For Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian it was always going to be about the music. Olly: "We went on a school trip and everyone had to do a play. We cut out two cardboard guitars and drew strings on them and sang Johnny B Good." Over the years the two wrote and played music both separately and together. Whilst at film school Olly asked Gale to collaborate on a score for his student film and before long the two were making music again, on a digital four track originally intended for mixing film soundtracks. Olly: "After graduating I felt a little lost and began writing songs on a guitar. These songs felt very close to my filmic ideas and as they developed they seemed more successful in communicating these feelings than film had, perhaps because they were more immediate and less intellectual." Olly and Gale decided after a trip to New York to take these "skeletal songs" and continue developing the atmospheric music from their film score time by combining the two forms. "I guess it was around this moment that Turin Brakes was born although we had no name. Gale was developing a really cool mixture of slide, rhythm and lead guitar which slipped into these songs perfectly; it gave them a very distinct atmosphere." Together they restructured and rewrote a whole batch of material until it was time to start playing live. Gale: "We were only making this music for ourselves and our friends, so when Anvil Records turned up and wanted to release an EP we were totally blown away." They needed a name to release under and after much discussion Turin Brakes was settled on. Gale: "We thought up many terrible names but this one stuck. We liked its openness. It felt like we could move anywhere under this name." 'The Door EP' was released in summer '99. Turin Brakes began performing live at venues like the 12 Bar and the Social. "We have been big fans of Chris Whitley¹s music for years and his one man live shows were an inspiration. He performed with such primal power he could stun an audience into silence, and we loved the idea of doing that." Amongst many sell out gigs last year Turin Brakes made festival appearances at Dublin's Witnness, T In The Park, Glasgow On The Green and of course V2001.