Release Date: Sep 1, 2014
Record label: Hassle
Cambridge rockers Lonely The Brave have taken their time – four years to be precise – with this debut album. In an age when some bands sacrifice quality for a quick back, it’s a courageous move. The five-piece have used the time since they formed to make the record they wanted. Care and precision are present throughout ‘The Day’s War’, whether in the insistent, neurotic drive of ‘Trick Of The Light’, or the breathless uplift of ‘Victory Line’.
Emerging from the dewy-eyed haze found between the shimmering guitars of shoegaze and the winsome bluster of post-hardcore, Lonely the Brave sound very much like a band with both integrity and success high on the agenda. Much like their most obvious forebears Biffy Clyro, this Cambridge quartet specialise in anthems designed to fill arenas, but with a very pointed caveat that what they do remains several proud steps away from well-worn mainstream rock tropes. At their best, they nail this tricky balancing act with the skill of shrewd veterans: both Trick of the Light and The Blue, the Green have huge, fists-in-the-air choruses, and only the hardest of hearts could resist the brittle emoting of Victory Line or the elegant sentiment and sombre gait of Dinosaurs.