Lonely The Brave – Student Central London

Last night was probably one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to.

It’s been a long time coming for Lonely The Brave to go out there and perform their brilliant music on their own headline tour, having been amazing support to the likes of Marmozets on their ‘Big Cheese Tour‘ and Lower Than Atlantis back in 2014.

The London gig was finally round the corner and the ‘Student Central’ began to fill with music lovers and fans of Lonely The Brave.

As it was their own headline show, this time support came from two brilliant acts, better known as the gorgeous singer/songwriter Hannah Lou Clark and the great guys off The Xcerts. Both acts had the crowds full attention and made sure everyone is hyped up for Lonely The Brave.

It was about 9:30pm when the lights went off and the intro started to play and the anticipation was almost unbearable.

Having scored a place in the second row and being on the taller end of mankind, I had the perfect view of the stage.

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Suddenly the guys entered the stage from the left, with drummer Gavin Edgeley leading his band. There couldn’t have been a better start to the show than with kicking off with ‘Victory Line’ – one of my absolute favourite songs.

Guitarist Mark Trotter shouting a very enthusiastic ‘LONDON!’ into his mic and instantly received a roaring response from the gathered fans.

Without further ado, Lonely The Brave went straight into ‘Trick Of The Light’ and ‘King Of The Mountain’. The crowd went absolutely mad for it, there was some serious pogo action and some moshing going on in the front of the stage.

The energy in the room was at next level, the fans and the band were giving it their all and both sides were simply lost in music.

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Lonely The Brave is one of those bands that make sure you not just watch the show but you actually get on that rollercoaster and experience it all. Their performance is always so powerful and so emotional at the same time, thanks to the amazing vocals by singer David Jakes. His voice is without doubt one of a kind.

It is beautiful to see that David puts all the emotions that some other performers are sadly missing, into the songs. You don’t get that often these days. So we better cherish David Jakes work.

The set went on with the well loved tracks, ‘Dinosaurs’ and ‘Black Saucers’ from Lonely The Brave’s debut album ‘This Is War’. Next up was ‘Deserter’ which guitarist Mark Trotter dedicated to the amazing London crowd.

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As the band has been teasing their fans over various social media platforms about new tracks lately, the time had finally come as a new song ‘Control’ filled the London Student Central. Judging from this performance, the new material will blow everyone away and will do Lonely The Braves amazing success justice.

Following the new song a fan favourite was played. ‘The Blue, The Green’ is such a powerful song that is best enjoyed live and sang at the top of your lungs. The whole Student Central was chiming in right from the start and everyone sang their hearts out to the powerful chorus.

Lonely The Brave wrapped up their amazing gig by performing their breakthrough single ‘Backroads’ as the last song of the night. The place went wild one last time, with guitarist Mark Trotter standing on the edge of the stage singing along the lyrics with the fans. Ross and Andrew going crazy one last time on the guitar and bass front, the fans cheered and then it was all over.

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What a show it has been! It took me a good two days to digest everything that happened that night as it was just so much to take in.

I am beyond pleased with having been to that gig, as I even had the chance to speak to Mark, Ross and Gavin after the show, telling them that they were brilliant and they should never stop doing what they do, as this is it exactly what makes Lonely The Brave worthwhile.

x,

Mels Jukebox

 

 

Lonely The Brave & Lower Than Atlantis @ Rock Sound Christmas Ball

Less than two weeks until Christmas, the days are getting colder, the people more festive, the perfect time for my first Christmas party this year.

Monday night, 8th December, Rock Sound hosted a rather rock ‘n’ roll Christmas ball at the Koko in Camden with performances by ‘Lonely The Brave‘ and ‘Lower Than Atlantis’.

Unsurprisingly the place was sold out as good handmade music was on offer.

Warming up the crowd were ‘Decade’ all dressed in very fancy Christmas jumpers, front man Alex Sears even sporting a lit-up one.

Kokos ceiling looked liked a sparkling Christmas tree, a sea full of red, yellow and green dots, reflected by the iconic disco ball hanging in the middle of the venue.

