Young and Brave

Young and Brave

 Denton, Texas, USA

An indie rock quintet from Denton, TX, Young and Brave supports well-crafted songs with excellent musicianship, blending male and female vocals for a unique sound. The group has opened for Avi Buffalo, Girl in a Coma, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Civil Wars, El Ten Eleven, and Cymbals Eat Guitars.


Young and Brave shares.

Throughout their four years as a band, Young and Brave has created collective musical statements from diverse influences. Channeling 60s garage rock, Americana, Motown-style R&B, and contemporary rock-and-roll, their music has garnered comparisons to the likes of Wilco and the New Pornographers, and deservedly so. Young and Brave is not afraid of variety; they embrace it. Variety is an obvious component of their first album (Young and Brave, 2009) and subsequent single (“This Floor”, 2011). Young and Brave also shares the writing duties. Lead vocalists Jon McKnight and Sarah Lynn Fisher rely on their bandmates ears and talents when composing and arranging. Matt Shasteen’s colorful lead guitar, Pablo Burrull’s inventive bass lines, and Ramon Muzquiz’s creative drumming shape their musical ideas into beautiful, thought-provoking and overall, rocking songs. Past members of the band (Ian Mesey, Brent Meador) have also contributed songs that the band continues to play today, allowing the songs to evolve over time. The band is currently in the studio working on a new album. (However, you can preview two demos and a live track exclusively on Sonicbids now!)

Young and Brave gives.

Young and Brave is known for putting on stellar live shows. It is not uncommon for Young and Brave to be seen performing with horn players and collaborating with other local musicians. They are a not a band that only recreates their album live, but rather creates a unique experience for each show, dressing for the occasion and incorporating props like cardboard “amps” and banners into their stage set. This enthusiasm for performing has given them the opportunity to open for bands such as The Civil Wars, El Ten Eleven, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Avi Buffalo, The Velvet Teen, David Dondero, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hooray for Earth, RACES, Nik Freitas, Franz Nicolay, Victor Villarreal (Joan of Arc/Owls/Cap'n Jazz), Girl in A Coma, Vivian Girls, DD/MM/YYYY, Bear In Heaven, Juston Stens (former member of Dr. Dog) and the Get Real Gang, Cruiserweight, Sleeping in the Aviary, Mother Falcon, One Hundred Flowers, The Eastern Sea, Delicate Cutters, Jessie Frye, Meryll, Mobley, Seryn, Ruby Jane, Flashbulb Fires, Analog Rebellion, Sarah Renfro (of The Loom), and Minorcan. In 2012, the band hopes to share their gift with more than the DFW metroplex by touring in support of their new album. All in all, one thing is certain:

Young and Brave cares.


"This Floor", Single, 2011

Self Titled LP, 2009


"This Floor" - The Schoolhouse Compilation, Vol. 2 (I Heart Math Records), 2011

"Say You Will" - The Schoolhouse Compilation, Vol. 1 (I Heart Math Records), 2010

"Nebraska (live)" - Annex House Compilation (Dallas DIY Venue), 2009

Radio Play:

"Holy Ghost", "I Beg You", "This Floor" - 102.1 FM The Edge

"Hey, Hey!", "Said I", "Giant", "Say You Will" - KNTU 88.1 FM

"You'll Never Get Out of Dallas Like This" - KXT 91.7 FM

Set List

Our typical set list is usually between 8 and 12 songs (40 mins to an hour), but can be shortened if necessary. Our original songs are as follows:

I Beg You
Hey Hey!
Holy Ghost
Golden Sea
This Floor
Say You Will
Said I
You'll Never Get Out of Dallas
No Sympathy
Be Still
Everything Right Has Only Begun
Out To Sea
Choose Your Own Adventure
West Virginia
Golden Swingin'

Covers we have performed:
Devil With A Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly (by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels)
Pinball Wizard (by the Who)
Happy Together (by the Turtles)
The Sun Also Sets (by Ryan Adams)
Four Leaf Clover (by the Old 97's)
Fallin' (by Alicia Keys)
Lovefool (by the Cardigans)
Dancing in the Dark, Atlantic City, Glory Days, Hungry Heart, Born in the USA, I'm On Fire (by Bruce Springsteen)

We are able to play either full electric shows, or acoustic shows.