May 9, 2014 reviews... The Rails @ The Great Escape
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. reviews... The Rails @ The Great Escape is down on the South Coast as the festival season kicks off with Brighton's new band nirvana The Great Escape. This time we're reviewing fast rising folk pair The Rails...



The Rails, the folk duo who have just released their debut record Fair Warning.



The Dome Studio @ The Great Escape.


Was it full? And how were the crowd?

It was about half full, but those who were there were treated to something special and stayed in rapturous quiet throughout the set.


So what was the set like?

Brisk and sparky, with the songs from the duo’s album debut record coming across superbly. Their mixture of classic Nick Drake esque folk with some lush, Bon Iver style harmonies transferred to the stage incredibly well, especially tracks like ‘Bonnie Portmore' and 'Breakneck Speed'. 


Any good between song banter?

Not really, a few ‘thank yous’ and some encouragement to buy their album, but then they play understated soulful folk, no room for shouting at people..


Did they put on much of a show?

They brought a five piece band out with them, which really brought the songs to life and gave their quiet gentle folk some real vim and vigour.


What was the highlight of the set?

The whole set came across beautifully, but recent single ‘Bonnie Portmore’ got by far the best reaction from the crowd.


Where can I catch them next?

They’ve got gigs and festivals right throughout the summer months. Check here for the full list of shows. will be at The Great Escape across the weekend of May 8th - 10th, bringing you interviews and reviews. 

The Rails' debut album Fair Warning is out now in hmv stores and in our digital store. You can preview it by clicking on the icon on the right hand side of the page. 

Fair Warning
Fair Warning The Rails
The Rails - Bonnie Portmore

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