Eamon Hamilton

Eamon Hamilton is frontman of Brakes[1] and formerly played keyboards for British Sea Power.

Eamon Hamilton
Eamon live with Brakes in Liverpool, September 2004
Background information
Birth nameEamon Peter Hamilton
BornStewart, British Columbia, Canada
OriginBrighton, UK
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, guitar
LabelsRough Trade, Fat Cat, Tugboat Records
Associated actsBrakes, British Sea Power
WebsiteBrakes Official Website


Eamon Peter Hamilton is the singer and songwriter for the band Brakes, born on 20 August 1975 in Stewart, BC, Canada and raised in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK.

Hamilton moved to Brighton in 2000 and in 2002 was recruited to play keyboards for British Sea Power live. The band were reportedly impressed thatwithout warning and during a song without keyboardsEamon went off into the crowd banging a drum. Due to touring commitments with Brakes, Hamilton left British Sea Power in January 2006.

Hamilton has recorded and played live under a number of different guises. One of his main projects was Brighter Lunch, also featuring Matt Eaton, now of Actress Hands.

In August 2002, Tom and Alex White of The Electric Soft Parade saw Hamilton performing solo and offered to play guitar and drums, respectively, with him. They were joined by Marc Beatty, of Mockin' Bird Studios and The Tenderfoot, to play bass. Brakes was born. Their debut single, Pick Up the Phone, was released in 2004 on Tugboat Records and an album, Give Blood, followed in July 2005. In October 2006 they released their second album The Beatific Visions. They released their third album Touchdown in 2009.

On 1 September 2008, Hamilton married the American author Koren Zailckas in Romainville near Paris. They divorced in 2019.

Selected discography

Brighter Lunch

  • "Going My Way" – 2001, self-financed
  • "Call A Medic" – 8 October 2001 on Monkey Tennis



Singles and EPs


  1. Wilson, MacKenzie. "Biography: Breaks". AMG. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
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