Braver than Fiction at West Street Live by Ben Ponsford

Here we are then – presenting (possibly) the most un-Valentine’s Day blog post you could possibly imagine. No hearts, no cherubic Cupids, no sappy sentiments, no apologies; we are to Valentine’s Day what Scrooge is to Christmas.

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It has been over a year since Braver than Fiction played their last gig and although the band have not been completely idle during that time, their rumoured return to the live circuit is eagerly anticipated. The questions that are being asked include: “Has the line-up changed?” and “Will there be new songs?”

Here are the band’s answers (and then some):
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[Screenshot] Partial Twitter DM courtesy of Mel Lampro AKA @DwarfMaiden

Introducing a ‘Guest Blogger’ here as this story is so great that we had to let her tell it herself; take it away, Tabitha Elliott Bauman – our blog is your blog for today!

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HALLOWE’EN 15 #halloween15

[Photograph] Creepy hand courtesy of gratisography.com

Has it really been two years since this all started? Another Hallowe’en is upon us and it marks our second anniversary as a live band except that (and you may have picked up on this) we have not actually been performing for quite a few months. We had our reasons but this is all about to change now as we approach our third year of gigging with more than a little Hoodoo and charm.

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Martin (guitar), Paul (drums) and Adam (bass) on the sofa at rehearsals, wearing their #braverthancancer T-shirts.

Once upon a time, Braver than Fiction had an idea for a Jekyll and Hyde themed ‘Transformation’ T-shirt so our intrepid keyboard player (and secret fashionista) Jason took the plunge and had one made; there were a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” and the intention was to have armfuls of them produced but, for that time, it remained the only one…

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PLECTRUMAID #plectrumaid

[Screenshot] Braver than Fiction playlist on Spotify

Recently, one of our followers raised the battle cry: “Let’s get this shit trending. I’m all over it!” What, you may ask, caused this outburst? A realisation of just how many Spotify plays it takes your average, indie musician to earn enough to buy even the flimsiest of plastic plectrums, that is what!

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BRAVER THAN CANCER #braverthancancer

There are five of us in Braver than Fiction so statistically, it was inevitable that cancer was going to have some effect on at least one of us at some point.

1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime.
Cancer Research UK

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[Photograph] "King of Crows" video still

If Mel is stolidly explaining to someone that she simply cannot lay down in a potentially pathogen-laden stream in the middle of industrial Yorkshire, during a particularly bitterly cold March then you can be reasonably certain that it is not going to be a normal day, by any standards.

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Blurred lights

As you may know, Mel recently took a bit of a tumble that put her out of action for a spell and unfortunately it is now apparent that this was due to more than a bout of her usual lovable, clumsiness. Continue reading