Alternative garage-rock duo The Winter Brave are set to release the EP, The Hand You Never Seem to Lend, on July 28, 2015, but Crave’s got the jump on the release with an exclusive stream a week ahead of time. You may recognize the band from Dave Grohl’s recent “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit, which put them squarely on the exposure map: their Metaphors EP became the #1 best selling album on Bandcamp.
Founded by identical twin brothers Jake (vocals/guitar) and Sam (drums/vocals) Scarpino in Pittsburgh, PA, The Winter Brave have been playing and writing songs together since 2007. The two relocated to Portsmouth, NH in the past year to write/record the upcoming album, with influences ranging from The Black Keys to Cage the Elephant, Silversun Pickups to Band of Skulls.
From the galloping jangle of “As You Once Were” to the explosive buoyancy of “You Got It” and the stripped rhythm of “Meet You There,” there’s plenty of high-charged intensity to go round on The Hand You Never Seem to Lend. Check it out for the first time anywhere exclusively on CraveOnline:
“Most of The Hand You Never Seem to Lend was first written as a three piece band,” the guys explained of the EP. “After our bass player left, we faced the decision to either simplify our songs to fit the two piece format, or go all out in the studio to make the biggest sound we could imagine. As we began demoing, we found that we really loved expanding the songs by adding keyboards and multiple guitar tracks to each song.”
“All our past releases had a three-piece arrangement in mind while recording, so it was liberating and exciting to be able to go all out,” they continued. “Because of this, we were able to incorporate tons of different influences to each song. To us, each song has its own unique flair, which makes the EP our most eclectic and adventurous release yet. But even with that said, these songs still have a backbone of high energy rock that we love and feel is underrepresented today. “