Fortune favours The Brave: the unexpected success of Australia's metalcore mob
Aussies The Brave have channelled British metalcore, via their homeland, to create something completely new
Rarely does a band emerge with a debut as fully formed and sonically assured as Brisbane’s The Brave. Following up on the promise of their 2014 EP, Endless, the metalcore mob have released Epoch – an exhilarating blend of passionate, pile-driving riffs and planet-sized choruses written to be bellowed in huge spaces. Immediately it established them on the famously tight Australian metal scene – not bad for a band who initially only intended to play a “few local shows”.
When Hammer catch up with vocalist Nate Toussaint, it’s clear he still can’t quite believe the reaction the band have had. “I remember the first practice where we got together,” he says disbelievingly down the phone from Sydney. “We said, ‘OK, let’s do this for a bit of fun, we don’t want to commit to anything.’ Then as time went on, people were saying they really liked our sound, so we did the album and it just snowballed.”