The Lost Brigade

CAUdog Records Presents...

The Lost Brigade

The Future Laureates (CD/Digital EP Release), Goodbye Home, Jeff Brown

Friday, December 14, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$5.00 - $8.00

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The Lost Brigade
The Lost Brigade
Matthew Morgan and the Lost Brigade is a hard-working band that has made its mark on the Chicago music scene, and is now pushing into the Midwest. With the diversity of banjo and dulcimer alongside a female rocker that has shared the stage with Joan Jett, this band blends hopeful and upbeat rock with the deep reality of folk roots. Neil Young, Paul Simon and R.E.M. are among influences for the five-piece outfit that is poised to take on new musical territory with its follow-up to 2011’s "Red Silhouettes".

MMLB is as “intense as whiskey with all the flavors of fine wine. Bombastic, upbeat pop/folk grabs audiences by the hand. It’s a sweet slow dance…” (OnAxis Music). With each show, responses from fans of both music and art have been overwhelmingly positive. CAUDog Records of Chicago, IL recognizes the band’s solid reputation and is partnering to produce and release the group’s first professional recording, expected in Fall of 2012.

The group began carving a niche in 2009 as previous members of two Chicago-based bands (Black Bottle Junction and 1/2 Mad Poet) joined as recruits to support Morgan’s album project that was released in winter 2011. The home-spun DIY album "Red Silhouettes" shines with quirk and charm, as acoustic guitars are paired with distorted electric guitar, accordion, driving drum beats, banjo, bells, keyboards and atmospheric gems which work together in surprising ways.

The songs on the album give a nod to stories from Civil War letters and victories from personal battles. Morgan (lead vocals, guitars) was formerly diagnosed with a rare disease which he fought against and won. He now brings his zest for life and pursuing dreams to the fullest to the table. The experience gave Matt “a better idea of how important life is and how lazy we are when we think we have all the time in the world to do things."

Morgan is a visual artist and musician, as is bassist Kavin Lahvic. This connection to Chicago’s Wicker Park art scene is another factor that sets the group apart, as MMLB has carved a niche with well-attended shows at local art galleries including Chicago’s renowned Flat Iron Artist's Association.

The band is not a group of hobbyists. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little kid,” says Matt. The band met through a wide variety of means, from chance encounters to friends that “forgot” to mention they were wildly talented. Each member brings strength to the band adding harmonies, multi-instrumentalist skills and a plethora of life experiences. Their energetic live shows are a sonic feast. MMLB satiates the hunger for honest roots music mixed with fresh, fun creative rock. Matthew Morgan and the Lost Brigade make music we're glad to find.

The current lineup consists of six members (Matthew Morgan, Anita Chase, Kevin Lahvic, Jeff Gilbert, Dave Szpunar, and Anand Christopher).
The Future Laureates (CD/Digital EP Release)
The Future Laureates (CD/Digital EP Release)
With a successful presence at SXSW and Summerfest 2012 and 2013, combined with airplay on hundreds of college radio stations across North America, The Future Laureates are celebrating with unabashed energy and triumph. Offering positive punk-rock energy with folk/pop musicianship, their sonic champagne is frothing and bubbling with their fourth studio release, EVERYTHING AT ONCE. It is seriously full of fun.

2012’s FORTRESS SESSIONS and the live shows that followed cemented the band’s place as an energetic force in Chicago’s vibrant and diverse music scene. Josh Terzino of Music-Defined called their sold-out album release show “one of the most electric shows [he’s] ever seen.” And that’s not all. Their music has won licensing deals with a variety of shows on MTV, Showtime, Style, Discovery Networks, and Bravo! via Tinderbox music.

Touring has brought together even more fans through numerous Midwest, Southwest, and East Coast journeys as well as legendary hometown venues including Chicago’s House of Blues and Metro. They’ve shared crowds with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, MGMT, The Eagles, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, hellogoodbye, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Dawes, Smash Mouth, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Saints of Valory, The Roots, ZZ Top, Brendan Benson, GIVERS, and Thievery Corporation.
Goodbye Home
Goodbye Home
The band formed officially in 2008, the line-up has changed frequently, though Greg Jackson Combs and Jeff Brown are the only remaining original members. Since 2008, Goodbyehome has been making themselves known not only in their local Chicago scene but on the national circuit. In 2010 they hit the road to spread their debut album The Troubles(2010) in over 20 states, kicking off in Nashville and ending in Los Angeles. The band received press in the Chicago Tribune following the release. There music has brought them to share bills with acts like Bela Fleck, Dr. Dog, Grace Potter and Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes. Goodbyehome’s music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles,. The Troubles(2010) focused primarily on a sound reflecting folk or alternative country, but has since introduced more experimental aspects to their music to be released in their follow up Electric Cowboy Lullabies, including elements of alternative rock, jazz, heavy metal and classic pop. The band plans to release Electric Cowboy Lullabies sometime in the Spring of 2011. The Album will be released on CAU Dog Records.
Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown
Chicago-based singer/songwriter Jeff Brown was born in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village, IL. After moving to California as a child, he began a lifelong love of making music upon finding his dad's old guitar in the attic. Raised on heavy metal (Brown was a veteran performer in several heavier bands throughout high school and college), versed in classical and the blues, he has since found h
is home in the soothing melodies and heartfelt lyrics of modern folk rock Brown graduated from Loyola University in Chicago, studying English and Philosophy, and after several years returned to Academia to study law, specializing in Entertainment legal matters.

During a two-year stint in litigation, Jeff Brown met singer-songwriters Greg Combs and Christine Knodle, and formed Goodbyehome in 2008, an alt-country band rooted in rich harmonies and strong songwriting. Though focusing a majority of his musical attention on Goodbyehome, Brown grew as a songwriter in his own right, and began gathering material and players towards his own ends. As the Goodbyehome lineup changed, many members teamed up with Brown to form the core of what is often lovingly referred to as “The Jeff Brown Extra Large Trio” – a four-piece group also consisting of Christine Knodle on violin and vocals, Jim Lordeman on drums and vocals, and Michael “Vez” Narvaez on bass.

Often reluctant – or unable – to characterize with any particularity the definitive style of his music, Brown frequently describes his sound as ‘a singer-songwriter who got himself a band’. His shows and music run the range from delicate indie-folk to more aggressive alt-rock with forays into jazz and chamber pop, thanks largely to the intricate strings of violinist Knodle. His songwriting trends towards the melancholic and his Facebook page cites his songwriting influences as “Girls and alcohol, mostly,” though in reality, his music is rarely that one-dimensional. Brown writes love songs for people who are sick of love songs.

Balancing a blossoming legal career with his musical pursuits, Brown released his long-overdue debut album, ‘Last Chance’ on CAUDog Records in June of 2012. An 11-track work engineered and produced by Ellis Clark, named via Brown’s assertion that “pretty much every one of [these] songs is a healthy mix of despair and hope.”
Venue Information:
Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
http://doubledoor.com