The Brave have unveiled their brand new single “Dreamless” from their soaring debut album Epoch, set for release August 5 via UNFD. Featuring Marcus Bridge from Northlane, ‘Dreamless’ reflects on a time when frontman Nathan Toussaint was experiencing a troubling bout of insomnia.
Filmed when Bridge touched down in Brisbane during the Equinox tour, Toussaint says the Northlane frontman was a natural fit for “Dreamless” with his incredible vocal range. “I wrote Dreamless about when I was going through a pretty tough time in my life and sleep pretty much became a non existent thing for me. When I finally did get some sleep I was still waking up feeling as if I hadn’t slept in days… It was just adding to the issues I was already trying to deal with and was just building up . I didn’t feel like the person I used to be, I felt like a bit of a zombie just walking around aimlessly.
“When Dreamless started to really come together I knew straight away that was the song for Marcus to feature on,” Toussaint continues. “It was amazing to watch him do his thing in the studio, I’ve never seen someone just come in and nail take, after take, after take and then bust out all these amazing harmonies at the drop of a hat… It was crazy!”
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.”
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. 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, 30 Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park and Architects to Deftones and Northlane.
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.
Epoch is available now for pre order via 24hundred and iTunes.