Having released their first album, “The Day’s War” last year and set to start their second tour this November, things can only get better for Lonely The Brave, who this year enjoyed the career highlight of playing Reading main stage.
How did you all meet and end up forming the band?
All the rest of the guys met in Cambridge where we’re from and had played in various other defunct bands on the local scene. I joined almost two years ago to complete the line-up. It was a natural kind of thing.
Who came up with the name?
I think it was Dave or Andrew. They had a brainstorming session because they wanted a three word name that had a ring to it like “Poison The Well.” That’s how it came about really.
How are you feeling about going on tour for the second time? Are you excited/nervous?
We did a headline run earlier this year in March so it’ll just be a step up in venue size. We’ve got some brand new songs that we’ve been working on for album two and now we’ve done all the festivals which are different to club tours so it’s going to be nice to get into some enclosed space. We’ve got some great fans so we can’t wait to see them all again – we just can’t wait to get out there really!
You’ve performed at some amazing places like Glastonbury and Olympic Park, but where would you say is the best venue you’ve played at so far?
Playing Reading main stage was a career high for us all – it’s what you dream of as a kid but you never really picture yourself up there. That was a surreal moment. There have been some absolute standout shows as well though. We always get such a warm welcome at Newcastle and Manchester. Everywhere we play we have an amazing fan base that really cares about us and we recognise so many people because they keep coming back.
What are your influences and how would you describe your sound?
We’ve all definitely got varied tastes in music which is where I think we get our sound from really. Mark likes a lot of classical, orchestral music and soundtracks. I like Jazz and a bit of hip-hop. There’s probably a handful of bands we all agree on like Deftones and The National and we all mutually love Bruce Springsteen.
What was it like to support Neil Young at Lokerse Feesten festival in Belgium?
Yeah that was incredible. He sort of kept himself to himself and we didn’t really see him until he was on stage but he’s an amazing performer. He played for at least two hours in front of 15,000 people. We’ve been lucky enough to support some amazing artists.
Which artist or band would you most like to support/collaborate with in the future?
That’s a tough one. For me personally I’d love for us to play or collaborate with Radiohead. I think that would be really interesting. It would be good to play with The National again too.
What do you do in your free time when you’re not gigging?
We’re pretty much around each other all the time. Even when we’re not gigging we’re rehearsing and writing. We’re lucky enough to be able to do this full-time now but obviously we like to go out and let our hair down too.
How would you describe your song writing process?
Dave always does the lyrics and then the music process differs from song to song. Someone will usually have an idea or a riff which they’ll take to practice and everyone will just jump in on it and put their own perspective on how it should sound. There’s plenty of times where I’ve written a piece of music and have come out of the practice room with it sounding completely different. Sometimes we just jam and it all comes together.
Where would you hope to see the band in five years time?
Still doing what we’re doing. Hopefully we’ll still have a fan base which will keep growing and we’ll have done another couple of albums.