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.
“He saw us in London at a little show and then offered us Download straight after,” explains Mark. “Then, about a week later, we got a phone call saying, ‘Do you wanna open for Bruce Springsteen?´ We were like, ‘This just doesn´t happen. It doesn´t make sense!´”
It does, actually. In 2012, Lonely The Brave won the prestigious Songwriter´s Award at industry hoe-down In The City and it´s their knack for penning big, modern rock music that´s got everybody hyperventilating. It´s like when Biffy Clyro finally said, ‘Sod it!´ and made that album of Mountains-esque anthems you´ve always wanted.
“Whenever we´re writing, we think we´re coming up with these really depressing songs,” confides Mark. “Then we listen back to it and it´s not really like that, it´s always got an element of hope to it.”
The first taste, Backroads EP, lands next month and there´s a debut album, The Day´s War, due in January. It´s huge.
But it´s not just the writing: Mark´s ´89 Gibson SG and Sampson- era Matchless DC30 combine for
whopping rhythm tones. He´s a big gear geek, and just as he didn´t give up on the band, if Mark spies a guitar he wants, it will be his.
“I´ve got a Fender Masterbuilt John English Stealth Esquire, which I use live,” he reveals, causing us to nearly fall over (English made Fenders for US presidents and Eric Clapton). “I´m so lucky to have that thing, man. I had to sell everything I own to buy it, but it was worth it!” Lucky? Maybe. Brave? Definitely.
You can catch Lonely The Brave on tour in January.