Story: Jack Foley
HOTLY-tipped New York rockers, The Bravery, continue their love
affair with Britain by announcing two more live dates in 2005.
The band will be playing London's Brixton Academy on November
28 and 29, 2005.
The five-piece first made a name for themselves with their brilliant
single, Unconditional, last year, when they also played
a sold-out show at London's Metro Club.
They will next be returning to the capital on May 28, when they
will be playing The Astoria (which is sold out).
The electro-rockers have quickly emerged as one of the hottest
tips for 2005, after coming top of a BBC News website poll of
music critics, DJs and schedulers to find the next big things.
The poll means they could well follow
in the footsteps of past winners, Keane and 50 Cent.
Singer, Sam Endicott, formed the band with the help of best friend
and keyboard player, John Conway, after drawing inspiration to
do so while on a beach in Amalfi, Italy.
He claims that the name of the band reflects its mandate - 'standing
tall and not being afraid'.
And he cites the band's main influences as post-hardcore US 1990s
bands such as Fugazi and Jawbox, and 'classic songwriting' bands
such as The Beatles and The Clash.
Certainly, off the strength of Unconditional and Honest
Mistake, with its instantly take-notice guitar riffs and
pulsating style, the early word seems justified - so it might
be worth booking early at the UK shows to avoid disappointment.