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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.

 

Video of the Moment #2085: Lonely the Brave

 
By on Friday, 13th May 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Not long at all to go for Lonely the Brave‘s new album ‘Things Will Matter’. It will drop at all the usual high street and digital retailers in a week. To get a feel for their live performance, scroll back to Steven’s review of their set at Handmade Festival 2016 that posted on TGTF yesterday here. This is worth your time, as they’re set to begin the May leg of their latest English tour next week (all the details this way).

While I was in Canada last week for Canadian Music Week 2016, I missed out on posting their latest video. This promo for the Cambridge alt-rock band’s ‘Rattlesnakes’ has a dark, foreboding look, but the actual song itself sounds life-affirming, anthemic, and unless I missed them, is entirely devoid of its slithering beings named in its title. Watch it below. Stay tuned for ‘Things Will Matter’ on the 20th of May on Hassle Records, and pre-order it if you fancy it.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSob56u-G2g[/youtube]

 

Handmade Festival 2016: Day 2 Roundup

 
By on Thursday, 12th May 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

If you missed Steven’s review of Leicester’s Handmade Festival 2016 that covered the bands he caught on Friday, you can catch up right back this way.

Now that the event had settled into full swing, the Saturday of Handmade Fest came along like Christmas morning. Beginning earlier at 3 PM, the second day of the festival kicked off with a band so ridiculous in concept yet perfect in execution, missing them was simply not an option. Jurassic Pop solely write songs based around the Jurassic Park franchise, going as far as to have their bass player wear a velociraptor head. The songs were rifftastically solid, especially the rendition of ‘All That She Wants’ by Ace of Base, adapted so that the velociraptors from the scene where Robert Muldoon, the Jurassic Park gamekeeper, dies with the infamous last words “clever girl…”, are the focal point of the lyrics. (Though the band state they wrote it first—jokingly, of course—we don’t want any affidavits created from this article, please).

Taking to the stage in the allowed 15-minute time afterward, Happy Accidents were a surprising breath of fresh, chipper, air. Bouncing around like sweet-filled children, they brought the second day, which had thick grey clouds looming over it, into a metaphorical rainbow-laden field filled with fast, poppy punk music and smiles.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/XWgJ1C2cnWk[/youtube]

Sadly, I missed Cleft, who according to numerous people I spoke to, were one of the bands of the weekend. I did however manage to catch OhBoy!, who were phenomenal in every sense. Their powerful show matching the strength of their songs, the future is definitely going to be bright for this stellar band. The main talk of the entire weekend though were the later slots on this fine evening, kicking off with Cambridge’s own Lonely the Brave, who gave one of their most powerful performances I’ve seen to date, with their new songs creating a fierce, undertow to the already epic songs from their debut. After their set finished, the majority of the crowd, in the typical sheep fashion of this small festival, flowed down to The Scholar Bar where we awaited Scottish pop punk band The Xcerts. You got the sense that a lot of the crowd had been waiting to see the raw emotion and power of The Xcerts for a very long time, and the atmosphere in the room reflected this perfectly.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/Ns7dgqjn6JI[/youtube]

Headliners of the night were fellow East Anglians Deaf Havana (pictured at top), who, also road testing new material, created an explosive atmosphere which was fuelled by the crowd’s response to their heartfelt and angst ridden material. Overall, Saturday proved to be the strongest of the 3 days of the festival, with Sunday proving slightly weaker through no fault of the festival’s own. It cannot be stated enough that festivals such as Handmade are important in not only developing the cultural scene of whatever city they happen to be in, but they also give bands who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to play in an environment like this, or to get the exposure that would give them even one more fan that will fuel their passions. Moving past that slight digression, we will enter the final day of Handmade 2016 in part 3 of my review, which will appear on TGTF tomorrow.

 

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

[youtube]https://youtu.be/ApEb2PvXvJo[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #2039: Lonely the Brave

 
By on Wednesday, 9th March 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

We’re now 1 month closer to Cambridge alt-rock band Lonely the Brave‘s second album ‘Things Will Matter’, and we’ve got another taster for you from the upcoming LP. ‘Radar’ follows in the footsteps of ‘Black Mire’ last month, as it goes with another heavy guitar treatment. However, where it differs from the ‘Black Mire’ video is the lack of dark foreboding: we get to watch a young boy’s imagination come to life as he tries to make contact with extraterrestrial, intelligent life forms. Is he successful? Watch the video below to find out.

‘Things Will Matter’ is scheduled for release on the 20th of May on Hassle Records. For more on Lonely the Brave on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0KlhT4I3W4[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #2006: Lonely the Brave

 
By on Friday, 5th February 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Cambridge alt-rockers Lonely the Brave have now released their newest material since the release of their triumphant debut album ‘The Day’s War’, which hit the high street in 2014, followed by the ‘Victory Edition’ of the LP in 2015. ‘Black Mire’ is another punishing entry from the band, and its accompanying promo video is dark and foreboding, the band members individually appearing before as flickering images, as if ghosts. Watch it below.

For more on Lonely the Brave as covered here on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn_5nb4Vho0[/youtube]

 
 
 

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