Mark Trotter, guitarist with Cambridge five-piece Lonely The Brave, is sounding a little shell-shocked when we speaks to him.
Throughout 2013, the band have gone from hard- working unknowns to signing with Hassle Records, playing Hard Rock Calling and becoming new favourites of Download organiser Andy Copping.
âHe saw us in London at a little show and then offered us Download straight after,â explains Mark. âThen, about a week later, we got a phone call saying, âDo you wanna open for Bruce Springsteen?â We were like, âThis just doesnât happen. It doesnât make sense!ââ
It does, actually. In 2012, Lonely The Brave won the prestigious Songwriterâs Award at industry hoe-down In The City and itâs their knack for penning big, modern rock music thatâs got everybody hyperventilating. Itâs like when Biffy Clyro finally said, âSod it!â and made that album of Mountains-esque anthems youâve always wanted.
âWhenever weâre writing, we think weâre coming up with these really depressing songs,â confides Mark. âThen we listen back to it and itâs not really like that, itâs always got an element of hope to it.â
The first taste, Backroads EP, lands next month and thereâs a debut album, The Dayâs War, due in January. Itâs huge.
But itâs not just the writing: Markâs â89 Gibson SG and Sampson- era Matchless DC30 combine for
whopping rhythm tones. Heâs a big gear geek, and just as he didnât give up on the band, if Mark spies a guitar he wants, it will be his.
âIâve got a Fender Masterbuilt John English Stealth Esquire, which I use live,â he reveals, causing us to nearly fall over (English made Fenders for US presidents and Eric Clapton). âIâm so lucky to have that thing, man. I had to sell everything I own to buy it, but it was worth it!â Lucky? Maybe. Brave? Definitely.
You can catch Lonely The Brave on tour in January.