Brave Rival — „Life’s Machine“ (May 6th, 2022)UK FLAG                                                   Brave Rival — „Life’s Machine“ (May 6th, 2022)
⌊   „Byla jsem naprosto unesena tím, co Jonny přinesl do určitých skladeb,“ říká spolu~leaderka a vokalistka Lindsey Bonnick. „Nechali jsme ho, aby udělal jeho věc s písněmi jako Heart Attack, Guilty Love a Without You, prostě jsem si je teď nedokázala představit bez jeho charakteristického vkusu!“
⌊   Brave Rival je nový kvintet pocházející z Portsmouthu, který byl nedávno nominován na cenu „Nejlepší začínající bluesový umělec roku“ v UK Blues Awards 2022. Hádám, že jsou spolu od roku 2019 a jsou mnohem víc než „just Blues“ (moje závorky), hrající široký mix blues~soulového a přitom plného klasického rocku, který osloví hudební fanoušky napříč žánry. Life’s Machine je jejich velmi působivé debutové album, které vyšlo 6. května těsně po jejich druhém singlu „Heart Attack“.
⌊   Can’t Miss Tracks: Come Down / Run and Hide / Break Me / Secrets. The Big Hit: Secrets. Brave Rival nejsou vaší typickou bluesrockovou kapelou. Jsou ovlivněni blues a umělci, kteří jím byli přímo ovlivněni, ale posouvají hudbu daleko za hranice těchto hudebních stylů, využívají dva zabijácké vokalisty a fenomenálního kytaristu, aby vytvořili zvuk bez zábran, ale to vše rovněž opouští vaši touhu chtít víc. Zde máte partu talentovaných muzikantů, útočících na každou skladbu naplno, ale s vědomím a smyslem pro hudbu, díky které jsou skladby lepší. Life’s Machine na posluchače hodně hází, ale vše, co nabízí, melodie dále zušlechťuje. Úžasné album a opravdu nemá slabinu...každá skladba si zaslouží pozornost a upřímně řečeno, nakopává prdel.
Location: Portsmouth, UK
Album release: May 6th, 2022
Record Label: Brave Rival
Duration:     57:40
Tracks:
01. Heart Attack   4:11
02. Guilty Love   3:36
03. Without You   4:35
04. Run and Hide   3:50
05. Come Down   5:58
06. What’s Your Name Again?   4:50
07. Secrets   4:54
08. Long Time Coming   5:33
09. Thin Ice   3:40
10. Fool of You   4:13
11. Break Me   6:07
12. Life’s Machine   6:13 
Personnel: Ed Clarke (guitar), Chloe Josephine (vocals), Lindsey Bonnick (vocals), Billy Dedman (bass), Donna Peters (drums).

Review
Steven Ovadia May 16, 2022 Score: 9/10 
⌊  You don’t think of the 1990’s R&B group En Vogue as a blues or rock act, but their music touched on both of those styles, among others, giving the trio a wide appeal. Brave Rival, a British blues/soul/rock band builds on that legacy in a fascinating — and surprising — way, on their debut, Life’s Machine.
⌊  En Vogue doesn’t often enter the blues rock conversation, but Brave Rival isn’t a typical band, fronted by two female lead singers, each with a stunningly powerful voice. Singers Chloe Josephine and Lindsey Bonnick can hang with most rhythm and blues singers, and, if they were so inclined, could probably carve out pop careers, separately or together. Instead, they add their voices to a metal~sounding guitarist, Ed “The Shred” Clarke (who either had parents with high musical expectations, or else loves a good rhyming nickname) and a propulsive rhythm section.
⌊  The music is overwhelming, like an indoor fireworks show taking place in a circus tent. You don’t know where to look or listen. But Brave Rival owns the chaos. Because even though you have two strong singers going head~to~head, with a top~notch guitarist trying to out~do them, everything is melodic. So wherever you choose to focus, it’s great stuff.
⌊  “Secrets” starts with a funky guitar riff that shifts into distortion before moving into a bluesy stomp of a chorus that recalls En Vogue’s “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It).” To be clear, this isn’t pop rhythm and blues. Josephine and Bonnick flirt with the style, but from the crunchy guitar to the anthemic vocals, this is more rock than anything. But there’s also a rhythm~and~blues underpinning.
⌊  “Come Down” is a soulful ballad, Clarke digging deep into his blues chops. The song builds, becoming more dramatic, one singer transitioning into multiple, until a choir comes in, which quickly steps back for an epic Clarke solo. Josephine and Bonnick then return to claim their right to the song, and a singer moves into shrieks that would impress vintage Mariah Carey, until the track is endless guitar runs, soaring voices, and pounding drums. It’s completely over~the~top but also perfect. Listening to the tracks exhausts you; you can’t imagine how the band feels after performing all of that.
⌊  “Run and Hide” has a punk guitar riff that morphs into dueling vocals, feeling like Evanescence, another band that knew how to successfully manipulate bombast. Clarke swings in with a metal solo that, if it doesn’t steal the spotlight, borrows it for a while.
⌊  Brave Rival aren’t your typical blues rock band. They’re influenced by the blues, and by artists who were more directly impacted by it, but they take the music far beyond those musical styles, leveraging two killer vocalists and a phenomenal guitarist to create a sound without restraint, but that also leaves your wanting more. You have a bunch of talented musicians attacking each song full bore, but with an awareness and sense of music that makes the songs better. Life’s Machine throws a lot at the listener, but everything offered up improves the tunes. — Blues Rock Review
⌊  https://bluesrockreview.com/2022/05/brave-rival-lifes-machine-review.html
AUTHOR: RICHARD PROCTOR
⌊  https://www.velvetthunder.co.uk/brave-rival-lifes-machine/
WEB: https://braverival.com/music/
SF: https://open.spotify.com/album/4Ba1ejC3poNiDFPMBCZwy8Ed Clarke (guitar), Chloe Josephine (vocals), Lindsey Bonnick (vocals), Billy Dedman (bass), Donna Peters (drums)