Lonely The Brave today continue to share new music from their highly-anticipated new album What We Do To Feel. New single ‘Long Way’ follows ‘Victim’, ‘The Bear’, and the album’s surging lead single ‘The Lens’, which won early support from Kerrang! Radio and multiple BBC Radio 1 shows. The stage is set for next month’s album release. What We Do To Feel promises to give power to the everyday, often unremarked upon moments in our lives.
True to the album’s messages of hope, togetherness and unity, ‘Long Way’s bright and optimistic energy makes for the perfect LP opener. Guitarist Ross Smithwick says: “Musically it was a track that came together with a feeling that it offered a really positive vibe, it’s maintained a riff but certainly moves away from the dark.” Vocalist Jack Bennett adds: “Lyrically, it’s a bit of an exploration of the commitment of relationships and the desire to keep going no matter what.”
What We Do To Feel is an album of hope, hardship, hurdles and gratitude, and looks to give genuine purpose to normality. It reiterates that the things we care about and the things we put our time into make us who we are, and so when the album process became the first time the band had been so separate from each other, the ethos was to wrench as much joy from those moments as possible. It also allowed the band the chance to step away and view their work with a wider lens, active in its creation but following rather than forcing it to become something it didn’t want to.
Guitarist Mark Trotter comments: “You can plan it out as much as you want, but you’re just along for the ride. That’s the most exciting part, seeing what it decided to be. With this album, we’re certainly more mature as people and as a band. That makes sense with everything that has happened since our last one.”
Pre-order / pre-save new album What We Do To Feel here.
Lonely The Brave have also announced a run of headline tour dates for Feb 2024, with support to come from Tom A Smith.
Lonely The Brave – UK Headline Tour Feb 2024
Wed 7 Feb – Chalk, Brighton, UK
Thu 8 Feb – The Fleece, Bristol, UK
Fri 9 Feb – The Globe, Cardiff, UK
Sat 10 Feb – Garage, London, UK
Wed 14 Feb – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Thu 15 Feb – SWG3, Glasgow, UK
Fri 16 Feb – Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Sat 17 Feb – Cluny, Newcastle, UK
Thus 29 Feb – J2, Cambridge, UK
Before their headline run however, the band will also be performing a series of special instore / outstore shows as What We Do To Feel is released. Tickets for the tour and album release shows are available now from the band’s website here.
Album Release Shows
Nov 10th – Banquet In The Round, Kingston *
Nov 11th – Truck, Oxford ^
Nov 12th – Relevant Records, Cambridge ^
Nov 13th – Portland Arms, Cambridge * – SOLD OUT
Nov 14th – Crash, Leeds ^
* Full band performance debuting songs from the new album
^ Acoustic performance
Where 2021’s resurgent third album The Hope List brought with it a resounding optimism under the threat of internal and external pressures, on What We Do To Feel the band invoke something grand yet intimate, overtly powerful yet deeply personal, fuelled by care, clarity and consideration for ourselves and each other.
In understanding that worlds and lives aren’t always defined by seismic shifts but instead through the celebration of everyday victories, something can be created that is greater than the sum of its parts. Lonely The Brave made their name as masters of being able to reach inside and snatch experiences that feel universal, and with What We Do To Feel they emerge skilled in translating the minutiae of everyday life into lasting moments of communal joy.