This letter has been a long time coming. Honestly I think I’ve been putting it off because it’s a difficult, bittersweet thing to write but now I find myself in a place where, although it’s difficult to discuss the past, I’m excited to discuss the present.
To answer your many queries, the band has not “broken up,” nothing so dramatic as that. We just aren’t doing anything together and don’t have any plans to for the foreseeable future. There’s been no “falling out,” no bad blood, we all just have different interests now and are involved in our own projects.
The Bravery is a beautiful thing that we are all immensely proud of, but after many years it is just not where our passions lie anymore and continuing simply out of habit or momentum would be unfair to our audience and ourselves. Will we get together again at some point? I don’t know the answer to that, it’s unclear, but for now we have no plans to.
As for the present , many of you may have seen Anthony playing drums for Morrissey on tour, or more recently with Weezer. Anthony is currently finishing an EP for his new band X My Heart and will be touring this summer as the drummer for the band White Sea. Mike has been having success with his label Merrifield Records and is currently directing with his first feature length film. John has been busy at the vineyard crushing grapes and making wine with his business, Conway Family Wines. Michael is pursuing other creative interests outside of music.
For myself, I am thrilled to say that I have a new band, The Mercy Beat, which I’ve started with a couple friends of mine in Los Angeles. You can hear a couple of our songs HERE, and we are playing a free residency at the Echo next month, every Monday night in May.
On behalf of all of us in the Bravery, it’s been a magnificent ride and we can not thank you enough for making it possible. We have been given such a gift in the wonderful fans around the world that have supported us over the years, and we are immensely grateful.
With love and thanks,