First of all I’ll admit that up until a few weeks ago I’d never heard of Lonely the Brave. However, after interviewing guitarist Ross over the phone and listening to them on Spotify, I’d definitely grown to like their chilled out indie rock vibe which I would describe as a cross between Coldplay and Travis. So even though I felt like a complete fraud as I stood amongst hardcore fans such as one woman who enthused “I went to see them last night in Cardiff as well!”, I was full of anticipation for the gig ahead.
The support act Black Peaks got the night off to a banging start, quite literally as their heavy metal induced a large portion of the crowd to start headbanging and punching the air. Even though I’d describe my own music tastes as a bit more towards the aluminium end of the metal spectrum I could definitely appreciate their style of music and particularly their ability to get the crowd fired up with one person shouting “Rock isn’t dead!” Lead singer Joe also made a poignant statement when he praised everyone for still coming out and supporting live music in light of the recent terror attacks in Paris.
When Lonely the Brave finally took to the stage the excitement was palpable. They kicked off with “Backroads” which has a really catchy guitar riff and some beautiful lyrics such as “If you be the sky then I’ll be the bird” (which I don’t really understand but I like it anyway.) They then proceeded to play the rest of their first album The Day’s War which has some great tracks including the upbeat tune ‘Trick of the Light’, which has such an addictive drum beat that it’s impossible not to at least tap your foot while you’re listening to it. The song which garnered the most appreciation from the crowd however was definitely ‘The Blue, The Green’ which earned an impressive roar from the moment they played the first couple of bars. At this point guitarist Mark even said “You’re a lively lot aren’t you?” to which the loyal fanbase eagerly responded with another loud cheer.
Lonely the Brave’s stage set-up is quite unique in the fact that the lead singer David doesn’t really act as the front man but instead it’s the role of Mark to interact and speak to the audience. For an unconventional band however they couldn’t have chosen a better venue than The Marble Factory which epitomises Bristol’s edgy music scene in that it was formerly the site of a skate park and now has that distinctive abandoned warehouse feel. The fans were so polite and respectful as well that I almost felt as though I was watching a friends’ band play in their garage.
After the gig, the band took their time to mingle with fans who had come from far and wide and were very accommodating when it came to photographs. In the end I certainly enjoyed myself, and although I found some of their songs to be a bit samey, I’ll definitely be putting Lonely the Brave on my playlist.