Release Date: Mar 29, 2005
Record label: Island
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
For a bunch of New Yorkers who claim to be ignorant of New Order, the Bravery have some strangely familiar tics: unsympathetic synths, snappy drums, furrowed brows ... and the influences don't stop there. Though the "new Duran Duran" tag can only refer to the band's cocky confidence, their music sounds like Bauhaus's dark goth disco with a Strokes hangover, singer Sam Endicott's voice lurching from dismissive to demanding within the clash of a cymbal.
The Bravery's self-titled debut is a slick twist on '80s new wave and post-millennium modern rock. Those who've followed the Killers, stellastarr*, and the like will surely pounce on the Bravery's luscious synth-driven pop. The 11-song set, produced by the band's frontman, Sam Endicott, is playful and confident, unlike the stressful production of the Killers' Hot Fuss.