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Live at the Library with LA’s Brave Native

September 10, 2014
Written by: Yasha Wallin

There are few things better than listening to live music under the stars from Hollywood’s hottest local bands. Add premium mixed drinks, delicious bites from Cleo, and free entry and we’ve got the highly anticipated Live at the Library series at The Redbury. It all kicks off next week with Brave Native, LA’s favorite up and coming indie rockers, who take the stage September 17. We chatted with the trio of rockers, Dante Brunetto, Chris Sung, and John Doherty about their musical inspiration, what makes a great live show, and how they’ve promised to change the rock world forever.

Who is Brave Native? What makes you different and unique as a band?

Brave Native is the product of three guys who share a passion and vision for the music we make together. The Brave Native vision and what makes us unique as a band is that we see our music as a way to inspire a generation to not just let loose, dance, sing along and all that great stuff that music does—but most importantly, to take action, embrace individuality, and go out and make a better life for yourself and for your community. You really can do anything in this life, but all the power rests in your hands.

Where and who do you draw your musical inspiration from? 

We have a good variety of musical tastes from guy to guy. We definitely all draw from a lot from pop, rock, blues and funk influences. Artists like The Killers, Daft Punk, Kings Of Leon, Coldplay, John Mayer and Phoenix as well as some of the more electro, pop-rock groups like Empire Of The Sun, Chvrches and MGMT. Our drummer, John Doherty aka “Doh,” grew up playing in punk bands and likes to get buckwild with some Alkaline Trio and Andrew W.K.. Doh brings a lot of the intensity and the rawness that drives more of a rock edge out of our sound, which we love.

You’ve played at music venues around LA including The Sayers Club, The Satellite, Viper Room, Pearl’s, and House of Blues. Do you have a favorite? What makes for the perfect scene to play? 

House of Blues is definitely up there on the favorites list. But as far as venues we play the most, it doesn’t get much better than The Sayers Club. Their production elements are as good as any venue in town and the intimacy that you get out of the small, rock-club vibe in there always feels good. I also think the best people to perform for are the type of people that you’d want to party with. We always love partying at Sayers.

You recently opened up for Magic! at House of Blues in West Hollywood. Who are your dream artist(s) to share the stage with?

Performing at the HOB with Magic! was a lot of fun. You could put us on the same stage as any of the artists I listed above and we would be absolutely floored. Any time you get to meet or perform with an artist who has impacted your love and passion for music, it’s a pretty special thing.

What’s next for you guys?

Everything is next for us! We’re in the studio right now working on a single that we suspect is going to change the rock world forever. And we’ll definitely be coming in hot for our show at The Library on September 17 followed by our next show at Sayers Club on October 4th!