Before the Brave emerged from a strangely quiet San Francisco music scene in 2012 with unexpected acclaim behind their first release, a 5 song EP entitled Great Spirit. As the quintet expanded their humble fanbase with consistent local headliners, Noise Pop festival appearances, and a series of west coast tours, a handful of lineup changes led to significant stylistic shifts in their sonic identity. Over the next few years the collective took a decisive step into the unknown, leaving their folk-americana roots for a larger, more ambitious alternative rock sound that draws on the likes of classics Fleetwood Mac as well as contemporaries The Head and the Heart and The Alabama Shakes. And the risk paid off.
The band, now composed of original members vocalist/guitarist Jason Stevens, drummer Kyle Teese, and vocalist/keyboardist Beth Garber, along with newcomers Ryan Devisser on guitar and Miguel Castuera on bass, displayed newly cultivated songwriting capabilities that landed 2014's single Free in a handful of television placements and widespread circulation on indie music blogs. The following year marked a new season for Before the Brave, as the band entered the studio with California producer-engineer Andy Freeman (Eisley), looking to capture their unique and substantive sound and color on a full-length record.
With a number of new tracks already debuted live, the band's unreleased material has set expectations high -- their most lyrically honest, instrumentally rich, and conceptually developed work to date.
On the outfit's steady progression towards their current place as a household name in the musical landscape of San Francisco, Nic Buron of The Bay Bridged aptly observed: "In a city where it often feels like 'too cool' rules, their genuineness is a fresh gulp of oxygen."
Before the Brave's LP "Better Country" was released independently on October 21, 2016, followed by an expanded winter and spring touring schedule.