Brave The North – Bear EP
Confident and bold alt rock
Words: Phil Weller
Brave The North cook up a brand of rock n’ roll that is distinctly their own. Their take on the genre, with a nod to the likes of Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic commercial but vigorous approach, pertains an intrinsic ebb and flow and atmosphere that sets them apart from the white noise of their competitors. From the massive choruses and spiky guitar twists of Bears, to the Arcane Roots meets Brand New uplifting melancholy that breezes through Frozen, their Bear EP is inspired.
It’s fun and it’s powerful; the crashing chords of the opening track sound like sliding mountains, the melodies that soar above the punk-afflicted, early White Stripes referencing guitars of The Resistance memorable and infectious.
Biffy Clyro have just completed their first arena tour of the UK and what resonates across this EP is that this band can roll with the punches thrown by a band which is also due to top the bill at Donington Park in the summer. Quality wise, there is little to separate them. Flitting between bouncy indie moments, meaty riffs, rapturous crescendos and radio friendly choruses, wrapping it all up in a smart yet animalistic alt rock visage, the band’s possibilities feel as endless as that once tiny band from Kilmarnock.