ALBUM: Lonely The Brave – The Day’s War

Release Date: September 1st, 2014
Label: Hassle Records


It has been one hell of a year for Lonely The Brave. Following the rousing success of their EP, ‘Backroads’, the band were swiftly catapulted to the high end of the festival line-ups and a headline UK tour. This Cambridge five-piece have received nothing by praise from every rock critic for the best part of a year now, and they’ve kept everyone waiting for their debut album.

Their debut full-length, ‘The Day’s War’, is nothing short of phenomenal and covers every part of the epic rock spectrum; from the tender and emotional start of ‘Dinosaurs’ and ‘Deserter’ all the way to the fist-punching, stadium anthems of ‘Islands’ and ‘Backroads’.

It’s just one of those albums where you know a cataclysmic amount of blood, sweat, tears and time have been poured into this fantastic creation. Their riffs possess the precision and grace of a bow and arrow whilst delivering the power of a sniper rifle. The lyrics portray such vibrant and dark tales, all of which fuelled by emotion and angst. When put together the results are utterly outstanding, making Lonely The Brave‘s music essential listening.

While they’re perhaps not as dark as La Dispute nor as complex as the sounds of Coheed & Cambria, this doesn’t mean they’re not worthy of your attention. Lonely The Brave are brimming with artistic integrity and compose music that will genuinely move you. Just try to watch the video for ‘Victory Line’ (here) and not shed a tear. Though the overall story is harrowing in itself, when coupled with the emotive riffs and passionate lyrics, this video will render you a blubbering mess.

Since the band’s conception back in 2010, these anthems have been meticulously crafted, painstakingly fine-tuned and honed to perfection. In the ever-lasting age of every artist trying to be the next big thing, it’s refreshing to see someone go back to basics, though let me assure you, there’s absolutely nothing basic about Lonely The Brave.

Written by Andy Roberts