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The Bravery Seeks A Deeper Beat You Can Dance To

By Gary Graff
Of the Oakland Press

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With is 2005 debut album, the Bravery introduced the pop mainstream to electroclash, a kind of dance-rock with roots in early '80s New Wave.

But as the title of its just-released sophomore set, "The Sun and the Moon," implies, the New York quintet had a broader spectrum in mind this time.

"The first record we intentionally made each song a dance song, like a party from beginning to end," says frontman Sam Endicott. "This one was more about anything goes; whatever comes out, we'll just roll with it.

"So if someone wrote as low song, cool. If there's a rock song, cool. There's even some acoustic songs. So stylistically it's a lot more eclectic. We weren't limiting ourselves in any way."

What hasn't changed, Endicott, 26, contends, is the Bravery's sonic ambitions. And working with producer Brendan O'Brien in Atlanta allowed the band to feed its jones for "new sounds and new textures to put into rock 'n' roll."

"The first album we just used what we had access to, which was a lot of these weird old (synthesizers)," he says. "This one we wanted to find more new sounds. There are still a lot of synths, 'cause we still love that, but we also talked about sounds that we'd hear in other songs that we really liked and would like to have a chance to mess around with.

"So we got our hands on all these different instruments and threw them in the studio and kind of locked ourselves in, painted over the windows, grew beards, didn't talk to anybody -- just kicked it in total recluse style for a couple months and messed around with everything. It was great."

The Bravery, Cinematics and the Photo Album performs Saturday (May 26th) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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