hmv.com reviews... Lonely The Brave @ Download Festival
Download Festival, the annual pilgrimage of thousands of rock and metal fans to a field just off the M1 to watch over 100 bands is here. hmv.com will be bringing you reviews and interviews from the festival across the weekend. Our second day at Download Festival continues over in the Pepsi Max Stage with rising rockers Lonely The Brave...
Lonely The Brave, purveyors of massive choruses and big riffs, one of the new bands we're most excited about.
Download Festival, over on the Pepsi Max Stage, mid-afternoon.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was probably three quarters full, which is not bad for mid-afternoon in one of the smaller tents. The crowd were well up for it though, clapping when asked to clap, cheering wildly and mostly standing there in wonderment.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It was a taut, 30-minute run, with all the band's early singles and a few cuts from the band's debut album The Day's War, which is due out in September, included. All clad entirely in black, the band played head down, bringing their Pearl Jam meets Smashing Pumpkins rock songs to life, with each euphoric chorus packing a mighty punch. Starting off with 'Call Of Horses', the band worked their way through 'Deserter', 'Trick Of The Light' and the closing 'Victory Line'.
Any good between song banter?
Lonely The Brave don't talk much, if at all, onstage. Singer Dave Jakes, who spent the majority of the band's early career stood at the back of the stage, was out front this time, but didn't talk to the crowd. The thank yous were given out by guitarist Mark Trotter.
Did they put on much of a show?
The frills in the Pepsi Max Stage are kept to a minimum, so all the band were able to bring was a big old black banner. Stark and defiant, it suited the whole thing.
What was the highlight of the set?
All the songs sounded fantastic, but recent single 'Trick Of The Light' was just electric, tender and anthemic, it's everything great about Lonely The Brave.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got a summer full of festivals, including Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds, you can expect another full UK tour later this year too.
hmv.com will be at Download Festival across the weekend of June 13th to June 15th, bringing you interviews and reviews.