“Hugely compelling… a remarkable second album.” **** - Q
“They haven’t just succeeded in proving they were no one trick wonders here, they’ve gone and pulled another rabbit from the hat.” 8/10 – Rock Sound
“A great British rock record, by a great British rock band.” **** - Upset
PRODUCED BY ROSS ORTON (M.I.A, DRENGE, ARCTIC MONKEYS)
After the success of the recent epics “Black Mire”, “What If You Fall In” and “Radar”, Lonely The Brave today release the stunning video for album highlight “Rattlesnakes”, the hook-laden track premiered as a ‘World First’ by the DJ who discovered them, Zane Lowe.
Frontman David Jakes had the following to say about the track:
“Ever met someone in your life where you just can't stand each other?
The more you meet the worse it gets?
This is Rattlesnakes.”
Rogier Hendriks at Onesize, the video’s director, said of the video:
Our concept for Rattlesnakes is based on social behaviour and prejudice being learned behaviour, the idea that we have been taught how to behave.
We train animals to become who we want until it is implicit and instinctual to them. Humans can be trained as well - to be unpredictable, aggressive and extremely defensive. Sometimes for no reason whatsoever.
Disliking another human being can be complex, caused by seeing a distorted view of that person, skewed by a personal, emotional or past event sometimes even unrelated to that person. The only reason people do not kill, hurt or ruin each other’s lives is because society teaches us not to do so. Nevertheless, there is still a survival instinct humans have, an instinct that cannot be unlearned and in the right conditions, can strike out without control.
Visually we wanted to show that there is an inner and outer shell to each person, seemingly dichotomous at first, but becoming more ambiguous as we move through the song. We start to see people's behaviour falling apart, eventually showing their true nature through their own eyes. The beautiful and seemingly perfect exterior has an interior motive too and it’s not always pretty.
As well as the release of “Rattlesnakes”, the band have announced heavy psych act Swedish Death Candy as the main support on their upcoming tour, alongside a special guest appearance from Fatherson.
“Things Will Matter”, their upcoming second album, marks their first full LP featuring second guitarist Ross Smithwick; the interplay between himself and founding guitarist Mark Trotter adding more depth to an already significant sound. Experimentation and ambition are a key part of a record brimming with ideas – from the pulse behind the minimalist, claustrophobic opener “Wait In The Car” to the cataclysmic post-rock magnificence of closer “Jaws Of Hell”, this is a play-through album. There’s the doomy intensity of comeback track “Black Mire”, through to the hooks David Jakes is already well known for in the anthemic choruses to “Rattlesnakes”, “Dust & Bones” and the aforementioned “Radar”.
Lonely The Brave’s debut, “The Day’s War”, was an album both critically acclaimed and adored by fans, receiving the full 5K’s in a lead Kerrang! review and a similarly glowing two-page lead in Rock Sound. What set Lonely The Brave apart from their peers was how they couldn’t be hemmed into that rock world alone – also picking up accolades from the likes of The Independent, The Telegraph, Mojo and The Guardian and prestigious support slots with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and band favourite Deftones. All of which pointed to a diversity in their sound, a perceived longevity and perception beyond their young years as a band. And a fair one too, the group evoking a classic, alternative-rock sound ahead of others, influenced by the diverse likes of dEUS, Screaming Trees, Mogwai, Defeater, Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam and The National.
Lonely The Brave are:
David Jakes – Vocals
Mark Trotter – Guitar
Ross Smithwick – Guitar
Andrew Bushen – Bass
Gavin “Mo” Edgeley – Drums
Previous praise for Lonely The Brave:
“A band whose name will soon be up in lights, whether they like it or not” NME
“This Cambridge quartet specialise in anthems designed to fill arenas, but with a very pointed caveat
that what they do remains several proud steps away from well-worn mainstream rock” The Guardian
“Lonely The Brave could be the biggest band on the planet. Fact.” Rock Sound
“Fit to bursting with anthems that will keep them in festival slots for years to come” Mojo
“Lonely The Brave are simply phenomenal.” Kerrang!
Praise for Lonely The Brave’s Black Mire, the first track released from the new album:
“A grandiose new sound” Evening Standard
“A big, hulking beast of a track” Shortlist
“Grungy, K2-sized riffs, chiming melodies and anguished vocals – this has 90’s alt.rock written all over it” – Metro
“This song confirms the band have lost none of the power of their critically acclaimed debut The Day’s War” Kerrang!
“An explosive return” Clash
Upcoming live dates:
Full details of UK supports for each show are below:
03/09/16 - Fort Fest, Bedford - United Kingdom
27/08/16 - Anchored To The Sound Festival, Plymouth - United Kingdom
31/07/16 - Y Not Festival, Derbyshire - United Kingdom
15/07/16 - Truck Festival, Oxford - United Kingdom
08/07/16 - 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham - United Kingdom
28/05/16 - Common People Festival, Southampton - United Kingdom
27/05/16 - The Riverside, Newcastle Upon-Tyne * - United Kingdom
26/05/16 - All Saints Church, London - United Kingdom
24/05/16 - Sub89, Reading * - United Kingdom
23/05/16 – Open, Norwich * - United Kingdom
22/05/16 – Foundry, Sheffield * – United Kingdom
20/05/16 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge ** - United Kingdom
*Swedish Death Candy
**Swedish Death Candy & Fatherson
Tickets at: www.lonelythebrave.com