Bands to Watch #301: Lonely the Brave

By on Thursday, 29th May 2014 at 1:00 pm

Despite the knockback of the band’s debut album ‘The Day’s War’ being pushed to a release date of the 1st of September when it was scheduled to hit the ears of the public 3 months earlier, Lonely the Brave are still riding on a high.

They’ve already – in their relative infancy – torn Donnington Park a new one at Download 2013 and they’ve announced their intentions to repeat said ripping of a new one at this year’s heavy metal bash. Pile on top of that their worthy addition to the Radio 1 playlist and spots on Music Journalist of the Year Zane Lowe’s programme and in the space of about a year, Lonely the Brave have built quite a fan club of the back of their rabble rousing take on alternative rock/pop.


New single ‘Victory Line’ is as fine a slab of air grabbing melodic rock – set to boot with a huge riff and a perfect example of what in a short space of time the Cambridge four-piece have set their stall on. No frills, no bollocks, rock.

The band consist of David Jakes at the helm, Gavin Edgeley providing the engine room on the drums, Mark Trotter riffing away and Andrew Bushen setting the pace on the bass and as an outfit, they’re tighter than a pair of Parisian hipsters jeans. Probably because they’ve been together for around 5 years now, taking their time, gigging around and building a substantial underground following before surfacing, submarine style, into the public consciousness armed with hooks aplenty and capturing the public’s imagination and emotions with their heartfelt stirring tunes.

Now they’re in the public’s consciousness, the expectation is now for them to stay there. In their youth (as a band), they seem to know that sticking to the roots which have gotten them noticed and honing their stadium ‘grab that air’ rock sound is key to building a fan base which is already developing. A brand spanking new deal with Columbia Records is testament that talent has been spotted by the big boys and with big tunes like ‘Victory Line’ in their arsenal, it’s obvious ‘The Day’s War’ will be the start of something very exciting. Watch this space.

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