LIVE: Lonely The Brave @ Deaf Institute, Manchester (27/01/2014)

Date: January 27th, 2014
Venue: Deaf Institute, Manchester
Support: Fatherson


Opening act Fatherson (****) get off to an ever-so-slightly rocky start with only a few off notes here or there, but after just two songs they find their stride. Any nerves they have are purely justified, as playing to a motionless crowd surrounding a big empty space would phase even the most experienced of bands. Once loosened up, frontman Ross Leighton‘s voice is on true form and the on-stage chemistry flourishes like Walter White’s winnebago.

Sounding a bit like a rockier Two Door Cinema Club equipped with the vocals of Twin Atlantic, these loveable Scots are thoroughly likable and it doesn’t take long for crowd to nodding along. By the end of their delightful set, Fatherson have won over the crowd and were the ideal choice of support for Lonely The Brave.

Headline act Lonely The Brave (****) are just incredible with each and every song executed flawlessly. If you’re unfamiliar with them, think of a heavier Kings Of Leon but with Eddie Vedder-esque vocals. They have a unique stage set-up where lead singer David Jakes is off the side, behind the guitarists. It’s a refreshing approach to the aesthetics of a performance, and allows the audience to focus more on the band as a whole rather than just one man. This is ideal for LTB, as their brand of epic-rock is one you can get totally lost in.

The only downfall is the order of the songs. While opening with well-known single ‘Black Saucers’ is a smart move, following it up with about six un-released and relatively unknown tracks is not. Though the band will no doubt have their reasons for doing this, perhaps a better way to approach it would have been to have a repetition of one crowd favourite followed with two unknowns, avoiding the risk of attention dwindelling with the crowd.

Having said this, all is forgiven once LTB launch into ‘Deserter’ and ‘Backroads’, as the sheer power of these songs stun the crowd into a state of awe. Closing the set on unfamiliar number ‘The Blue, The Green’ somewhat detracts from the impact of the finale, but is a phenomenal closer nonetheless.

Written by Andy Roberts