautiful few months for us with back-to-back gigs all over Dublin, supporting ASLAN and the pinnacle for us so far – our first release this August Midnight Train.
GR: Speaking of which, you just released that debut single. How does it feel to have your first music out there? What should people be expecting from the song?
BL: “It feels great and brings a lot of enthusiasm to the band, especially for what’s coming up in 2020. We didn’t expect such a great response and it has not yet been a month since we release Midnight Train. Music is quite subjective but, we are forward with what we want, so if people should expect something from the song will be pure Rock&Roll energetic madness.
“Life, a friendship that exists within a band, indulgence of things like alcohol, sex, music and raucous disorderly fun is what inspired us to write this song. Just got to see us play it live.”
GR: How would you describe the Brake Loose sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
BL: “Our music is unique, but we would say that! Put simply, our music is energised heavy rock that’s full of attention-grabbing catchy badass riffs, electrifying guitar solos that are complemented by passionate spoken word performances and powerful lyrics. In a sentence, we would describe our sound, our music as dirty, mischievous and fearless. But we always love to hear how people interpret our sound, so, if you give it a listen, let us know on Instagram what you think!”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
BL: “A lot of our earlier lyrics were written by our frontman, Alex, on an acid-fuelled trip with friends to Mérida, Venezuela, which lies at the foot of the Andes Mountains. This proved to be a very productive time as Alex’s creative juices were flowing but, more importantly, this experience and the poetry he wrote during this time led us to our distinct style of adding spoken word into our music. In more recent times, we’ve written a lot of our music while jamming and rehearsing in the studio.
“We think, especially in a band, that everyone brings their own taste for things. So, we say it’s a compilation of each members individual experiences, emotions, stories. But essentially our biggest influence is life, as our message is awareness. When we say awareness, we mean awareness of life’s preciousness and its intensity. We say intensity since we are a heavy rock band.
“So, we encourage others through our message to live a life without fear, with no fear. Live a life knowing that there is no tomorrow, that what really matters is today (to act today). A life of uncertainty, of excitement, of embracing life’s thin red line, its roughness, madness and fragility. Basically, a life of self-discovery through rock.
“Through our spoken word and poetry, we encourage others to avoid being content with living a quiet, well mannered, orderly life when so many injustices are going on. To get more involved with our reality and merge ourselves in self-expression, so we can avoid being sleepwalking individuals.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
BL: “There are five of us in the band and each of us has different music tastes and influences to bring to the table. However, we all have an affinity to heavy rock, so while the differences in our individual tastes inspire us as a band, we are connected by our love of AC/DC, The Doors, Guns & Roses, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, The Black Keys, Mastodon.
“In terms of musical heroes, Alex, credits Jim Morrison, Mike Patton & Vile Valo for enlivening his desire to leave pro-motocross and front a band. While our lead guitarist, Rob, has always revered Angus Young and Slash and our rhythm guitarist, Jack, respects and looks up to Tony Iommi and Jimmi Hendrix.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
BL: “Before the year is out, we will be playing a few more gigs in Dublin and one in Galway. Dublin we’ll be in Fibber Magees, Lost Lane and hopefully Whelan’s. Galway will be Roisin. We will announce the dates on our socials. Oh, and don’t miss New Year’s Eve in Fibbers, when we will be playing with other big rock/metal acts. It will be savage!
We have our second single Through the West coming out soon, which is a song about facing your deepest fears. And, we have a very tasty Rammstein-like song due to its main guitar riff with spoken word that talks about Dublin called Dublin Games that we will be releasing soon if not by early 2020.