“Unlearning our instruments is definitely something we’ve done – we don’t rely on fretboard technique”: BIG|BRAVE conjure some of today’s most thrilling guitar tones with feedback, open tunings and an awful lot of volume

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BIG|BRAVE’s 2023 album Nature Morte was a crushing distillation of their “massive minimalism,” built on Mathieu Ball’s guitar drone, textural distortion and feedback, singer/guitarist Robin Wattie’s powerful yet plaintive vocals, and Tasy Hudson’s glacial, pounding drums.

After a decade together and five albums with producer (and de facto fourth member) Seth Manchester, the band needed a change.

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Dan Bradley

Dan started guitar in his early teens – playing every day on a sunburst Les Paul copy he still regrets selling – and has never stopped. He read English at Cambridge, spent several years in Australia and Japan, then worked as a Japanese to English translator for over a decade. His fiction, essays, translations, and reviews of books and live music have appeared in GrantaThe GuardianThe Independent and Times Literary Supplement, among others. He fell in love with playing bass after the pandemic, and now performs in a sludgy post-metal band in Cardiff, Wales.