Last year, The Bravery gave its fans “The Sun and the Moon.”
But the album was missing one of those orbs.
Frontman Sam Endicott says the modern rock quintet from New York originally intended to offer two versions of each of the 11 songs on its second album, which was recorded with producer Brendan O’Brien in Atlanta and came out last May, debuting at No. 24 on the Billboard chart. The “Sun” version that was released was more straightforward, though warmer and more organic sounding than its predecessor, 2005’s “The Bravery.”
Its “Moon,” counterpart, meanwhile, was more experimental — and the subject of much conjecture until “The Sun and the Moon Complete” was released last month.
“I don’t think I was ever apprehensive,” Endicott, 29, says, “but I didn’t know how fans of our old stuff would feel, ’cause (‘The Sun ...’) was very different. And I think that some people were weirded out by it and some people were afraid that we had completely given up on the electronic stuff and dance beats.
“And that is not the case.”
He still wishes the two versions of the album were released together, as originally planned. But Endicott says the exercise was even more important than how the music was ultimately packaged.
“We were just more interested in trying new things,” he explains, “and I think that was good for us ‘cause we learned a lot, and now I think we have a much wider range of skills and ideas to play with.
“‘The Sun’ was us expanding our horizons, and now we can use that for the rest of our time as a band.”
The Bravery and Your Vegas perform Friday (April 25) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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