A sense of curiosity and wonder shoots through the layers of Brave Face’s new self titled debut album. Like radiant lightning, the songs on this album provides a sense of illumination and starkness, such as the furious percussion and splintered-sounding guitars on ‘You Me & The Grateful Dead’ in contrast to transcendental beauty of the first single ‘Any Other Love’.
The three core members of Brave Face first met in Melbourne in the late-2000's. Following the tangential fits and starts typical of early music projects, the ensemble took definitive shape in late 2012 and have since signed to local taste label First Love Records. Fueled by the songwriting partnership of Jakob Kagan and Chris Wright (Morning After Girls, Dirt Farmer) and completed by drummer Thomas Van Der Vliet (The Endless Party). Brave Face have conjured a debut album possessed with as much playful joy as it is with devastation. The album is coloured with layers of surprising instrumentation that include full-sounding synth arrangements, dreamy, shape-shifting percussion; as well as a filtering of disparate influences – from the quiet elegance of The Beach Boys to the casual flair of contemporaries such as Real Estate and Wild Nothing.
Since their recent establishment, Brave Face has been invited to perform alongside acclaimed acts such as Machete Moon, Gareth Liddiard, The Laurels, The Grand National, The Shiny Brights, Jimmy Hawk and the Endless Party and The Messengers.
Debut album available May 17th - First Love Records / MGM
released May 17, 2013
Oh Sarah, Slick, Low Tide and Something Old Something New - Recorded by Nao Anzai at Sound Park. Mixed by Nao Anzai at Reel 2 Real HQ, Clifton Hill.
Any Other Love, You Me and the Grateful Dead, I'm Trying To Tell You and She's My World - Recorded by Tim West at SAE, Port Melbourne. Mixed by Tim West at Chateau de Dirt Farmer, Brunswick.
All songs mastered by Nao Anzai at Reel 2 Real HQ, Melbourne, Australia.
Additional personnel - Pat Oram, Matthew Hickey, Nic Dupliex-Pyke: Sha la la's on 'She's My World'. Nao Anzai - Organs on 'Low Tide'.