Kerrang! Award Nominees and Rock Sound’s most underrated band of 2008, London-based quartet Brigade rank as one of the most criminally overlooked bands in British rock music.
Unbridled by the latest ‘scene’ or fashion, they’ve teetered on the brink of the ‘big-time’, picking up plenty of critical plaudits along the way for their impeccable ability to write huge, timeless rock songs that are built on intricate structures and eschew clichés.
Their critically acclaimed 2006 debut album ‘Lights’ is filled with infectious enthusiasm and sparkling energy. From the gutpunch heaviosity of ‘Queenie’ to the languid swirling atmosphere of ‘The Hits, The Scrapes’ it genuinely takes the listener on an aural journey. Showcasing their florid and barbed artrock stylings, it immediately defined the band as something far outside the tired and pedestrian outpourings of many of their contemporaries.
While ‘Lights’ is a debut from a band who were tentatively finding their own feet and direction, ‘Come Morning We Fight’ (2008) is testament to a group who assertively honed their sound, challenged themselves as musicians, dared to experiment outside the norm, and took immense strides forward in their outlook. It’s a maniacal masterpiece of sure-fire rock hits. ‘What Are You Waiting For’ is a bold opening statement of intent: punchy, dynamic and raunchy. First single ‘Pilot’ is an infectious and atmospheric heart-wrenching ditty, while ‘Slow Dives & Alibis’ illustrates the band’s power, musical complexities and frantic hard-hitting drive. Ensuring maximum diversity, ‘Sink Sink Swim’ is a sombre and yet uplifting, unashamed pop song.
Their most recent album ‘Will Be Will Be’ is the most ambitious thing Brigade – a band who have never shied from expansive rock songs or massive melodies – have ever done, and it’s pulled off with aplomb. For the first time, the band used electronic programming, percussion and strings, and in ‘Find Your Own Way Home’ included gang vocals contributed by PledgeMusic pledgers – fans who got involved by donating to the record’s funding.
Having toured with the likes of Fightstar, Hidden In Plain View, Hundred Reasons, Hell is for Heroes, INME and Biffy Clyro, the band have become live favourites, and with a creative philosophy that defines them as a pure and focused rock band, they are determined to forge their own path.
“This is guitar music at its most pure and vital; searing riffs, soaring melodies and a fantastic pop sensibility all help to make this debut album instantly noteworthy. If we had more bands like Brigade to reinforce the strength of our homegrown music scene, who knows what heights it could reach. ” ROCK SOUND
For fans of: Biffy Clyro, Fightstar, Funeral For a Friend, Placebo