Lonely The Brave announce departure of frontman David Jakes

He cites his mental health problems as a key factor

Lonely The Brave have announced that frontman David Jakes has left the band.

The rock group formed in Cambridge in 2008, and Jakes has been open about his struggles with his mental health and performance anxiety throughout their ten-year career to date. Now, in a statement announcing his departure, Jakes admits that his mental health struggles are a key factor in his decision to leave the band.

“I’m writing this with the news that unfortunately I’ve decided to call it a day with Lonely The Brave,” the statement begins. “I’m afraid the problems I’ve been having, with touring and playing live, have made things really difficult concerning my mental health side of things. Sorry I couldn’t push on through it.”

The band will be continuing with a new singer, they confirm in a separate statement. “As a brother in music, vocalist and co-founder of the band, [David] has been integral to everything we’ve done,” they write. “These times have been life-defining for all of us, and it’s been a privilege to have shared them with one of the best singers of our generation.”

They continue: “This is not the end of Lonely The Brave. The four of us will continue with a new vocalist and we plan to begin the search as soon as possible. We will return to the live arena when the time is right and will be continuing to work on new material in the meantime.”

Lonely The Brave have so far released two full-length records, 2014’s ‘The Day’s War’ and 2016’s ‘Things Will Matter’.

NME’s Let’s Talk campaign aims to tackle the stigma that surrounds discussing mental health, open a dialogue around the important issues, and to raise awareness so that no one feels like they’re alone. 

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