Next up it was time for ‘Lonely The Brave‘ to hit the stage and they started things off beautifully with ‘Call Of Horses’. There’s something magical about this band, after having seen Lonely The Brave in October for the first time, I was wondering if this *magic* will get me again.

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What should I say, it certainly did. From the first word out of singer David Jakes mouth until the last of the evening. His voice just gets me every time.

Their first single ‘Backroads’ definitely had the crowd singing, and I couldn’t contain myself as Lonely The Brave performed one of my favourites ‘ Victory Line’. Such an amazing song.

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The five piece has a certain aura around them, captivating everyone who is willing to join the ride. The bands performance was on point with guitarist Mark Trotter talking to the crowd several times. The set finished with a powerful and emotional rendition of ‘The Blue, The Green’.

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By that time, I was absolutely gone, I hung on to every word David sang, heard myself singing along and basically got absolutely lost in this song. I mean, how can you not?

While the stage got set up for the headliners, the sound of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ as well as the Pogues ‘Fairytale Of New York’ were being played and the entire venue sang along. This was really fun and suddenly the wait didn’t seem too long.

The area in front of the stage was super crowded and everyone was expectantly waiting for ‘Lower Than Atlantis’.

The four lads entered the stage at 9:30pm accompanied by roaring ‘LTA’ cheers. Their set started with the impressive ‘English Kids In America’ and Koko went crazy. From the very start of Lower Than Atlantis’ set there was some serious crowd action going on, fancy Christmas hats bouncing up and down others getting absolutely bonkers in the mosh pit.

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It was a rather wild start, but that’s just how we like it.

Singer Mike Duce definitely knows how to get everyone’s attention, he casually announced that they’d be shooting a video for their upcoming single, right now, right here. Needles to say, he got a massive cheer from the crowd, and urged everyone who wanted to be part of the video to go crazy and the fans surely didn’t disappoint.

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The mayhem was followed up with ‘Emily’, and the set continued with a nice mix of old and new tunes from Lower Than Atlantis several albums.

The Watford lads gave their live debut of ‘Merry Christmas (Wherever You Are)’ and turned Koko into a winter wonderland by making it snow inside. That was something special.

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Things got wrapped up with the absolute banger ‘Here We Go’ and the party people gave it their best one last time.

This was a rather not so silent night, but for sure a holy one 🙂

Mels Jukebox

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Lonely The Brave – Scala London

I kind of got lucky and got some last-minute tickets to the ‘Lonely The Brave‘ show last night at the Scala in London as part of ‘The Big Cheese Tour’.

Sold out Scala, this was going to be nice. It was packed, completely cramped. Instantly making new friends with the strangers pressed up against you.

Lonely The Brave came on stage at 7:55pm sharp. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had never seen them live before, but boy, they didn’t let me down at all.

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Front man David Jakes had me hooked from the very first lines of ‘Call Of Horses’, there surely is something special about his voice and the passion he sings with. Something captivating. He transports you to a certain place and time and makes damn sure you feel like you were there and experienced it all.

The guys gave us a great show, and one could tell that they were undoubtedly enjoying it. The crowd went wild multiple times as guitarist Mark Trotter screamed out that they were all so thankful for the support ‘Lonely The Brave’ were getting.

The atmosphere got really intense as the first chords of ‘The Blue, The Green’ were played. Everyone screamed their hearts out along the lines of ‘I wanna know what it’s like, so I can feel it inside’. What a powerful song.

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Final song was, obviously, the glorious ‘Backroads’. The crowd went absolutely crazy, and the continuous  moshing and jumping reached a new level. The entire place was screaming the lyrics and beautifully echoed David Jakes throughout the entire song.

What a way to finish a show. This definitely wasn’t the last time I’ve seen ‘Lonely The Brave’.

It was a pleasure guys.

Mels Jukebox

Sorry for the crappy pictures, but my camera thought it would be nice to die before the concert even started 😦