How would you describe your music?
Our music is unique, but we would say that! Put simply, our music is energised heavy rock that’s full of attention-grabbing catchy rock riffs, electrifying hard rock guitar solos that are complimented by badass spoken word performances and powerful lyrics. In a sentence, we would describe our sound as: dirty, mischievous and fearless.
But we always love to hear how other people interpret our sound, so if you give it a listen, let us know what you think on Instagram @brakelooseofficial!
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Our story began a few years ago, when Alex and Jack emigrated from Venezuela. They met 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 and jamming became a weekend routine.
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, shortly followed by Alessandro Siqueira our ex-drummer. We are yet to announce our new drummer.
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.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
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, Black Sabbath, Guns & Roses and Motley Crue. In terms of musical heroes, our frontman, 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 Lommi and Jimmy Hendrix. Our bassist Dougie’s heroes include: Roger Waters and David Gilmour.
What inspires you?
As a band, Brake Loose is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of where we all are from. And, while nationalities define our place of birth, we view ourselves as citizens of the world – individuals, who have loved, lived and experienced a lot of different cultures, countries and continents before settling and forming our band in Dublin, Ireland. As citizens of the world, we each bring different tastes, ideas, experiences, emotions and stories with us. So, each of our individual journeys inspire the band – our sound, lyrics and performances. If we describe personal tastes, Alex digs poetry, from Rimbaud to Ginsberg, that is what inspires our lyrics. Rob is really into guitar sounds and all sorts of dirty riffs that make him smile. Juan is too but more into structuring songs, same as Dougie.
Dublin also inspires us daily. The rich musical and literary history is palpable on every corner of every street, and the city is full of music venues, pubs and recording and rehearsal studios. There are also endless amounts of gigs, jam sessions and busking happening every day. It’s a very exciting, forward thinking, music-focused and inspiring city to be in.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
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 definitely 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. Usually Rob, Juan or Alex come with an idea and we develop it in the studio. This is where a lot of our melodies and riffs come to life too.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Our first single, Midnight Train, is our current favourite song to perform live – it really gets the crowd energised, excited and fuelled for the rest of the gig with its catchy lyrics and Rob’s killer guitar solo… but, we also really enjoy performing Through The West which we will be releasing very soon. This song is quite different from Midnight Train and it has an enthralling and mysterious sound that always captivates the crowd. There’s a deeper message within Through The West – it’s a song about facing your deepest fears and exposing yourself to them and through that, finding your freedom. We love to experience the crowd holding onto the words and conquering their fears even just for a split second during our gig. It’s always quite a special moment to share.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
There are so many tours and festivals we would love to play. The ultimate two or three for us would be either Rock Im Park, Lollapalooza or Rock Werchter. That would really be a – Fuck!! We’ve made it! – moment for us. We really believe in visualisation, so we do see ourselves working up to Rock Werchter. However, for now, we are focused on working hard, getting our hands dirty and making our own luck. The harder you work, the luckier you get, so we hope to be playing Knockanstockan, Vantastival, Sea Sessions, as well as some other known Irish festivals and hopefully hit Wacken in 2020!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s a very interesting time for the music industry, especially for up-and-coming bands and artists. The whole landscape of the industry has changed and it’s relatively easy for everyone to join in and promote their music to a wide audience, instantly. However, with that comes over-saturation and breaking through the sea of noise to get noticed can be hard. So, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword. But, it is a very exciting time and there’s an incredible atmosphere of community being built around music, helped by social media. We are still getting used to the thought that our music can be played anywhere in the world at the tap of a screen or click of a button. And, for an unsigned band to have that sort of exposure it is insane!
We weren’t under any illusion that it was ever going to be easy to break into this industry. And, there’s a thrill to be had in the challenge. There’s a lot of hard work and graft required and we have really become aware of this with our first release. It’s not just about gigging and playing live, hoping that you will be spotted and signed. Now, it is about becoming your own distributor and building up your community, your tribe online and connecting with them personally – giving them more than just your music.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We’ve a lot of stories to tell – good, bad, weird and funny. Drop by one of our gigs, grab a pint, pull up a chair and we will be glad to share some with you!
What are your future plans?
As a band, we have a list of goals that we want to fulfil. So, we definitely have a lot of big plans, dreams and ideas to keep us excited and inspired as we head into the future. We hit a big milestone with our first release and our next step will be bringing our music further afield (UK, Germany and Europe) and playing it live to more people, to bigger crowds. That’s why one of our main goals that we are working on is playing some festivals – as we really get our biggest thrill performing live and feeding off the crowd’s energy. We will also continue to write and release more of our music into 2020 and beyond and continue to blur the line between what is real life and what is art.