Meet The Brazen Youth, The Folk-Rock Band Living Like Thoreau


Somewhere in a 300-year-old farmhouse in rural Connecticut, circa 2011, two eighth-graders started a band. Dubbed "The Brazen Youth," Nick Lussier, Charlie Dahlke, and (eventually) Micah Rubin, now find themselves in their early twenties and moving into that old farm where it all began.

Using their childhood farm as a home base for their music and adopting a somewhat Thoreauean lifestyle, has allowed the folk-rock group to organically develop a timeless sound. While many up-and-comers ditch their hometowns for the big city, The Brazen Youth clings to the freedoms of rural New England. In lieu of university, the band fostered their own education by assembling a state-of-the-art studio on-site and honing their skills as musicians in relative solitude.

After spending the last year touring with groups like The Greeting Committee, Spendtime Palace, and Corey Kilgannon, The Brazen Youth returned with the single "I Don't Want to Take Too Much." The track was a sort of introduction into a new era, a coming of age for the longtime band. Focusing more on a live approach to their songwriting, the record feels incredibly humble while also representing a sort of quiet bravery.

The music video for "I Don't Want to Take Too Much" centers on this concept of bravery. Inspired by the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the video is a modern take on American folklore.

"I Don't Want to Take Too Much" serves to reestablish the band's identity as they prepare to release their forthcoming album, 15 Billion Eyes, in September. While maintaining the earnest lyrics that is so characteristic of their songwriting, their new sound situates them with a confident assuredness. While they started off as just kids, The Brazen Youth have grown up, and this is just the beginning.

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