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da Bravery

The Bravery at the video shoot for "Believe".
Background information
Origin New York City
Genres Alternative rock, post-punk revival, dance-punk
Years active 2003–present
Labels Island Records
Website The Official Site of The Bravery
Members
Sam Endicott
John Conway
Anthony Burulcich
Michael Zakarin
Mike Hindert

The Bravery is an American rock band from New York City that consists of Sam Endicott (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Zakarin (lead guitar [also known as Moose], backing vocals), John Conway (keyboards, backing vocals), Mike Hindert (bass, backing vocals), and Anthony Burulcich (drums, backing vocals). Their music is a synthesis of both post-punk revival and new wave.

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History

Formation and rising fame: 2003

Frontman-songwriter Sam Endicott and keyboardist John Conway were classmates at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY in the late '90s. As freshmen, their musical partnership began inauspiciously, playing local bars in mock-ska band Skabba the Hut, which also included CSI: Miami star Jonathan Togo. The two went on to play together in numerous bands and recording projects, including new wave outfit Conquistador. Upon moving to NYC in early 2000s, Endicott joined power pop band The Pasties.[1] Leaving the band two years later, he switched from bass guitar to vocals and began writing music that would later become "The Bravery".

Guitarist Michael Zakarin joined after answering an advert in a local paper, and brought with him bassist Mike Hindert, a classmate of his from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Drummer Anthony Burulcich was living in Boston where he had studied percussion at Berklee College of Music. After the death of his sister, Burulcich moved back to his childhood home in Long Island New York to be with his family. On the day Burulcich was moving, while driving with his belongings in a U-Haul truck, Endicott called him. Endicott and Burulcich were introduced by mutual friends in NY band Bishop Allen.

The band played their first gig at the Stinger Club in Brooklyn in November of 2003. To promote their local shows, they manufactured 1,000 posters and 3 song samplers containing the songs "An Honest Mistake", "No Brakes" and "Public Service Announcement". Both items featured the iconic “Phoenix” image by New York artist C. Finley. The same artwork later became the cover of The Bravery’s debut album. The band self promoted themselves by handing out CDs and postering the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The band also promoted themselves on the internet and were one of the first bands on MySpace to have a profile. Their MySpace profile pointed to the thebravery.com where the same 3 songs were available as downloadable MP3s.[2]

Unconditional EP: 2004

After a few months of headlining and selling out small clubs, the Bravery booked a residency at the Lower East side club Arlene’s Grocery. The Bravery played every Thursday at 10pm in May 2004. Every show sold out and garnered the attention of many record labels. Around the same time, the band received their first radio airplay on the show 'Alter Ego' hosted by Paul Driscoll on the Boston's WFNX. Aaron Axeleson at Live 105 in San Francisco and Zane Lowe at BBC Radio 1 in the UK, also downloaded the MP3 of "An Honest Mistake" from thebravery.com. With three major radio stations around the world playing the MP3 of "An Honest Mistake" and sold out shows in New York, The Bravery signed in August 2004 to Island Def Jam in the United States and Loog Records in the UK.

For the month of November 2004, The Bravery moved to the Stoke Newington part of London. The band imported their residency idea to London playing every Thursday at The Metro Club in SOHO.[3] The band toured the entire UK, France and Holland between Thursdays. The band also opened shows for Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Razorlight.

Loog Records released the Unconditional EP, [4] a limited edition 3 song EP on CD and 12” vinyl containing the songs “Unconditional”, “No Brakes” and “Out of Line”. NME wrote, “Unconditional already has the time-worn feel of an indie classic.” [3] The cover was taken from C. Finley’s oil on canvas named “Colab.” “Unconditional” received heavy airplay on Radio 1 and XFM London. The band made their TV performance debut on Later with Jools Holland.[5] The band’s first NME feature, contained the headline "Raging Hedonists," [6] and exposed their reputation for drinking and partying.

The Bravery played New Year's Eve of 2005 at the Motherfucker Party[7] in New York City. Bassist Mike Hindert was almost arrested for stripping naked and exposing his genitalia, displaying a painted smiley face and the words “Happy New Years”.

