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Live Review: Lonely the Brave at Cambridge Corn Exchange – 20th May 2016

 
By on Tuesday, 24th May 2016 at 3:00 pm
 

Hometown pride is a wonderful thing. It turns a standard rock show into an emotional and memorable experience that generally resides in both the band and fans’ history as a date to remember. For the case of Cambridge-based band Lonely The Brave, Friday night’s show at Cambridge Corn Exchange was their largest hometown show to date and also the album release show for ‘Things Will Matter’, their staggeringly powerful second album.

Being sure to emphasise that this is a party rather than your run-of-the-mill affair, we have not one but three support acts: The Staycations and Swedish Death Candy kick the proceedings off before Scottish four-piece Fatherson would take to the stage. The crowd started building rapidly to catch this band who are on a quick trip to the top with their heartfelt and anthemic rock sound, and they simply did not disappoint.

When it came to Lonely The Brave’s turn on stage, the atmosphere in the room changed from expectant to vivacious. With the knowledge that the evening was being filmed for potential future release, there was obviously going to be a general anticipatory factor thrown in to both the performance and set, and they more than delivered.

Singer David Jakes, who suffers from anxiety, was more confident than ever before. Consisting of majority Cantabrigians such as myself, as well as the hardest of the core fans (shoutout to the Belgian superfan who’s travelled and seen the band in multiple countries), the swell of pride that came over the crowd when the thunderous ‘Radar’ began was unmeasurable. Being one of the harder tracks from ‘Things Will Matter’, it was a tremendously strong start, with an atmosphere of utter power and control over the audience. Things definitely didn’t digress in the slightest as the set continued, with the majority of the set made up of choices that exuberated the sheer ferocity that this band can attack with. We were even treated to cuts from the redux version of their debut album ‘The Day’s War’. ‘Science’, in particular, held strong ground with its crescendo breaking to new euphoric heights.

One omission from the setlist that was surprising was single ‘Trick of the Light’, though a 50/50 balance of both albums fit the billing well, and the band can’t be said they favour one album over the other. The pride the band takes in its songs is contagious. Emotive and soaring, Jakes uses the canvas laid out by his bandmates to reveal his inner struggles both mentally and physically. The strength it takes for anyone to unveil this is admirable, let alone to a room filled with friends, family and fans.

It was the final three songs where the evening hit its peak. ‘The Day’s War’ cut ‘Black ‘Saucers’ saw the crowd whipped into a frenzy, leaving no shoe undanced. Continuing into ‘Rattlesnakes’ and finishing with fan favourite ‘The Blue, The Green’, this final triple threat proved to just cement what everyone in the room knew already. Lonely the Brave are an unstoppable force that is gaining more momentum on a daily basis, soon to be turned into a juggernaut of melodic and deep-end qualities.

Cambridge is a town known for its academia and scholars, but for the 1,500 people in the Corn Exchange this evening, Lonely the Brave are the only thing from this town that matters, and rightly so. The band continue their English tour through to Friday of this week.

 

Lonely the Brave / April and May 2016 English Tour

 
By on Monday, 25th April 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Alt-rockers Lonely the Brave will play a list of English dates around the rapidly approaching release of their new album ‘Things Will Matter’ on the 20th of May. Support for the tour will come from Swedish Death Candy, with special appearances by Fatherson and Grumble Bee. Along with the headline dates listed below, Lonely the Brave will play the Handmade Festival in Leicester on the 30th of April and the Common People Festival in Southampton on the 28th of May.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. Just below the tour date listing, you’ll find the official audio for Lonely the Brave’s new single ‘Rattlesnakes’. All our previous coverage of Lonely the Brave is right back here.

Tuesday 26th April 2016 – London Lexington
Wednesday 27th April 2016 – Bath Moles
Friday 29th April 2016 – Milton Keynes MK11
Tuesday 17th May 2016 – Leamington Spa Zephyr Lounge
Wednesday 18th May 2016 – Exeter Cavern
Friday 20th May 2016 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sunday 22nd May 2016 – Sheffield Fusion
Monday 23rd May 2016 – Norwich Open
Tuesday 24th May 2016 – Reading Sub89
Thursday 26th May 2016 – Kingston All Saints Church
Friday 27th May 2016 – Newcastle Riverside

 
 
 

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