On The Bravery’s third and latest release Stir the Blood, the band’s “adrenaline-rush, retro-new wave/punk rock is back with a flourish,” as one critic puts it.
The Bravery started to come together in art school, with two friends playing any kind of music they could get their hands on, from punk to country to jazz to metal. In the early ’00s they moved to NYC, where they discovered the Electroclash scene in full swing.
With the addition of a drummer and bass player found through newspaper ads and word of mouth, they began hanging out in Chinatown, writing and recording songs the way DJs make electronic music from samples, but instead of using samples, they made all the sounds themselves. The result was something new and bold. They picked a name that plays on the sense of optimism and innocent hope despite all the fears and frustrations of life: The Bravery.
By 2003 The Bravery were burning CDs of their self-released music and handed them out all around town. They played anywhere they could get a gig; the basement of Lit, TT the Bears and Middle East in Boston, etc. They would hang out all day putting up fliers, or handing out CDs outside of other shows.
Doggedly they built an audience, and in 2005 Island Records released The Bravery. For the next 18 months the band toured the world, enjoying much success and two international hit songs “An Honest Mistake” and “Unconditional.”
The Bravery’s second release The Sun and the Moon was a full hearted, energetic display of the newfound creativity and sense of musical exploration that the band developed while touring nonstop for 18 months. Recorded in a New York City basement, an Atlanta studio and the backs of numerous buses, the songs delve into all the extremes — life and death, good and evil, hope and desperation. Coming full circle the band remains true to its roots with Spill the Blood.
SUPPORTING LOVE HOPE STRENGTH
The Bravery performed at Union County Music Fest 2010 in New Jersey where Love Hope Strength is a beneficiary of charitable proceeds.
Union County Music Fest 2010