The Village Voice proclaimed the Bravery to be "New York's Official Next Big Thing",[8] while MTV and Rolling Stone hailed them as an artist to watch. The band were also tipped in the BBC News website's Sound of 2005 poll as 2005's most promising act.[9]

The Bravery: 2005–06

The Bravery’s first single "An Honest Mistake", was released in the UK on February 28, 2005 and debuted at # 7 on the UK Singles Chart. The single reached # 12 on the US Modern Rock Chart. The CD single contained the b-side “Hey Sunshiney Day.” The 7” Vinyl contained the b-side “Hot Pursuit (Duet Version),” a duet with lead singer Sam Endicott and Gillian Conway (sister of keyboard player John Conway). The Bravery’s second single, "Fearless" was released in the UK on May 23, 2005. The single's slim line CD featured a cover of "An Cat Dubh" by U2 as the b-side. The b-side for the 7" vinyl was a cover of The Cars' "It’s All I Can Do". The DVD single contained the Fearless Video as well as Live Footage of "No Brakes" recorded at club Koko in London on March 1, 2005. C. Finley’s artwork entitled "Lady With A Blunt" was used as the cover art. The "Unconditional" single was released in the UK on August 29, 2005. The slim line CD single contained a Michael Brauer radio Mix as the A-side and a Benny Benassi dance remix as the b-side. The remix reached the top 10 on the UK dance charts. The Maxi single contained the b-sides "Oh, Glory" and "An Honest Mistake" remix by Superdiscount. The CD was enhanced with the video for "Unconditional". "Phoenix Girl", an acrylic and graphite drawing on paper by C. Finley’s was used for the cover art.

The Bravery, was released on March 14, 2005 in the UK (March 29, 2005 in the US). C. Finley’s painting “Phoenix” was used as the cover art. The first 10,000 copies in the UK were made with a silver foil cover and a black embossed Phoenix. The band was featured on the cover of the March 12th issue of NME. The album was released in Europe on April 4, 2005. The band was featured on the cover of the French music magazine Magic. Australia released the album on May 4. “An Honest Mistake” became a top ten hit on Triple J radio in Australia.

On May 28, 2005, The Bravery played three shows in one day taking a Helicopter from Homelands festival in Winchester, to Birmingham for Duran Duran's concert at the Birmingham City football ground, and then on to London. The Bravery’s last show of the day was the first of three sold out headlining shows at the Astoria.[10] On June 14, 2005, The Bravery supported the opening night of U2’s European tour in Manchester, UK.[11] During The Bravery’s opening song "Rites of Spring", the power failed on stage. The band left the stage coming back 10 minutes later, only to have the power shut off again. Bono wrote a letter to the band thanking them, stating "P.S. If you ever need anything, call Edge, Adam or Larry". The Bravery went on to support other European dates for U2 including a sold out 90,000 capacity Croke Park concert in Dublin on June 27.[12] The Bravery played at Glastonbury Festival on June 26, 2005. Their set was due to be aired live on BBC Three in the daytime, but had to be shown well after the watershed, as bass guitarist Mike Hindert stripped naked on stage due to the hot weather and threw himself into the drumkit to end their set.[13] A photo of Mike "Dirt" Hindert’s bum on stage with 40,000 people in the distance was featured in the following issue of the NME and Blender Magazine where Mike is quoted as saying "A bottle of Jager will usually do that to you. It wasn't the best showing of my life. I should get a girl to fluff me beforehand".[14] Dirt’s nakedness is now immortalized on film in Julien Temple’s Glastonbury The Film.[15] Throughout 2005, The Bravery sold out headlining shows all over the world and played some of the largest festivals including SXSW, Coachella Music Festival, Glastonbury and Lollapalooza. In November and December 2005 and January through March 2006, the band was the supporting act for Depeche Mode on their Touring the Angel world tour. The tour traveled all over the US, UK, Europe and even stopped in non-traditional touring countries like Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The Sun and the Moon and the remix edition: 2007–08

US modern rock radio stations received the CD pro for The Bravery’s first single "Time Won't Let Me Go" the same week as the band played in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and the SXSW festival. The single reached the Alternative Top Ten Hit in America.[16]

On May 22, 2007, The Bravery’s second album The Sun and the Moon was released, debuting at number 24 on the US album charts. Endicott describes the new album as a departure from the synth-heavy sound of their debut. The cover and artwork are candid photographs taken by Jo McCaughey and Drew King. Sam Endicott and art designer Andy West, took a newsprint/collage approach to the layout of the album. The Bravery's second single "Believe" reached number 4 on the US Alternative Charts in April 2008, eleven months after the original release of the album. "Believe" stayed at number 4 for six weeks, becoming the band's biggest radio hit to date.

Two weeks before the release, The Bravery played a number of special shows in New York City, including two secret shows on May 8 at Arlene's Grocery, the very club that the band credits as the club where they were discovered.[17] The Bravery toured extensively in the US, headlining dates until June. The band headed to Europe on their own headlining tour, stopping to play in Oxegen and T in the Park festivals. Between July and September, The Bravery supported Incubus on their outdoor amphitheatre summer tour. The band then supported The Smashing Pumpkins on their US theatre tour. In October, The Bravery headed to Mexico where they played Motorkr Festival in Mexico City.[18] They finished 2007 headlining more dates in the US.

iTunes announced The Bravery as the first artist ever to pre-release a different song every week prior to the album release. On February 19, 2008, the first single, a rerecording of "Believe" debuted on iTunes. A song a week followed: "This Is Not the End" was released on February 26, "Bad Sun" on March 4 and "The Ocean" on March 11.

