You would be forgiven for thinking New York City outfit The Bravery had disappeared off the face of the Earth.
But on closer inspection it turns out a dispute with the band’s former label meant they couldn’t release album The Sun and the Moon in the UK, and instead they focused on touring America.
Speaking from his home in the much warmer climates of Los Angeles, frontman Sam Endicott rues the behind-the-scenes label bureaucracy, the kind that has destroyed other bands in the past.
But now all that has been resolved, the band couldn’t be more excited about returning to England to serve up some post-punk rock for a February tour.
Even if Sam can’t remember whether they had played Portsmouth or not.
Says Sam: ‘It has been heartbreaking not being able to play the UK. It’s been long enough, now we can just come back and be a band, and people can come and see us for the music.
‘The last time we played the UK was on a tour about three years ago, I can’t remember Portsmouth.
‘That tour was crazy. We would sleep all day, wake up, get out of our tour bus and go to a bar. I don’t think I saw daylight. I did get a little confused about where we were. I am hoping to see more daylight this time.’
The Bravery are Sam, who also plays rhythm guitar, Michael Zakarin (lead guitar, backing vocals), John Conway (keyboards, backing vocals), Mike Hindert (bass, backing vocals) and Anthony Burulcich (drums, backing vocals).
On their month-long tour, they will have a residency at the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen in London and come to the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea on Monday. Joining them are San Diego indie-rockers, Transfer.
Sam goes by the credence of his favourite band Fugazi, quoting ‘the album is the menu and the live shows are the meal’. If that’s true, then Bravery fans are in for a treat.
The Bravery have been itching to get back to the UK, where in 2005 their self-titled debut album was aired on Zane Lowe’s radio show and got massive immediately.
Most of you all will remember their biggest hit from that album, An Honest Mistake. Another track, Unconditional, is also a very tasty tune.
In recent years they have been conquering their homeland, bagging support slots with Depeche Mode and U2. The band also wrote Ours, which became the soundtrack for the latest Twilight movie.
Sam said their sets for this tour will be a mixture of all three of their albums, including the more recent Stir the Blood.
The main point of the tour is to promote the The Sun and the Moon album, The Sun side with The Bravery showing what they do best, the Moon side being a unique re-working of the same songs.
‘Every album has changed a lot. It’s a reaction to a previous album,’ Sam said.
‘The first album is very home-made and very cheaply done. The Sun and the Moon has now finally been released over there.
‘It’s two albums recorded simultaneously. It’s two very different takes of the same songs.’
Sam says he won’t mind bringing out the big guns though if fans are calling out for it.
‘You see bands whining when they have to play their hits and I always thought that was pretty foolish. They should be grateful.’
But there is more yet to come from The Bravery.
They are writing new tunes for an album, due to come out later this year.
Watch this space.
n See The Bravery at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea on Monday with support from Transfer and Flash Fiktion from 8pm. Tickets: £10, (023) 9286 3911.