AboutThe Bravery is an American indie/alternative rock band from New York City that consists of •Michael Zakarin-Guitar •Mike Hindert (aka Dirt)-Bass •Sam Endicott-Lead Vocal/guitar •John Conway-Keyboards •Anthony Burulcich-Drums Their debut album reached the top twenty in the United States and the top five in the United Kingdom. Their musical style has been compared to The Strokes, The Cure, New Order, The Smiths, and, most notably, The Killers.
The New York five-piece got its start in early 2003. After playing its first gig at the Stinger Club in Brooklyn in mid-summer, the Bravery's post-punk-influenced dance rock was all the rage. A residency at Arlene's Grocery and whispers on the street eventually led the Bravery to a recording contract with Island Def Jam in the States and Loog in the U.K. The Unconditional EP followed in early 2005. The Village Voice proclaimed the Bravery to be "New York's Official Next Big Thing" while MTV and Rolling Stone hailed them as an artist to watch. Also, The band were tipped in the BBC News "Sound of 2005" as 2005's most promising act. They released their debut album, The Bravery on March 14, 2005 in the U.K. (March 29, 2005 in the U.S.), following releases of "Unconditional" and "Honest Mistake" as singles. Their first radio airtime came on the show 'Alter Ego' on the Boston radio station WFNX. A co-headlining tour with Ash in the U.S. in spring 2005 coincided the release of the Bravery's self-titled album.
In the June 2005 issue of SPIN magazine, it was revealed that frontman/songwriter Sam Endicott and keyboard-player John Conway were originally in a ska band called Skabba the Hutt [later re-named El Conquistador] along with CSI: Miami star Jonathan Togo.
The Bravery have recently been involved in a highly publicised feud with fellow synth band The Killers. They faced criticism from Killers frontman Brandon Flowers on their performance at the NME Awards show in February 2005, causing them to retaliate. The Bravery's lead singer Sam Endicott said in an interview with an American radio station: "I feel bad talking bad about him (Brandon Flowers).. it's liking hitting a girl. I mean ... it's like picking on a kid in a wheelchair, you know, cause he has no personality and no sense of humour at all and so what can you say to that?" Bravery guitarist Michael Zakarin added: "If you've seen them live you know why ... they're incredibly boring ... they look like wax figures on stage."
Brandon Flowers later claimed that bands like The Bravery are only riding on the coattails of The Killers' initial success.  However, The Bravery claim they had finished recording their debut album before they were aware of The Killers and their music. The feud was heightened by the fact that the Killers and the Bravery are both signed to Island Records.
The Bravery played at Glastonbury festival on Sunday 26th June 2005, following a year of success and increasing popularity. Their set was due to be aired live on BBC 3 in the daytime, but had to be shown well after the watershed, as the bass guitarist Mike H stripped naked on stage, due to the hot weather.
In November/December 2005 and January through March 2006, the band is the support act for Depeche Mode on their Touring the Angel tour.