6 September 2014
Lonely The Brave - The Day's War
When a band gets a lot of hype before an album has been released, sometimes when the album is released the end results does not necessarily warrant all the fanfare that came before the album. According to what I can find out about the band (on their FB page), they were formed in 2009 and they hail from Cambridge, UK. Over the last few years, their reputation has been growing with successful tours and various support slots. In the end of year magazines from 2013, they were hotly tipped as one of the bands to watch this year. They were also one of the few acts which the popular press are praising who actually have a guitar; such is the view of the press on rock bands. I have not heard anything by these guys beforehand if I am honest, if only so when I eventually got to hear the album it would be without any preconceived ideas. Now it is time to see what the fuss is all about.
Starting off with the fifty two second guitar only track called "Intro", the band then head straight into "Trick Of The Light". Although the band themselves might not want to hear this, but there is a healthy dose of emotional rock in this song from the beginning. Not the over-hyped fashion statement which was popular a few years back; no, I am talking about bands like Far, Rival Schools, Hundred Reasons and other artists of that ilk. It raises and falls in all the right places, and it would be a stomping track to hear played live. "Backroads" is the next track and this is a much slower number, based around a simple riff that spins around the song, leading the listener around to get to the sing out moments of the chorus. Again, this might seem unpopular but it does remind me of Travis in point; but with a lot more rock obviously. "Islands" follows on and the emotional and guitar peddles are fasten down to the floor at this point. Much more edge than "Backroads" and this is a degree of urgency in the playing; at this point I can see why the band has been getting as much press as they have received.
Next is "Dinosaurs" which again brings the mood down, it is slow paced and very reflective in nature. It is a decent number, but at this point I am beginning to worry if the band will play one fast or heavy song, followed by one slower number. "Deserter" is a heavy number, so it sort of forms to pattern of this album so far. With that being said, it is a high energy number that shows that this band do have the ability to rock out when it is required. Next is a bridging track called "Untitled", which much like "Intro" is guitars and harmonies that sound like the background to a dream (as seen on many a Holly-weird movie). This track then merges into "Kings Of The Mountain". This track is much like "Trick Of The Light" in feeling, it has a simple riff that hooks the song together and uses that age old light/heavy/light pattern that works incredible well for the band. After this comes "Victory Lines", which breaks away from the heavy/fast to gentle pattern that had started this album. It has is another anthem for the broken hearted and will be lapped up by the fans of the band; I can really see why these guys have the following that they have.
"Black Saucers" is a stomping little number, full of energy and vitality that can sometimes be missing in lots of music that is currently kept the flavour of the month in the charts (no, I am not talking about Royal Blood). There is a passion in the sound, the emotional rock element of the band is out to play again and it is the best song of the album as well. In contrast to the energy of "Black Saucers", we have "The Blue, The Green". You are on familiar territory on this song, starting off lightly and building to a euphoric finish; yes it is not original, but it is also done really well. Title track "The Day's War" is an all too brief acoustic number which is very poignant and full of sorrow and remorse. It could have been added to, made a bit longer maybe; but that was not to be. Still a nice number, it is just too short for my tastes. Next is "Call Of Horses" which is a slow burning number, the band placing layer upon layer to reach a dramatic and emotion conclusion. It feels like a perfect ending to this album with the band crying out for the exit line at the end of the song. However, there is a brief "Outro" and then the album is finished.
Overall, this album feels incredible solid, well played and the production job is really good as well. It works as a whole piece of work and you can hear a few of the songs being future hits for the band. There are a few numbers which don't sparkle as much as the others, but as a debut record it has a lot of promise and it warrants further listenings. It is not the second coming for rock music that the press were claiming earlier in the year, but it is not far from being in the leading pack of UK bands currently doing the rounds. An impressive debut, from a band that are certainly one's to watch.
7.5 out of ten - This is good and well worth a check
Top track - Black Saucers
You can purchase the album from Amazon here
You can visit the Lonely The Brave website here
You can listen to The Day's War on Spotify here
For our Deezer users, here is a link so you can listen to the album as well
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