The Bravery is an American band formed in New York City in 2003 that consists of Sam Endicott (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Zakarin (lead guitar, backing vocals), John Conway (keyboards, backing vocals), Mike Hindert (bass, backing vocals), and Anthony Burulcich (drums, backing vocals).
They have released three studio albums: The Bravery (2005), The Sun and the Moon (2007) and Stir the Blood (2009). They have also released a remixed edition of their second album called The Sun and the Moon Complete in 2008 and an Internet live album called Live at the Wiltern Theater in 2010. Their music is a synthesis of post-punk revival and New Wave.
Frontman-songwriter Sam Endicott and keyboardist John Conway were classmates at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. As freshmen, their musical partnership began while playing local bars in numerous recording projects, sometimes including future CSI: Miami star Jonathan Togo. After graduating, Endicott and Conway moved to New York City where Endicott switched from bass guitar to vocals and began writing music that would later become “The Bravery”.
Guitarist Michael Zakarin joined after answering an advert in a local paper, and brought with him bassist Mike Hindert, a classmate of his from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Drummer Anthony Burulcich was living in Boston, Massachusetts where he had studied percussion at Berklee College of Music. After his sister’s death, Burulcich moved back to his childhood home in Long Island New York to be with his family. On the day Burulcich was moving, while driving with his belongings in a U-Haul truck, Endicott called him. Endicott and Burulcich were introduced by mutual friends from the New York band Bishop Allen. Though Burulcich is the official drummer for the band, many of the drums on the debut album were recorded prior to Burulcich joining the band, by Steven Lourie of Boston band Lincoln Conspiracy.