A great British band with a great British rock album.
Label: Hassle Records
Released: 20th May 2016
‘Things Will Matter’. That’s the statement Lonely The Brave are putting front and centre of their second album. But then of course they are. In a sea of similar Brit-rock, the five piece have an edge. A feeling of tangible, real world texture – a sincerity without ever feeling overly earnest – that marks them out.
Take the slow burning, layered atmospherics of opener ‘Wait In The Car’. Where others would use brawn, LTB use brains. When muscle is needed, like on ‘Black Mire’, they’re packing more than enough to settle any scrap – a confident, driving determination standing strong in a current of swirling guitars.
Conventional bangers simply aren’t Lonely The Brave’s style. So while ‘Rattlesnakes’ may be anthemicly huge, ‘Diamond Days’ or ‘Tank Wave’ are equally happy to take a more considered, cerebral approach. It’s this that marks them out as something special. A great British band with a great British rock album. Stephen Ackroyd