The first time I saw Lonely The Brave was in the wide open space of the SSE Hydro in their support slot for Twin Atlantic in May 2015. I was impressed by the noise they made and the power of David Jakes’ voice. So it was with all this in mind that I headed out to see if all that noise and power would fit into a jam packed King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow.
During the first couple of songs I was starting to have doubts – was my first impression a false one? It wasn’t long before my doubts were blown clean out the water. By the end of ‘Victory Line’ – song three of the set – the crowd was getting warm and vocal, and my worries were gone completely.
The band were also getting into their stride and the huge singalongs during ‘River River’, ‘The Blue, The Green’ and ‘Science’ were a joy to hear and it was clear this was spurring the band on even more. A huge highlight was their cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’. This is a special song for a lot of people and it was obviously also the case with everyone on the stage.
‘Trick of the Light’ had the venue jumping and ‘Backroads’ ended the one hour fifteen minute set with another roaring singalong. The show wasn’t over yet as the band eased back into an encore with ‘Call of Horses’ and raged the night to an end with ‘Black Saucers’.
So yes; all that noise and power did fit into King Tuts. This time it was compressed and concentrated on to an audience that gave just as much noise and power right back.
Lonely The Brave deserve to be massive, and when that happens I’m going to remember this night for a long time.