The Bravery

I love this time of year, and I love it even more when radio station K-Rock puts on their annual shenanigans. They always know how to do Christmas right. Seeing that this packed room of K-Rock employees and overzealous fans rushed to the front lines to see The Bravery take the stage at this homecoming show at Bowery, the night obviously did not disappoint.

It’s a good sign of a band’s success when it’s nearly impossible for a photographer to get in the front to snap a few shots. Fans just weren’t going to let anyone obstruct their view of the night’s main attraction, even for a second.

I was lucky enough to see these guys support Incubus for two dates in August at Jones Beach and PNC Arts Center, which were epic, but tonight’s show was special… more intimate, and without the usual spinning golden rays and lighting rigs that don other Bravery gigs.

Seeing this show was like seeing The Bravery in action in the beginning. It was all about loyal fans, a crowded room, and good ol’ rock n’ roll.

Sam Endicott immediately tore into the band’s hit, “Fearless”, which got the crowd moving like mad. Sam himself was armed with his side-swaying leg moves, great energy, and ferocious bouncing around; it all just made you really want to get up on stage with him.

I always crave the song “Believe”, and so did fans, as guitarist Michael Zakarin strutted down center stage, opening into that unabashedly addictive riff.

Throughout the set, Sam’s vocals were playful and warning, sweeping into opulently textured songs like “This Is Not the End” and “Time Won’t Let Me Go.”

When the band exploded into “An Honest Mistake”, the room was totally revved up. On came the encore and summer anthem “Unconditional”, with Ant’s incredible live drums and Mike’s prowess straddling his guitar. The band gladly hammed it up for fans, and it was the perfect end to a stellar night, proving once again that The Bravery are here to stay.

The band’s sophomore album, The Sun and The Moon, is very much a continuation of The Bravery’s debut. It may hold a little less synth, yet it still retains that new wave/punk vibe of the late early 1980′s, which always gets a crowd moving. Tonight’s “back to roots” show was a warmer, statelier set that seemed somehow more grown up.–Aishah Roberts /photos by Aishah Roberts




Make sure to catch the Bravery on their US tour through Jan and Feb

The Bravery


Jan 16 2008 8:00P
Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado
Jan 17 2008 8:00P
Bluebird Theatre Denver, Colorado
Jan 18 2008 8:00P
Belly Up Aspen, Colorado
Jan 19 2008 8:00P
Club Sound Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan 22 2008 8:00P
Big Easy Boise, Idaho
Jan 23 2008 8:00P
Big Easy Spokane, Washington
Jan 24 2008 8:00P
Richard’s On Richards Vancouver, British Columbia
Jan 25 2008 8:00P
Neumos Seattle, Washington
Jan 26 2008 8:00P
Aladdin Theater Portland, Oregon
Jan 28 2008 8:00P
The Boardwalk Sacramento, California
Jan 29 2008 8:00P
House Of Blues Anaheim, California
Jan 30 2008 8:00P
House Of Blues San Diego, California
Jan 31 2008 8:00P
House Of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 1 2008 8:00P
The Clubhouse Tempe, Arizona
Feb 2 2008 8:00P
The Rock Tucson, Arizona
Feb 5 2008 8:00P
Emo’s Austin, Texas
Feb 6 2008 8:00P
Granada Theatre Dallas, Texas
Feb 7 2008 8:00P
Warehouse Live Houston, TX, Texas
Feb 8 2008 8:00P
Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Feb 9 2008 8:00P
Roxy Atlanta, Georgia
Feb 12 2008 8:00P
Opera House Toronto, Ontario
Feb 13 2008 8:00P
Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
Feb 14 2008 8:00P
20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, Ohio
Feb 15 2008 8:00P
Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio
Feb 16 2008 8:00P
Agora Ballroom Cleveland, Ohio
Feb 18 2008 8:00P
Paradise Rock Club Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 19 2008 8:00P
Paradise Rock Club Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 21 2008 8:00P
Terminal 5 New York, New York

  1. Nice article but please get the facts right. Tyrant and Swollen are from the fitst album and honest mistake was released about four years ago.
    But keep supporting though,