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Indies kids SpearBrave are creating quite a name for themselves. But they’ve completely changed their style along the way from rock to acoustic – after struggling to find enough band members. The group started life with songwriter Sean Cleary and a few mates messing around. They decided they wanted to form a band – but didn’t have a singer or lead guitarist. Sean, 18, said: “ My twin brother Declan has always been into singing and he has a really great voice, so I kept asking him if he would join. But he kept refusing – he would just say ‘ Nah, im not interested’. I was forever asking Michael – who sat next to me in Maths in high school and always talked about playing guitar – to come along and have a go at jamming with us. But he was the same as my brother – he just wasn’t sure he wanted to be in a band.” Eventually the two guys relented and SpearBrave – a five piece from East Kilbride – was born. They began life as a rock group, with plenty of heavy riffs. Sean explained; “ We’ve changed our sound and style – now we’re much more acoustic. Most of our first set is no longer even part of our song bank. The lads are now being booked by venues in London and around Scotland as the buzz around them grows. Ex- Del Amitri guitarist Brian Tolland is a big fan and is even planning to produce a live EP with the band. The teenagers have a melodic rock sound that’s reminiscent of indie favourites The Verve and SnowPatrol. Sean said; “ Our ultimate dream is to get signed and play music for a living. Since we started the band, we just want to make it, in any shape or form. Whether that’s for a short while or a long lasting career, we’ll take it. SpearBrave must be one of the brightest bands around as they’re all at University studying Law, psychology and Spanish. Sean added; “ We’ve all talked about packing in our studies as we do think we could go back and finish them later. Music is the type of thing where if you get the break then you’ve got to take it. So we’re ready and waiting”. - The Scottish Sun


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SpearBrave formed in June of 2006 and are a five piece based in East Kilbride. The band initially formed due to each members passion for performing and writing music. The band is made up of Sean and Declan Cleary, twins who front the band vocally. Sean is also the songwriter and rythmn guitarist. Michael Timmons is the lead guitarist and Andrew Robertson is the bands bass player. Most recently, Scott Duff joined the band on drums. Also, in February 2008 Tom Hindmarsh became the bands manager. The band have combined strong vocal melodies, exciting guitar riffs, driving bass and high tempo drums to create a unique sound, which they believe gives them originality. There songs have been likened to a cross between Kings of Leon, U2, Oasis and Coldplay. Nevertheless, the band enjoy swithcing between various styles to provide listeners with a range of music from upbeat songs to more melodic acoustic based songs. The band originally played venues around the Glasgow area, such as Classic Grande, The Box and Arta. However, this is just a few in a list of a number of Glasgow venues the band have played. Yet SpearBrave have not just played in Glasgow, but have visited Edinburgh, London and Newcastle on several occasions. Even though the band has only been together around two years and have an average age of 18, they have been very successful in various competitions. Their first major success was in the Emergenza music competiton where they played alongside 14 other bands in the Scottish final held at the Glasgow Carling Academy. Following this they then entered the Scottish Sun winadeal event, which saw the band perform at Arta infront of various music experts; most notably, Bryan Tolland ( ex Del Amitri guitarist) and David O'Hagan of Mercury Records. Both enjoyed the band's performance stating they had real potential to become a big stadium band. The band most recent success was appearing in the National Live and Unsigned Final held in Newcastle. SpearBrave have also recorded a demo in YipJump studios in Glasgow, which was produced by Alan Cuthbertson, who has worked with artists such as Seal. The bands latest demo was recorded in Chem19 studios, by Andy Miller, who has recorded and produced for bands such as Mogwai and Camera Obscura. The band aim to use 2008 to gain more exposure and establish themselves as one of the most well known unsigned bands in Glasgow.