Friday, October 25, 2013

The Bravery

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     The Bravery is an American band formed in New York City in 2003 that consists of Sam Endicott (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Zakarin (lead guitar, backing vocals), John Conway (keyboards, backing vocals), Mike Hindert (bass, backing vocals), and Anthony Burulcich (drums, backing vocals).
      They have released three studio albums: The Bravery (2005), The Sun and the Moon (2007) and Stir the Blood (2009). They have also released a remixed edition of their second album called The Sun and the Moon Complete in 2008 and an Internet live album called Live at the Wiltern Theater in 2010. Their music is a synthesis of post-punk revival and New Wave. 

The Bravery - An Honest Mistake

     Can’t be from NYC and not mention these guys. They technically may not be “underground” per say, but they could always use more fans and exposure. They have broken through the mainstream on numerous occasions, receiving radio play, having sold successful albums and having their songs played in major movies (Never back Down, Twilight). However they’ve always maintained their honed post-punk/new-wave signature sound and still operate like a underground band despite commanding a huge fanbase. If you are not familiar with this band, now is the time to get to know them.

     On the bands self titled debut, The Bravery, they put forth their original sound. A amalgamation of post-punk and new wave. The pinnacles of the sonic merger can be heard on songs like An Honest Mistake and No Brakes. Sam Endicott vocals drone over post-punk inspired drumming, new wave synths and guitars that fluctuate between indie and straight out rock and roll. Catchy choruses, memorable bridges, rock and roll guitar solos, driving bass lines and playful keys and synths make the rest of the album upbeat and accessible.

     The band continued to explore and fine tune their sound on The Sun And The Moon. It is even more accessible and catchier than it’s predecessor but retains the new wave and post-punk inspiration. An improvement on this release happens to be the lyrics. They are honest, deep-laid and retain the quirks of the previous release, but touch on subjects of fear, existence, isolation and the ever classic tale of heartbreak.

     A big part of the bands sound is Endicotts lyrics. Holding a degree in psychological sure helps in writing about the human condition and its many hurdles. Endicotts songwriting shines best on their most recent release, Stir The Blood. Not only is the frontman at his best as a songwriter, but the band itself pushed the envelope of their sound. Stir The Blood is a upbeat yet dark record with retro-futuristic and camtose dreamlands. A solid release in the bands discography.

     So if you haven’t already done so, check these guys out. All three of their albums are gold and I highly recommend them. Here's hoping the rumors aren't true and they haven't broken up.

The Bravery - Fearless

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