Rising popularity means lonely days are numbered

Lonely The Brave. Picture by Danny North

Lonely The Brave. Picture by Danny North

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Southsea prepares to get psyched for a new festival

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With masses of acclaim from Kerrang! and Rock Sound trailing behind them for their debut album, as well as reams of praise for their live show, Lonely The Brave must be among the most unassuming critical darlings right now.

The Cambridge alt-rockers will be bringing their emotionally charged ‘doom pop’ to The Wedgewood Rooms on Monday, when we will have the chance to see what the fuss is all about.

That debut album, The Day’s War, reached number 14 in the album charts and the band have been busy stepping things up.

Drummer Gavin ‘Mo’ Edgeley told The Guide: ‘It’s about 10 months since giving up our days jobs. For about three years, everything in the band was worked around our jobs, as most bands are, and it was a proud moment to tell my boss at the landscaping company I was quitting.’

While the band are proud of what they’ve achieved, they’ve remained fairly grounded. Is this perhaps because they’re a little older than many bands on their first album?

Mo agrees: ‘100 per cent, we talk about that all the time. If I had gotten this opportunity at 18, 19, or 20, I dread to think what I would be like, but in your late 20s and pushing towards your 30s or whatever you just sort of grow up and I think you definitely don’t take it for granted.’

There’s no gimmick, nothing we don’t mean on that album, and everything was put together so carefully over a long period of time. It’s great to see so many people are so in to it

Gavin Edgeley

A lot of attention has also been given to the intensity of frontman David Jakes’ performances, on record and on stage. As Mo explains: ‘Dave’s not the kind of frontman who’ll have his foot on the monitor and be dangling his microphone into the crowd, and that’s not what we wanted from the band anyway.’

‘A lot of the lyrics are quite personal to Dave,’ says Mo, ‘but he’s quite willing to share them.

‘Maybe they connect so well with people because they’re real. There’s no gimmick, nothing we don’t mean on that album, and everything was put together so carefully over a long period of time. It’s great to see so many people are so in to it, it’s been building over a long period of time.’

Doors open 8pm. Tickets cost £8. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk

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