Brave Bird

Maybe You, No One Else Worth It

Written by: AS on 02/04/2013 11:46:02

At the time of this writing, the streets outside my apartment are cold and windy, with patches of clean, white, frosty snow here and there. It's March, and it is colder than March has any right to be. But inside my apartment, the sun is shining, it is June and I am enjoying the warm rays of the first summer sun while sharing a beer with old buddies, listening to my new friends Brave Bird.

Brave Bird is a band from Ann Arbour, Michigan who have just one release behind them, their self-released EP "Ready Or Not" from 2010. Consisting of lead singer and guitarist Chris, bass player Mike and drummer Mark, they signed to emo label Count Your Lucky Stars in the summer of 2012 and are now ready with their debut album "Maybe You, No One Else Worth It". The music is youthful and energetic, with fast, finger-curling guitar parts, impressive rhythmic drumming and solid bass work. What's really interesting, especially in this time of hyped up artists and pretentiousness, is that the entire record gives off a vibe of just having fun in general. Which is something special in its own right.

The formula is pretty consistent all the way through the album. The peculiar and endearing guitar work, that is a staple of the genre, is present on every track. The drums and bass actually make up a rythm-section that keeps the songs grounded, while the vocals, whether sung or shouted, alone or in group, are conveyed with such honesty, that even on the record's weaker songs, you can't help but crack a smile. The album does lose momentum towards the end, and there aren't many songs or parts that really stand out, but as an album it works.

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a fan of the modern emo, or 'Midwestern emo', coming out of the 'States these last few years. Bands like Snowing, Algernon Cadwallader, Merchant Ships, and most things with a Kinsella brother in them do not hold a special place in my heart. So keep that in mind when I say that I LOVE this album. Brave Bird have found a way to bridge the gap between Kinsella-core and early 00's emo like Brand New and The Get Up Kids and the result is a record that is so summery, fun and heart-warming that it just makes you want to get your best friends together and go outside.


Download: "Too Late Now", "Healthy Enough", "The Worst Things Happen To Me"
For The Fans Of: Brand New (on "Your Favorite Weapon"), The Get Up Kids, American Football, This Town Needs Guns

Release Date 12.02.2013
Count Your Lucky Stars

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