Posted: 6th February 2015
Tagged: The Dauntless Elite
After 12 years as a band, The Dauntless Elite decide to move on to pastures new...
Last Friday, The Dauntless Elite played what will be their last gig for a long, long time. Quite possibly ever.
It was a typically understated and cynical affair - as Dauntless gigs always are - with Joe pointing out the fact that the band, who have headlined the larger room of the Brudenell Social Club, were playing their final gig 3rd down the bill in the smaller back room. Maybe it was time. Maybe it was a hint from the scene. Maybe their time had passed...
All of which is absolute nonsense of course. The Dauntless Elite had never shone brighter than on their recent and, in hindsight, aptly titled second album, More Bloody Bad News. As such they will be sorely missed as a band who stuck to their ethical guns, actually had something to say and who made me smile each and every time I had the pleasure of watching them live. Just as Joe Ninety and Fig. 4.0 became symbolic of Bombed Out's early years, so the last dozen years have been soundtracked by The Dauntless Elite. Their downtrodden, underdog-like Northern cynicism matching that of our own.
We'll miss them but, more importantly, the scene should miss them.
Anyway, cheers to 4 people I feel lucky to call friends (or, you know, family) - to Joe, Stephen, Andrew and Lee. All the best with the new band lads!
See you at the reunion gig.