The Bravery Biography

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The HQ is on the corner of Mott and Broome, on the edge of New York’s Chinatown. Push through the graffiti-ed door, clamber up the rotten stairs, past the sweatshops and you’ll find the place. It’s where The Bravery have spent the past two years planning operations, obsessively working up their wirey garage-electronics and occasionally venturing out into the city to play the results.

Their first gig was in The Stinger Club in Brooklyn in 2003. 12 months later, their name was plastered all over the Lower East Side to celebrate a sold-out residency at Arlene Grocery on Stanton. In that time, The Bravery (and that’s singer/guitarist Sam Endicott, guitarist Michael Zakarin, bassist Mike H, keyboardist John Conway and drummer Anthony Burulcich) had honed their sound to a dark garage-electro and made sure everyone knew what they were all about.

“We’re called The Bravery because that’s the mindset I was in when I was writing the songs,” explains Sam now. “Everyone in my age group wants to know what they’re going to do with their lives. They all think that they’re worth nothing and they’re heading nowhere. People are drowning in these thoughts and I just got sick of it. I didn’t want to be like that.

“The name is also connected with living in New York in this really weird time. People are constantly waiting for something bad to happen. I wrote these songs and formed this band to make sure I didn’t get overcome by that sense of fear. That’s what this band is about – standing tall and not being afraid.”

Sam has no time for excuses. He grew up in Maryland, in the DC suburbs, and was heavily influenced by the area’s intense post-punk scene. He’d go and see bands like Fugazi and Jawbox and be impressed by their DIY ethic. He quickly adopted it as his own philosophy and it’s something that feeds directly into The Bravery. They do everything – they make the records, the artwork, the videos, everything. They know what they want and how they want to do it.

“I don’t really like mainstream music at all,” admits Sam. “When I listen to the radio or watch MTV, 99% of it is like listening to an air-conditioner or a hair-dryer. Sometimes, though, something comes along that jolts you. When I was growing up, it was bands like Nirvana and Jane’s Addiction. Those bands elevate culture. I don’t think there’s any point in aiming for anything less.”

One thing that sometimes puzzles people about The Bravery is why they sound electronic when all the bands they like are punk guitar bands. Sam doesn’t know why they sound like they do. He just wanted to do something different.

Of course, the circumstances in which they recorded their album (most of it was constructed in Sam’s bedroom with Radio Shack mics and an old iMac) and the fact that Sam’s best friend John Conway is totally obsessed with analog keyboards obviously helped shape their sound.

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Love them. | Reviewer: jonny | 12/14/2006

They are like the coolest band ever! I mean "Honest Mistake" is like the best friggin song ever! Im only 11 and im already hooked on their music!

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my new favorite | Reviewer: Andrea | 12/8/2005

Just saw them in concert with Depeche Mode...AWESOME! This is just the beginning!!

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: Espen | 6/29/2005

My God, The Bravery has to be the best band out there! It just has to be! It's just...purely awesome. My favorite songs are Swollen summer, Tyrant, An Honest Mistake (it was the first song I heard by The Bravery, and one of the best), Rites of Spring, No brakes...hehe. No, but there's no way to explain their greatness, it's so great.

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Awesome Band and Album! | Reviewer: Nicklas | 6/20/2005

This is probably some of the best i've ever heard, from the first time i heard "honest mistake" on mtv late at night i've loved them. The powerful intro of the song caught my attention right away, now i enjoy all the songs on the album. Usually i only like a couple of song from an album, but trust me all the songs are great. Favourites are: HONEST MISTAKE, unconditional, out of line, fearless, swollen summer, aoc, no brakes... haha! //Nicklas from Sweden ;)

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bravery are da best! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/19/2005

omygod!! the bravery are the best band evvveeerr! im always litenin to them on my mp3 and my computer and got my sister to look out for some of there old stuuf which is amazin!i really cant believe theyre so unheard of over here! some of my friends dont even know who they are and are still listenin to stupid groups like westlife-how sad is that?! i cant wait till this kind of music is dominating the charts kuz i really cant get enuf of them!!!o and im goin to see them nxt year when they tour ireland--luvin it luvin it luvin it!!

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AWESOME | Reviewer: Jon | 3/20/2005

just completely awesome!!! an honest mistake, no brakes, and fearless are my favorite ones. the debut album is gonna be CRAZYYY!!!!

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OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMFG!!!! | Reviewer: cup &shoe | 3/9/2005

i LOVE the bravery sooooo much, theyre the best stuff ive heard around for abosoulutely ages. nothing seemed to take my interest, when i was flicking through the music channels and i saw the start of some strange black, white and yellow video starting with a dominoe(an honest mistake), it made me so curious i wanted to see what would happen next. when i did i nearly cracked up because it was so funny how the dart missed the target in the end. and their faces!! XD well anyways when i saw it again i listened to the song more and i absoulutly loved it. its was so different to any thing else. i became obssesed and had to find out more about them and saw they were going to perform and sign in hmv in london. of course i had to go and see them and get the single. they are amazing!! im just upset i hadnt noticed them sooner with their first song unconditional. cant wait for the album!!!!

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