Brave Rival – Music News

I saw Brave Rival live three times and each time I came away a little more impressed. To say that I was eagerly awaiting the release of this album is an understatement.
Unfortunately due to Covid the album, which should have been recorded in 2020, was only recently tracked but it looks like the wait was worth it – it’s a great album from the opening notes of ‘Heart Attack’ faded out at the end of the title track and has stuck with my player since I got it.

At first glance, the only thing that really sets them apart from many other up-and-coming rockers is the use of two female lead vocalists. But the pure attack and joy that emanates from their music is completely invigorating and the quality of their playing is breathtaking. They rock like beasts and the Blues at the soul of their sound is strong and powerful. The songs are well written and suit their style perfectly and the whole thing is awesome.

The band consists of guitarist Ed Clarke, bassist Billy Dedman, drums by Donna Peters, and lead vocals by Chloe Josephine and Lindsey Bonnick. The formidable Jonny Henderson (Ian Siegal, Matt Schofield, Boom Band, Elles Bailey) was brought in on keyboards (I suspect he could be added for future live dates as he adds a massive element to a few of the songs) and the entire package was produced by rookie producer Tarrant Shepherd, an up-and-coming control room maestro who cut his teeth with Brit Award-winning producer Greg Haver and award-winning multi-platinum producer and engineer Clint Murphy.

Frankly, there’s no single track that stands out – every track deserves attention and, frankly, kicks ass.
‘Heart Attack’ is a monster single, ‘Run And Hide’ is brooding and powerful, ‘Life’s Machine’ is dark, beautiful and deeply emotional and ‘Break Me’ (always a live favourite) is a superb ballad with a fabulous solo by Ed.

My top ten list is already almost complete and the addition of this one takes over, but it deserves it because it’s a stunning album and really has no weaknesses.