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The Bravery (photo: Ged Camera)
The Bravery (photo: Ged Camera)

The Bravery at the Roadhouse

Ged Camera (user review)
"Are they a bit too Cure-ish?" "Well I don’t want to kill him, so I suppose not!" So speaketh Cath Aubergine, a woman who knows her music.

The Bravery @ the Roadhouse

  • Date: Mon 29 Nov
  • Review sent in by:
    Ged Camera

Yet like Interpol and Radio 4 before them, the influences are definitely visible at times, particularly in the semi strangled voice of The Bravery (as in being unafraid, especially of the future) front man Sam Endicott. So are the media machine, with reps from the Independent on Sunday, vying for a place alongside the snappers (me included!) inside a packed Roadhouse.

The Bravery (photo: Ged Camera)
The Bravery (photo: Ged Camera)

Mind you, with the nomadic roots of the individual members, (various states of the USA coalescing in New York before re-locating to their current London base) assimilation of eclectic influences is to be welcomed, though the red eye liner stripe a la REM front man Michael Stipe is possibly best left back in the make up purse

Impressively, for a short half hour set, one guitarist takes to the stage with 6 bottles of beer. So it's straight into the mangled guitars that are wrapped around the keyboards and noises produced by John Conway. Honest Mistake, Out Of Line and Swollen Summer are discarded with a vigour and a passion that should have the crowd moving more than just their heads ands toes.

The Bravery (photo: Ged Camera)
The Bravery (photo: Ged Camera)

They could be Radio 4 with pace, fun and vitality. Maybe they're somewhere closer to Razorlight with more pronounced keyboards, they talk about "noises in my
head" and "leaving it up to you". Fearless is a chirpy, uplifting affair, trying to bring  a forgotten slice of summer to a cold, November night

Eventually, the guitars break free and good old fashioned riffs are dispensed as each guitarist takes it in turn to stand on the (albeit floor mounted) speakers, but Endicott and co have been pacing the stage, striding into the crowd, taking their music to them all night. It's thirsty work.

Now, have they left any full bottles behind? No...

last updated: 02/12/04
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emily fox
i absoloutly love the bravery i went last night to the manchester acadamy it was by far the best gig i have ever been to. A photographer from the BBC was there and was takin some great pictures we also got talkin to her about her job. and to top it all off we met them afterwards it was fantastic!!!

Karen McBride
Hi Suzanne... I never normaly respond on the message board.. reviews need pictures.. I was there at that gig too.. the photographers stayed at the side of the stage.

i was at the roadhouse and the bravery were amazing! the only bad thing about the night was all the photographers pushing fans out of the way to get a snap..this means you ged camra!you were all really annoying to the real fans.

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