Montreal three-piece BIG|BRAVE released their sophomore LP, Ardor, last month through Southern Lord. With just three songs that clock in for a forty-minute-long album, BIG|BRAVE has adopted a nearly unbearable level of urgency and intensity that weaves throughout Ardor. Chock full of swirling static, booming guitars, powerful drums-all the hallmarks that have made them one of experimental rock’s most exciting acts today.
Listen to BIG|BRAVE’s Ardor, featured at Bandcamp:
As with their previous release, Au De La, the new Ardor album was recorded at the Hotel2Tango, this time by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (of Jerusalem In My Heart). Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra), who was a special guest on Au De La, played violin on all the three new tracks, and Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) played contrabass on two of the tracks.
Since their inception in 2012, BIG|BRAVE has demonstrated the fluidity of experimental rock and put everything into their music, until there’s nothing left to give. Their particular art in musical refinement expands ever gradually, unfurling into a very heavy, strong, and elevating force. As comfortable as they are with tidal waves of sound, BIG|BRAVE is unafraid to experiment with silence, oscillating between sparse, gentle arrangements and deep swells of noise.
BIG|BRAVE has also announced new tour dates coinciding with the release of Ardor, a run of North American dates supporting labelmates Unsane in December, with more dates to be announced.
BIG|BRAVE Tour Dates:
12/12/2017 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN w/ Unsane
12/13/2017 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI w/ Unsane
12/14/2017 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH w/ Unsane
12/15/2017 Loving Touch – Detroit, MI w/ Unsane
12/16/2017 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON w/ Unsane
12/18/2017 Once – Boston, MA w/ Unsane
12/19/2017 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Unsane