All of us are trying to find our place in the world, that much is true. Brisbane’s The Brave, however, are trying to capture time itself.
Their debut album Epoch is a sharp, widescreen demonstration of pure anthemia that wears its ambition proudly, and for vocalist Nathan Toussaint, guitarists Kurt Thomson and David Mead, bassist Daniel Neucom and drummer Brent Thomson it’s their stab at immortality.
“Each song has its place in time,” explains Toussaint. “Whether they’re lyrically set in the past, present or future, they all share that same common theme.
“An epoch is a defining moment or event in time that leaves a memorable mark in history, and for us that is exactly what this album is. It's a significant thing that has taken us from just being a local band having a bit of fun to a signed band with an album we are truly proud of.
“And now we have the potential to leave our mark in the music industry.”
Formed in 2013, The Brave came together with a single goal in mind – to make music to move people. Their 2014 EP Endless turned heads nationwide, and since then they have been refining their aspirant melodies and thudding riffs into what is now Epoch.
And to really go down in history, the band dug deep to create something of true power that has resonance beyond its own borders. The songs themselves might have been drawn from Toussaint’s own experiences, but there’s a universality to them that shares DNA with everyone from Bring Me The Horizon and Architects to Deftones and Northlane.
“Probably one of the more personal songs on the album is Searchlights, which I wrote about the loss of my cousin Ryan in 2007. It was such a defining moment in my life that changed not only my life, but the lives of all of my family forever,” the frontman explains quietly.
“I'd actually written the song quite a while ago before the album was recorded but I was holding onto it tightly, waiting for the right song to come along that meant I could finally put the lyrics to music. It was such an emotional song to record, and at times I found it hard to actually get the words out, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. It holds a really special place in my heart.”
The glorious thing about Epoch is that Searchlights is accompanied by another 10 dauntless hymns to hope and love. It’s big-picture emoting is matched by the likes of Break Free and the heroic Dreamless (featuring Northlane’s Marcus Bridge), while Ignited Youth takes a sober look at the human cost of global conflict.
Thanks to their truly collaborative writing process, every member of The Brave has their finger prints on each track, hence the break-neck switch from catchiness to heaviness, often within the space of a single chorus.
And in order to reach the heights they aimed for, they took themselves right out of their comfort zone and put themselves on the line.
“It was stressful, frustrating and physically draining for all of us,” states Toussaint, “but at the end of the whole process we were all so happy and proud of what we had achieved and were so glad we had been pushed to our limits.”