Legendary rock band comes to Riverwalk
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The Bravery is known for its contribution to New York City’s post-punk revival. Formed in 2003, the band is going strong and heads to Breckenridge Saturday.
The outfit began like many do; a couple college kids getting together (songwriter Sam Endicott and keyboardist John Conway) making music, in this case, under the name Skabba the Hut.
After picking up a few more musicians, playing in clubs and promoting themselves through thousands of posters pasted throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn and becoming one of the musical pioneers on MySpace, they made a name for themselves. They signed with Island Def Jam in the United States and Loog Records in the United Kingdom, then created controversy when bassist Mike Hindert exposed his painted genitalia at a New Year’s Eve party at a club in New York City. Needless to say, they caught the attention of Rolling Stone and MTV.
The musician’s debut came with a synth-heavy sound, which they later morphed in their second album, “The Sun and the Moon,” in 2007. However, a dispute with the Bravery’s U.K. label prevented its release. By that time, billboards hailing the band in London brought them fame akin to the Spice Girls, rather than a faceless indie band.
These days, the musicians are working on new tunes and spent part of last summer supporting Green Day on its 21st Century Breakdown North American Tour.
The latest sound includes a return to the early days of plenty of electronics – though Endicot says it comes out “very human” in its uptempo, fun, party atmosphere style. One song even has a touch of a 1950’s ballad feel.
Still, the musicians have a cutting edge, literally. Last year, they leaked a video for one of their songs portraying a female character wearing a gas mask and cutting sensitive body parts. The warped footage caused parental groups to send formal complaints to the band’s record label and management.
Nevertheless, the band’s tunes have appeared in media, from video games to television series such as “Prison Break” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
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