While on the road, The Bravery continued working on "The Moon" recording on the back of their tour bus, in hotels and dressing rooms. In December 2007, The Bravery headed back into their New York City home studios to finish up their more raw and electronic version of the songs. In January 2008, The band announced the new release of The Sun and the Moon Complete, a two-disc set featuring "The Sun" (the original Brendan O’Brien produced 12 songs) and "The Moon" (the same exact 12 songs, in the same order, but re-imagined and re-worked by the band). The Sun and the Moon Complete was released on March 18, 2008. A new album cover and packaging accompany the two-disc set. The Bravery's single "Believe" reached number four on the Modern Rock Charts during the week of April 13, 2008. It is the highest chart position for the band in the United States. "Believe" stayed at number 4 for six weeks.

After a disagreement with the band's UK label, The Sun and The Moon was never released in the UK. Endicott addressed the issue for the first time in pubic during a feature in the November 4, 2009 issue of the NME. "The big thing was the BBC counted us as the best new band of the year and at that point our label lost it's shit. We got off a plane in London and there were billboards of us on the highway. Suddenly we weren't this indie band, we were the Spice Girls!" The band has since been in a legal battle with their UK label over the rights of The Sun and The Moon and the band's future releases.

Stir the Blood: 2009–present

Keyboardist John Conway posted on the band's blog that The Bravery were in the studio with producer John Hill, who has previously worked with Santogold and M.I.A., and that new tunes were "already taking shape". Throughout summer 2009, The Bravery performed songs from their forthcoming third studio album at various shows, including those whilst supporting Green Day on their 21st Century Breakdown North American Tour. These include 'Hatefuck' and 'Red Hands and White Knuckles'.

In a Billboard feature, Enidcott descibes the new album as "more like the first record (in 2005) in that there's a lot of electronics on it, but it still sounds very human. It's also like the first record in that it's a party album. It's uptempo, fun music, although it does have a range of things. There are slower, dreamy songs, and our bass player (Mike Hindert) wrote a song ('She Is So Bendable') that sounds like a '50s ballad."[19]

While recording the new album, Sam Endicott and John Hill co-wrote three songs for the new Shakira album, including the single "She Wolf" and "Men In This Town." [20] Endicott and Hill have also co-written a song for the new Christina Aguilera album.

First single "Slow Poison" debuted on the September 8, 2009. Sam called into these morning shows to debut The Bravery's new single. KROQ – Los Angeles, WRXP – New York, WFNX – Boston, The End – Seattle, 91X – San Diego, The Edge – Phoenix. The video for "Slow Poison" premiered on AOL Spinner Friday November 6, 2009.

On October 1, 2009, The Bravery leaked a video for their new song "Hatefuck" via the band's myspace page. The disturbing video was directed by bass player Mike Hindert and depicts a sadomasochistic scene where the female character wearing a gas mask cuts a vagina into the male character using a knife. Mermaid dolls then enter into the orifice. The video was banned by the band's record label. Parent groups including National Families In Action and National Federation of Parents sent formal complaints to the band's record label, agents and management.

During a radio station visit to 91x in San Diego on November 2, 2009, the Bravery's drummer Anthony Burulcich was unable to perform on air and in front of a studio audience due to intoxication. A roadie for the band filled in on drums. During the performance, Burulcich was found urinating in the air conditioning unit of a private office at the radio station. The San Diego Police Department was called. Burulcich was escorted out of the radio station's building.

Another new song, "The Spectator," was leaked on November 9, 2009 days before its scheduled November 12 debut on the CW Network's hit series The Vampire Diaries.

The Bravery headlined an entire North American tour prior to the Stir the Blood, December 1, 2009 release. Fans were able to meet the band after pre-ordering the album.

An iTunes pre-order for the album began on Tuesday, November 10. New song "I Am Your Skin" was made available to download when pre-ordering the album.

Another video directed by bass player Mike Hindert for the song "Sugar Pill," was released on November 19, 2009.

In other media

Discography

Studio albums

Remix albums

Singles

Year Title Peak positions Album
U.S.
[23][24]
U.S.
Mod

[23]
U.S.
Rock
U.S.
D/CP

[23]
UK
UK
Dance

2005 "An Honest Mistake" 97 12 7 The Bravery
"Fearless" 34 43
"Unconditional" 34 49 5
2007 "Time Won't Let Me Go" 124[I] 10 36 The Sun and the Moon
"Believe" 106 4
2009 "Slow Poison" 23 49 Stir the Blood
"Hateful"[3]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or have yet to chart.

