Brighton’s The Brave Faces follow up their impressive debut ‘In The Dark’ (premiered by me earlier this year) with ‘Lots of Nights Out’, another pure pop indie delight.

The song captures the ennui of being out with people you don’t particularly like, with a sly sense of humour and a witty turn of phrase:

Lots of nights out

trying to impress

people I don’t care for

in an effort to undress

Lots of nights out

trying to undress

people I don’t care for

in an effort to impress

The lead singer of the band says of the lyrics:

Lots of Nights Out’ is about getting to an age by which you’d always thought you’d have it all figured out, but you still haven’t. You’re in pain, you’re worried about getting old and you feel directionless.

It explores and critiques the only ‘medication’ I had at my disposal at that time of my life: going out and getting drunk. It’s from the perspective of someone reflecting on their lifestyle, talking about the time they spend trying to escape and impress other people. This track is about taking a step back and seeing this mentality for what it was to me — fun, but ultimately exhausting and damaging. The end of the song tries to encourage anyone in a bad spot that things can and do get better”.

This observational style and the baritone singing brings to mind, of course, The National, but as I have mentioned in my previous review, this does not define the band.

The urgent bubbling music has a unique timbre: conveying the urgency of youth and anticipation of life ahead. The Brave Faces play with interweaving instruments that shimmer and sparkle and create spaces and layers underneath the yearning, melancholic vocals. It is enticing and hypnotic:

You can get the single through the link above or download/stream from your preferred platform here.

Feature Photograph: Ian Howorth