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|Also known as||Noah Gundersen & The Courage|
|Origin||Centralia, Washington, United States|
|Genres||Folk rock Acoustic
|Associated acts||Noah Gundersen|
|Past members||Noah Gundersen
Seattle-based singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen formed the band The Courage in 2008 in Centralia, Washington. As the group's frontman, Noah Gundersen wrote songs, played guitar, and performed lead vocals for the band. Other founding members of the group included Gundersen's younger sister Abby on violin and backing vocals and two friends, Ivan Gunderson (of no relation to Noah and Abby) on the bass guitar and Travis Ehrenstrom on drums.
Founded as a backing band for the purpose of performing Noah Gundersen's solo albums, The Courage began performing together in the Seattle area in 2008. Their initial live performance career was marked by a sold-out live performance at The Triple Door. The live recording of the performance, Live at the Triple Door, was later released as an album under the artist name "Noah Gundersen & The Courage". This gave insight to the group's work as a pairing of Gundersen's existing solo effort with The Courage acting as a backing band of sorts. Songs on the album are mostly live renditions of songs from Noah Gundersen's solo albums, Brand New World (album) and the unreleased Saints & Liars EP.
After the group's live album was released, Noah Gundersen continued to advance in his solo career. His solo EP Saints & Liars was released in 2009 and featured his younger sister Abby on violin and backing vocals, but The Courage was not credited on the album.
With Abby Gunderson still in high school and Noah traveling to tour his solo EP, The Courage at first struggled to grow into a full-fledged band after their live album was released. Using the summer as an opportunity to collaborate more closely and transition from a backing band into a full-fledged group, Noah Gundersen & The Courage began to write and record songs for their first studio album, Fearful Bones. The album was recorded in a barn in Sisters, Oregon by Matt Lee, who mixed and produced the album, in the summer of 2010.
Prior to release it was decided that the album Fearful Bones would be released under the shortened band name "The Courage" because the group was one entity - not a pairing of two artists, as it had been previously on the Live at the Triple Door album. Noah dropped his name from the title after deciding to have the entire band more incorporated in the music. He also wanted to move away from more solo, folk-oriented music, saying, "I love the sound of a band more than a solo performer. You can only have so many options as a solo performer and I’m not a big fan of loop pedals."
In 2011 the group contributed a new song titled "All You Know" to Burning Building Recordings' compilation album, We Love This Comp, Vol. One. The album was released on Bandcamp. Gundersen released the solo album Family, which launched his solo career, putting an unannounced but definitive end to The Courage. Gundersen's solo career continued to flourish with additional album releases in 2014 with Ledges (album) and Carry the Ghost in 2015.
The Courage have not performed together since 2011 and the band's website and Facebook page are no longer accessible.
- Noah Gundersen - vocals, guitar, songwriting
- Abby Gundersen - backing vocals, violin
- Travis Ehrenstrom - bass guitar
- Ivan Gunderson - drums
Noah Gundersen & The Courage
- Live at the Triple Door (live album as Noah Gundersen and the Courage, 2008)
- Fearful Bones (full-length, 2010)
- We Love This Comp, Vol. One (compilation, 2011)
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