The ambitious indie rock foursome Brakes features Eamon Hamilton (vocals/guitar), Tom White (guitar), Marc Beatty (bass), and Alex White (drums). During a drunken evening in 2002 after opening for the Lonesome Organist in Brighton, England, Hamilton formed Brakes. Hamilton (no relation to Yan's brother of the same name) was playing with British Sea Power at the time, while Beatty maintained bass duties with the Tenderfoot. The brothers White, also members of Electric Soft Parade, were added to the lineup just in time for Brakes to begin recording at Beatty's own Mokinbird Studios. A deal with Rough Trade followed in January 2005 thanks to Brakes' constant touring and the popularity surrounding the band's "Pick Up the Phone" video. Give Blood followed in September.