Ahead of the May 2016 release of their highly anticipated second album ‘Things Will Matter‘, Lonely The Brave invited a bunch of fans and friends down to The Lexington in London, to perform their new album in full for the first time in front of a live audience.
As this show was an exclusive, it was no surprise that The Lexington was packed to the brim as Lonely The Brave were minutes away from surprising everyone.
Excitement and anticipation was in the air as everyone waited to hear the first sounds of the new material.
Lonely The Brave, consisting of David Jakes, Mark Trotter, Ross Smithwick, Gavin Edgeley and Andrew Bushen, opened up with ‘Wait In The Car‘, which is not only the first track of the album but also the perfect start to the show.
The sound of David Jakes beautiful voice calmly singing over an almost acoustic sound was completely mind blowing. It’s a given that David’s voice is a treasure that needs to be protected and savoured forever. Thankfully, ‘Wait In The Car’ does that, capturing the essence of his haunting vocals perfectly in their purest form.
Next up was the second track from the ‘Things Will Matter’ album. This one is called ‘Black Mire‘ and it is a classic Lonely The Brave tune. Doomy verses and a chorus that is made for shouting along to at gig.
Picking up the speed even more with ‘Radar‘, the Lonely The Brave lads threw a new banger at the crowd, which seemed to thoroughly enjoyed it as they started a bit of moshing and joined Dave in the chorus.
The next song that stood out to me was ‘Dust & Bones‘, which after only one listen I am convinced to state as my favourite track of the album so far.
This banger comes into your life at a mid tempo with a chorus made for singing along to, ideally in large groups at concerts. ‘Dust & Bone’ has a really good vibe to it that instantly gets you hooked and be like ‘Oh yeah, I am feeling this. More please!’.
Lonely The Brave seemed really excited to finally be able and share their new master pieces with the fans and therefore took no time to go through the track list, continuing with ‘Jaws Of Hell‘, ‘Boxes‘ and ‘What If You Fall In‘ which sounded equally amazing live.
Showing of their calmer side ‘Diamond Days‘ proofs just how versatile Lonely The Brave are. Taking a slower almost delicate approach to the song which saw guitarist Ross Smithwick join lead singer David Jakes on harmonies throughout the chorus which gives this song just the right amount of epicness.
Having played this song live already since Spring 2015, it was nice to see that the crowd really appreciated it finally being released.
The room was buzzing and the audience enjoyed being part of something special, as Mark, Ross, Gavin, Andrew and David went on and premiered ‘Play Dead‘, ‘Strange Like I‘ and ‘Tank Wave‘ for the first time live.
Recent single ‘Rattlesnakes‘ was the last song from ‘Things Will Matter’ that got the live treatment that night. Needless to say, the room went crazy and without doubt a lot of people already knew the lyrics by heart as they sang along from start to end.
Clearly there is a lot of love around for this track already! It is a proper banger, simply Lonely The Brave at their finest!
As the last chords slowly faded, the smile across the bands faces only grew wider. They were obviously relieved that the premiere of ‘Things Will Matter’ went down so well and the new material was being so positively received.
After this was out the way, Lonely The Brave treated their loyal fans to a few fan favourites of their debut album ‘The Days War’. Of course, those went down an absolute storm, as the crowd sang along every word.
After ‘Deserter’, shouts of ‘Backroads!’ and ‘The Blue, The Green’ erupted from the crowd as their fans didn’t want the show to be over before hearing the songs that kicked it all off for Lonely The Brave.
And as Lonely The Brave would never let their fans down the gig ended in an epic finale with everyone in the room singing their hearts out to ‘Backroads’ and ‘The Blue The Green’.
Just before walking off stage the band thanked their loyal fans once again for all the support and said that they couldn’t wait for the new album to be out soon.
All in all it is fair to say that Lonely The Brave’s second album ‘Things Will Matter’ is a beast! It sure does have that distinctive Lonely The Brave sound to it, however you can clearly tell that the band has grown and developed a lot from the start of their career.
This record has the right kind of mix of slower tracks and absolute bangers that hit you with full force and make you wanna shout the lyrics from a top of a mountain, so that everyone can hear the greatness of this album.
Lonely The Brave have done it and excelled themselves with ‘Things Will Matter’ in every way.
It is astonishing to see how far Lonely The Brave have come already. I genuinely had to remind myself a few times during the gig, that the band on stage is the same that once came into my life with ‘Backroads’ out of seemingly nowhere.
Standing there in the packed The Lexington and listening to the new songs for the very first time, yeah I’m not gonna lie, it did make me feel like a proud mum.
You can pre order the album here.