Disclaimer: If you haven’t listened to Lonely The Brave before now just stop everything you’re doing and do yourself a favour. Okay? Sweet, review time.
Following the release of 2016’s acclaimed Things Will Matter – the sophomoric effort from this Cambridge quintet – Lonely The Brave look to flesh out their catalogue of auditory goodness by adopting a more traditional take on music marketing. Instead of regarding this release as an EP, it’s almost as if it would be more apt to see this as the full release of Diamond Days as a single, accompanied by B-sides.
Diamond Days is, of course, plucked from the band’s previous LP and rightly so – the sweeping reverberation radiates from both guitars in Lonely The Brave’s setup in an effortless manner. A rolling, snare-heavy drum beat accompanies the guitar work, all the while being perfectly complimented by a smooth and sensible bassline. As is the case with a number of LTB’s tracks, the show is stolen by the truly unique vocals of David Jakes. Every note emulating from his pipes is raw with pure emotion and I could not praise this man any higher. All these features combined make for a track that is a certain standout on an album littered with highlights.
The tracks that follow on this EP are good. Once again, Two Heads is somewhat carried by Jakes’ vocals – the chorus is bouncy and catchy enough to make for a good listen, however, the remainder of the song just feels slightly flat. It is a good song, but it certainly has a vibe that suggests it didn’t quite make it on the track listing for Things Will Matter. The third track offers something a bit punchier. Collider begins with a drum beat that carries through the majority of the song – it jars in the best way possible – the staggered nature of the pattern is just enough to keep us listeners on edge whilst we remain in a state of sonic-comfort as a result of the melodic song-writing the Lonely The Brave are so proficient in.
The EP closes with a cover of The Walkmen’s indie-punk hit The Rat and in typical fashion, LTB adopt their own take on the track by injecting a fluency that was somewhat absent in the original. The lyrics “When I used to go out, I’d know everyone I saw. Now I go out alone if I go out at all” are resounding and provoke a melancholy that is second-nature to Lonely The Brave.
All in all, Diamond Days EP makes for great listening. Despite this, it doesn’t offer us fans anything that we haven’t already heard on the full releases that Lonely The Brave have graced us with throughout their careers. I eagerly await the next committed product from this outfit but until then, this EP will fill in the gaps nicely.