Album Review : THINGS WILL MATTER : Lonely The Brave

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Lonely The Brave are quite an incredible band, and in our eyes they are incredibly underrated. Saying that, they are playing festival after festival and are slowly creeping their way to the top. They have a loyal fan base behind them but this band really deserve much more attention – as they are BRILLIANT.

Their second album ‘Things Will Matter’ was released at the end of last month on Hassle Records and it’s a huge album. Here’s what we thought…

After one listen it’s easy to pick out our favourite tracks – including ‘Black Mire’ and ‘Rattlesnakes’. This album perfectly follows the high bar set by LTB’s debut album ‘The Day’s War’ giving us big sounding tracks in classic Lonely The Brave style. But this album boasts a more mature and sophisticated sound, showing us how the best can get even better. You can clearly hear the work and passion poured into this album with crafted tracks that are an absolute pleasure on the ear. You can’t help but imagine these tracks smashing bigger venues and filling festival big-tops.

Track 5 is ‘Diamond Days’ and it stands out to us as a powerful example of Dave’s passionate and emotional vocals. This is a beautiful sounding track with enchanting guitar melodies. These combined create a generally softer sound, however the bass line and drums create powerful, deeper undertones, which compliment the emotion and tone of the vocals. This track strips out in the outro, leaving you with an almost isolated guitar and drums that round the track up beautifully.

‘Dust and bones’ is another stand out track for us from this album. It’s powerful and should be played LOUD. The tempo builds during the first verse, exploding into a passionate chorus, which easily sounds like a sing-along anthem. This track sounds like Lonely The Brave’s older songs from the debut, and that’s a good thing as it shows they are consistently powerful! This track features prominent drums that you can almost feel and the guitar creates a fast tempo that captivates you.

‘Tank Wave’ is track 9 on the album and strips right back to a raw sound. It starts slow and soft, with the guitar raising every hair on your arms. The beat here is slow but still as powerful as the more energetic tracks! This track is another fantastic showcase of the vocals as they are strong and emotive with a beautiful tone and has you hanging on every word. “You leave me wanting more….”

The last track on ‘Things Will Matter’ is ‘Jaws of hell’ which has a deeper sound. It rounds up the album brilliantly, showcasing the matured and developed sound of Lonely The Brave and creates a powerful end to the album. The hidden track on the end of this is very interesting as it is stripped back and features a piano. This varies their sound and shows you that these guys are capable of mastering any style!

Overall this is a very good album! The tracks are generally strong and powerful and it follows the path set by the first album. It’s fair to say that their sound has developed and has only got better! Not all tracks on the album are stand-alone anthems, however the album flows really well and those weaker tracks help to support the sound of the album as a whole. We cannot wait to catch Lonely The brave on the festival circuit this year – expect great live music and a powerful performance from these guys!!

-Courtney Brock

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