Bands that come along and put out near perfect records are few and far between. The Bravery is one of those bands that upon coming out received a heap of praise and was definitely well deserved. The hard working band was not a fluke, they took a very interesting sound and placed it well within the reach of the ears that were buying up Julian Casablanca’s 1970s rocker shtick and made it a bit more poppy. For those that aren’t familiar with Julian’s work, he’s the singer of The Strokes. Regardless, The Bravery put out a near perfect record in 2004, and it was self titled.
The Band’s first single “An Honest Mistake” received an incredible amount of airplay on cable television music channels, and it was even a hit on the stupid radio station Kroq. That was back when they were at least playing rock music, instead of repeating Lorde’s tracks every 25 – 30 minutes. No offense to Lorde, as if she cares, but it’s not a rock record, she’s not a rock singer, but is played on L.A.’s alternative rock station? I’ll digress.
The Bravery’s Self-Titled debut was nearly perfect because it had some incredible songs. Aside from the lead single, you also were treated to “No Brakes”, “Tyrant”, “Unconditional” and one of my personal favorite songs, “The Ring Song”. The throwback to a 1980s vibe, really meshed well for me and I absolutely loved this album. I even bought the vinyl records that accompanied the release, and dug their sound at the time. Even though record reviewers kept comparing them to The Strokes, I found that their sound was a bit more infused with 80s flavor, thanks to the keyboards, and synthesizers that came across quite well on tracks, including “Out of Line”.
With many bands, this one got a lot of flak and sold through a lot of records. The drummer was even featured on Cribs, if I recall. Overall, this is nearly perfect, because there are 2 songs on the album that are just awful. They stick out like a sore thumb and just don’t seem to mesh well with the rest of the album. It’s for that reason that I can’t say this one is perfect, but it is so good, that it still remains in heavy rotation for me. If you haven’t picked up The Bravery’s self-titled debut, than go back and listen to it, and relive the 2004 sound that seemed to change rock and pop for a long time.
Their sophomore release is also very good, and while they aren’t as big or popular now, they definitely came out of the gate with a highly enjoyable record. Oh and if you find “An Honest Mistake” on colored vinyl, pick it up and send it to your pal Sir Jorge (me), I sold it to a record store in Moscow, Idaho while getting money after a divorce.