Lonely The Brave today continue to share new music from their anticipated new album What We Do To Feel. New songs ‘Victim’ and ‘The Bear’ are out now, and follow the album’s lead single ‘The Lens’ which won early support from Kerrang! Radio and multiple BBC Radio 1 shows and set the tone for an album that promises to give power to the everyday, often unremarked upon moments in our lives.
‘Victim’ and ‘The Bear’ lay out two different sides of the band’s approach on the new album, the former casting looming guitars on top of a song that Jack Bennett says is for “Those times when you feel like the world is against you”. Guitarist Mark Trotter goes on to say of the brooding, introspective and triumphant album closer ‘The Bear’ that it “alludes to discussion around the anxiety and fear associated with potential loss of a loved one, and the release of *that* emotion when that comes good.”
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.
Lonely The Brave
What We Do To Feel
1. Long Way
2. The Lens
3. Our Sketch Out
5. Colour Me Sad
6. The Ramp
7. In The Well
10. The Bear