Album: The Day’s War
Release Date: 01/09/14
Label: Hassle Records/Columbia Records
Cambridge rockers Lonely The Brave have been slowly creeping their way into the spotlight over the past year or so. Playing as many shows as possible and receiving radio airplay to outstanding reviews with Kerrang, Rock Sound and NME all featuring the band and backing them to be a force to be reckoned with. The ‘Backroads’ EP last year gave them the opportunity to be heard to world wide acclaim. Can they justify all the hype and praise with debut album ‘The Day’s War’?
A soft and clean intro eases us into the album before ‘Trick Of The Light’ jumps straight into a mid tempo rhythm and sharp guitars. Vocalist David Jakes is absolutely phenomenal. His voice sounds polished, organic and soars over the dreamy ‘doom pop’ the rest of the band lay down. ‘Backroads’ has been about for a while and was a first taste for a lot of people as to what the band were essentially. Still as we sit here and listen to this album we can’t help but feel lost in our imaginations. The change in pace and melody from verse to chorus is uplifting and key lyric, “If you be the sky and I’ll be the bird” is a majestically moving statement. ‘Islands’ has a more straight up rock feel to it and keeps the pace and urgency up throughout it’s 3 minute life, whilst ‘Dinosaurs’ is the complete opposite. A slow burner with arena sized vocals and a plodding drum beat to accompany the simplistic yet effective guitar work and effects.
A blissfully relaxing interlude (‘Untitled’) breaks up the albums briefly before getting back into it’s stride with ‘Kings Of The Mountain’. Another track of massive proportions, the production is flawless and the bands performance is impeccable. The images that are conjured up with eyes closed and the sounds of this euphoric rock in our ears is dazzling. ‘Victory Line’ is huge and continues this trend of being a gargantuan anthem in waiting.
The songs on the album are either enormous, towering euphoria or lean towards more rock based roots. When the two are combined on ‘The Blue, The Green’ it makes for a more lasting impression and helps the rockier parts sound heavier and the heavenly layers more angelic. There was always going to an acoustic track on this album, and it comes in the form of the title track, however it’s the most disappointing aspect of this release. It only clocks in at 1.09 in length. Maybe something the band will build on for their next release.
As ‘Outro’ plays out we reflect on what we’ve just experienced and the thoughts and visions that came to life in our minds whilst listening to ‘The Day’s War’. This album is massive. It’s captivating. The melodies and hooks are well crafted and the vocals float on top of the dreamy foundations of the music. A brilliant debut that you just can’t ignore.