Live Review... Lonely The Brave and Fatherson
Lonely The Brave have been on rapid success since the release of their debut record The Day's War, an LP of stadium-filling anthems from start to finish. The five-piece returned last week with their second record Things Will Matter and there was no better way to celebrate than a huge hometown show at Cambridge's Corn Exchange. Fatherson take to the stage before Lonely The Brave to provide a set stronger than anyone was expecting. New songs were comfortably mixed with old attracting a crowd to fill into the venue from the bars. Their stage presence is clear and grows as they move through the set and bassist Marc Strain engages with a crowd of mostly new fans. Ross Leighton's distinctive Scottish accent through his voice is apparent and adds a strong touch to their strong rock songs. By the end of the set Fatherson have easily won over the crowd and I was half expecting some to chant for more.
As the moment comes for Lonely The Brave to play without-a-doubt their biggest headline show to date there's a strong anticipation in the crowd. Local fans fill the front rows showing adorning support for Cambridge's strongest band. Much like the albums, Lonely The Brave are loud, powerful and driven live. Frontman David Jakes has come far since I first saw him. His presence is clearer and voice is stronger, and playing tonights show is no doubt a huge accomplishment for Jakes considering his stage anxiety. His progression is admiral.
The band's set is strong and new songs go down a treat despite the album being just hours old, though the stand out moment was The Blue, The Green. It's a highlight moment for the Cambridge scene with a crowd ranging from young daughters to long haired rockers with "Lonely The Brave" painted on the back of old leather jackets. Lonely The Brave deserve to have their head held high after that show, it was something to be proud of.