Music videos

Released Song Director(s) Notes
December 2004 "Unconditional" Tyler Oliver US version: party[25]
Februray 2005 "An Honest Mistake" Mike Palmieri [26]
April 2005 "Fearless" Diane Martel [27]
July 2005 "Unconditional" Paul Gore UK version: bugs, crows and horses[28]
March 2006 "No Brakes" Tyler Greco [29]
April 2007 "Time Won't Let Me Go" Brad & Brian Palmer [30]
February 2008 "Believe" Goodtimes & Sam Endicott [31][32]
October 2009 "Hatefuck" Mike Hindert [33]
November 2009 "Slow Poison" Ryan Honey & Orion Tait [34]
December 2009 "Sugar Pill" Mike Hindert [35]

References

  1. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie "The Bravery Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  2. ^ The Deli – Interview with The Bravery
  3. ^ a b The Bravery – The Bravery : The Bravery – Album Reviews – NME.COM
  4. ^ The Bravery | Music Artist | Videos, News, Photos & Ringtones | MTV
  5. ^ YouTube – The Bravery Play Honest Mistake On Later With Jools Holland
  6. ^ Bravery to roll into town again – Rock and pop – Music – Entertainment – Manchester Evening News
  7. ^ URB Magazine: Urb Blogs
  8. ^ village voice > nyclife > Fly Life: New York's Official Next Big Thing: The Bravery by Tricia Romano
  9. ^ BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Sound of 2005: The Bravery
  10. ^ BBC – London – Entertainment – "We like playing shows"
  11. ^ U2 Manchester, 2005-06-14, City of Manchester Stadium, Vertigo Tour – U2 on tour
  12. ^ U2 Dublin, 2005-06-27, Croke Park, Vertigo Tour – U2 on tour
  13. ^ Sam Endicott Interview – One on One
  14. ^ Fearless – The Bravery Star'S Strip Mistake
  15. ^ Radiohead – Various : Music From Glastonbury The Film – Album Reviews – NME.COM
  16. ^ The Bravery: Billboard singles
  17. ^ The Bravery preview new album at secret shows | News | NME.COM
  18. ^ MOTOROKR Fest 07, Ciudad de México – Last.fm
  19. ^ [1]
  20. ^ [2]
  21. ^ Smashing Pumpkins tribute album tracklisting revealed | News | NME.COM
  22. ^ a b Billboard, Allmusic
  23. ^ a b c "The Bravery – Artist Chart History". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=646536&model.vnuAlbumId=942732. Retrieved 2008-06-16.  
  24. ^ "The Bravery – Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/searchResult.jsp?exp=y&Ne=4&inert=25&Ntt=The+Bravery&Ntk=Keyword&an=bbcom&nor=10&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&N=37+4294089322. Retrieved 2008-06-16.  
  25. ^ "The Bravery – Unconditional". Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/2298151. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  26. ^ An Tran (2005-07-29). "Behind the Music Video: Matt Uhry Shoots The Bravery and The Blood Arm". Cinematographer. United Entertainment Media. http://www.uemedia.net/CPC/cinematographer/printer_13497.shtml. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  27. ^ Steven Gottlieb (2005-04-07). "Booked: The Bravery – Diane Martel, director". Video Static. http://www.videostatic.com/vs/2005/04/booked_the_brav.html. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  28. ^ "Unreal effects from VTR". UK Screen Association. 2005-08-10. http://www.ukscreenassociation.co.uk/news/articles.htm?aId=351. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  29. ^ Stephanie Argy (November 2005). "Short Takes: An Artful Use of Fluorescents". American Cinematographer 86 (11): 76 ff. ISSN 0002-7928. http://www.stevenhuber.com/AC.html.  
  30. ^ "Project: The Bravery – Time Wont Let Me Go". Surround. http://www.surround.ws/site/thebraverymv.html. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  31. ^ Steven Gottlieb (2008-01-03). "Booked: The Bravery – Goodtimes/Sam Endicott, directors". Video Static. http://www.videostatic.com/vs/2008/01/booked-the-brav.html. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  32. ^ Steven Gottlieb (2008-02-13). "New Release: The Bravery "Something To Believe"". Video Static. http://www.videostatic.com/vs/2008/02/bravery-singer.html. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  33. ^ "The Bravery Post 'Disturbing' Video for "Hatefuck"". SMNnews. http://www.smnnews.com/2009/10/01/the-bravery-post-disturbing-video-for-hatefuck/. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  34. ^ "The Bravery, "Slow Poison" – Video Premiere". Spinner. http://www.spinner.com/2009/11/06/the-bravery-slow-poison-video-premiere/. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  35. ^ "The Bravery, "Sugar Pill" – Video Premiere". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX_1_ugJuxg.  

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Simple English

The Bravery is an American music group, from New York City, best known for their song "An Honest Mistake".









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