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 pmDouble Door
$5.00 - $8.00
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).
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.
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.”
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