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Gig Diary Part 1 - The Bravery (Hoxton Bar & Kitchen 1st Feb 2011)

Back in 2006/7 when the moon was made of cheese and people actually bought CDs! The Bravery were a band making a big noise, single 'Honest Mistake' had indie scensters flinging their combat themed attire round in delirious delight. Of course being something of a hardcore rock fan (not specifically a fan of hardcore rock) I sniffed at them and felt discomfort at the sight of their very centrally positioned hair styles.

Some 4 years on and I am sat wearing my mandigan thinking the band had all but vanished which to a large extent they had, but only from these shores. Contractual issues meant that their last album never made it to dear old Blighty (but is now on it's way!). As a result instead of playing venues like Brixton Academy the hip NY five piece last night found themselves at the more modest yet pretty funky surrounds of Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. The place was packed, more precisely the place was packed with very slight, young females jiggling about as their heroes plowed through a (just over) hour long set (some lucky girls got to grope the band and jiggle about on the stage during the encore) .

As I said before The Bravery were not a band I remembered liking, or even the type of band or music I liked, or thought I would like..... and yet on the night.... like them I did. Songs like 'Believe' and the wonderfully titled 'Hatef*ck' had me nodding my head with gusto and forcing me to swallow my previous huffy indie opinions of the band. Yep it be true Sam Endicott is a greatly endearing vocalist and frontman... and what's more it turns out the band have done some really awesome rocking tunes (most of which they played tonight).

So there you go, I am a 'The Bravery' convert and judging by the incredibly enthusiastic and young audience (who weren't even born 4 years ago) I wasn't the only one!

wait wait wait............ a worthy mention goes out to the support in the form of Transfer, who were also pretty great! So hurrah to them, and if you ever get to stand next to their giant of a lead singer in the gents, try not to sneek a peak to see if his wang is as big as his size 13 boots!

The Bravery are doing a residengcy at HBK and i'm gonna be nice and give out the dates and ticket links, despite no promoter or management people bugging me to do so!

 Sat Feb 5 - Newcastle, UK - Academy 2 - BUY TIX
 Sun Feb 6 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms - BUY TIX
 Mon Feb 7 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms – BUY TIX
 Tue Feb 8 - London, UK - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen  - BUY TIX  
 Thu Feb 10 - Bristol, UK – Thekla - BUY TIX
 Fri Feb 11 - Cambridge, UK - Haymakers - BUY TIX  
 Sun Feb 13 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge  - BUY TIX  
 Mon Feb 14 - Leeds, UK - Brudell Social Club – BUY TIX   
 Tue Feb 15 - London, UK - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen  - BUY TIX  
 Tue Feb 22 - London, UK - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen  - BUY TIX

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