One of the best up and coming alternative rock bands coming out of the UK is Lonely The Brave. Their music delivers a real, emotional and authentic take on what each of them have experienced in life. What stands out most is the group’s ability to work individually, while still having the cohesiveness to add all the singular parts together, creating a phenomenal sum.
Hailing from Cambridge, Lonely The Brave is made up of a group of gentlemen who come from different walks of life, and those lives are brewed into every single track they create. In an industry that seems so cut and dry, 100 percent collaborative, not everyone is a slave to that mindset. Sometimes being collaborative means focusing on singular aspects. Sometimes being collaborative means working individually.
Creating a song has an inherent, collaborative trait to it, and while Lonely The Brave does work together to produce new music, they also work on their own. Lonely The Brave’s Mark Trotter said once a basic idea for a song has been mapped out, each member of the band then delivers their own spin on that idea.
“For me personally this is the best thing about being in a band, you may have a really specific idea of how you want a song to sound or to where you want it to go, but once everyone else adds their own parts, the end result is usually miles from where you originally planned for things to go. It’s exciting to see the end result,” Trotter said.
Some of the group’s most popular tracks include “Trick of the Light,” “Backroads” and “The Blue, The Green.” Where these tracks come from is a varied answer without a single descriptor. Trotter said each band member’s unique musical taste serves as a powerful influence to their music. The reason why their music can be so varied is because of that musical difference, all making for very unique sound.
Previous artists I’ve spoken to talk about art as a primary source of inspiration, but not everyone who produces music is driven that way. There’s a real sense of reality and caring in Lonely The Brave’s music, and that isn’t more clear than in their music video for “The Blue, The Green.” When Mark described what inspires him, it touch my heart. “My kid, my good lady, friends and family and of course the other guys in the band. I’ve been writing a lot about my son since he was born.
He is the biggest inspiration my life has ever known. I never knew I could feel like that until he arrived. Game changer,” Trotter said.
Taking that sense of reality one step further, he spoke about the music they’ve made and how those songs are always “about things that have happened to us as individuals and as a band. The songs are real.” Identifying with music is something we all do and Trotter believes people have done that due to their music being something we all can relate to. “The subject matters contained within are situations that most people will go through or have been through at some point.”
Lonely The Brave’s music is easy to imagine live and it’s easy to imagine it translating well into a live environment. Making a record that best represented how the group would sound live was part of the mindset they took with the first album. Like most artists, live performances often contain unique moments and versions of songs, and Lonely The Brave is no different.
“Sometimes we are a bit more free form and extend songs. Sometimes they end up being a fair bit heavier. It all depends on the show and how we feel at the time. We are not adverse to changing things up [because] it keeps the show interesting for the crowd and for ourselves,” Trotter said.
For any band that has had great success with its first album, looking forward to what’s next is always important. Lonely The Brave feels good about their future and part of that is thanks to how strong alternative rock in the UK is doing right now. Trotter said they feel lucky to be a part of a time when so many good rock bands are growing and getting bigger.
As far as their next album is concerned, so much life has happened to each of the band members, and that will clearly influence what Lonely The Brave does next. “Life has changed dramatically since then so we have lots of different circumstances to write about. Recently, we have been experimenting quite a bit with instrumentation, so expect the second record to start pushing what we do a little bit harder,” Trotter said.
With the second album, Mark is looking forward to having more time to work on it, unlike the first album which was created in a time crunch. Collectively, the group wishes to tour in the United States in 2015, in addition to completing their second album.
“Next year is already looking like our busiest yet. You really do have to stop every so often and attempt to take in all of the things that are happening. We have been fortunate enough to have played shows with our heroes on some of the worlds greatest stages this year. The fact that 2015 is already lining up to eclipse this is far beyond anything we could have ever imagined. It’s humbling that people care enough to allow us to do what we do,” Trotter said.
Being humble while still maintain a strong sense of desire and drive is a combination not always found in musicians. During my discussion with Mark, it is pretty clear he has his head on right. With each year comes new opportunities and new challenges, but for Lonely The Brave, achieving goals as a band and as individuals is what will drive them forward in the future.