Brave is a six-piece progressive/rock/metal band based in Washington, DC. Their unique fusion of sometimes disparate styles has made the band difficult to generally classify, and this is no more evident than on their new full-length album entitled ‘the calm | the storm.’ Despite not having a comfortable home genre on which to lean, Brave venture into musical compositions and themes without boundaries. The new album will be released on January 8, 2019, with live performances in the United States currently being scheduled throughout 2019. Members of Brave also play in the epic doom metal band While Heaven Wept, and DC-based rock band Unring the Bell.
The origins of Brave were formed by guitarist Scott Loose and drummer Trevor Schrotz in 1996 under the initial name ‘arise from thorns,’ during which they recruited Scott’s sister, Michelle Loose (Schrotz), as the lead vocalist. AFT was active from 1996 – 2000, and released two full-length albums—a self-titled record in 1997, and ‘before an audience of stars’ in 1999. Prominent members during this era also included Chris Welborn on bass, and Tom Phillips on guitar. In 2000, AFT changed its name to Brave as the band felt their music had progressed beyond their early work, and in order to capture a delineation in their evolution of sound.
From 2002 - 2004, Brave had several changes in personnel—Chris and Tom both left the band, and Brave were joined by its current members, Suvo Sur on violins/keys, Ben Kelly on bass, and Matt Kozar on guitars.
Throughout their career, Brave have had the opportunity to play a number of concerts in the United States, and have opened for such diverse acts as Opeth, Devin Townsend, Fates Warning, Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Lacuna Coil, Spock’s Beard, and many others.
To date, Brave have released the following recordings (please see the Music/Store sections for additional details):
- Waist Deep in Dark Waters (2001)
- Searching for the Sun (2002)
- Passages (2004)
- Monuments (2008)
- Lost in Retrospect (2009)
- Surrounds Me (single) (2014)
- the calm | the storm (2018)
Brave have just finalized the finishing touches on the new album, and as half are members of While Heaven Wept, are preparing for an upcoming WHW European tour in late 2018. The focus will re-shift to Brave in early 2019, where the band will be scheduling live performances throughout the new year.
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Trevor Schrotz - Drums
Ben Kelly - Bass
Matt Kozar - Guitars
Michelle Schrotz - Vocals/Keys
Scott Loose - Guitars
Suvo Sur - Violins/Keys
Photography by David Wright & Greg Picard