Lonely The Brave impress Manchester and Manchester impresses them in return
I had previously seen Lonely The Brave at Sound Control along with Zico Chain and Exit State about 18 months ago and even on that shitty little stage in the bar area, and with such great competition, LtB really stood out with their set.
Fast forward to now and not only have the band released their debut album, the excellent The Day’s War, but also have been lauded in the mainstream press. The album is flawless, the songs are hook laden and catchy, it is rock with a touch of emo. Singer David Jakes comes across as both strong and sincere. The band are clearly aiming for the big guns – Biffy Clyro and 30 Seconds To Mars.
Tonight’s show sees The Ruby Lounge rammed. Support was from an alternative singer songwriter Hannah Lou Clarke who unfortunately seemed to pass most of the crowd by, receiving polite applause for her work. From my perspective the problem was her material just didn't hit the spot when we were all ready for LtB. A more up-tempo support might have been appropriate.
"Lonely The Brave take no prisoners."
Lonely The Brave dived into their set opening with Victory Line and Trick Of The Light, all guns were blazing with everyone putting in 100%. Singer David Jakes fronts the band from the back; he cuts an awkward presence facing the drum kit, performing with a shy intensity, absorbed in what he was doing.
The band were taking no prisoners. Their set was mainly culled from their album with Black Saucers going down particularly well with the audience. A chant from the crowd “David David give us a wave” did finally persuade the reluctant singer to acknowledge the audience.
A new song was played, Science, which started slow and built up to the sort of anthemic song we would expect from them, it is good to know they are working on new material.
The Blue, The Green saw lead guitarist and bandleader Mark Trotter blown away by the participation of the Manchester crowd, “I wish the rest of the fucking country could do that”. This was a dedicated audience and in this town we are renowned for getting involved at gigs.
The set finished off with Diamond Days and Backroads, the latter getting the biggest reaction of the evening. There was no encore which was fine, they are not obligatory and no-one was going to leave disappointed. But after the show the band were more than happy to meet fans at the merch stall. A blistering show and I am eagerly awaiting their return.