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ReportCharge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light Brigade

  • Founded: July 2009
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Label: mannequin phono


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Charge of the Light Brigade is a collaboration between songwriter Luke Sneyd and producer Marc Koecher, with bassist Jason Eagan (Clockwise, Ryan Luchuck) and Zack Mykula (Bella Clava, Inhumanoids) on drums. Their debut EP We Haven't Been Properly Introduced has just been released in the summer of 2010. Sneyd and Koecher had worked together before on Luke Sneyd solo releases: All of Us Cities in 2007 and Salvo in 2009. This time around, they found they were moving in a different direction. New songs and new collaborators inspired them to reinvent the partnership as a full-blown band.

COTLB's sound blends expansive rock with strong melodies and dense arrangements, in a distinctive amalgam of punk, prog and pop. Sneyd's writing is underscored by themes of doomed heroism and the terminal tick of relationships gone awry. Their first live shows have already earned comparisons to bands as disparate as Social Distortion, The Pixies, Joe Jackson and Spoon.

Originally the guitarist for Toronto electro-rock act Mountain Mama, Luke Sneyd's independent solo releases garnered airplay on college radio in Canada and satellite alternative stations in the U.S. An early demo of his track "The Prisoner" was a finalist in the Unisong International Songwriting Contest, and that song's video won him a Top 5 spot in the Great Canadian Band Challenge, competing for a deal with Universal Canada. Since then he's been gigging steadily, building up the nucleus that would become Charge of the Light Brigade. Over that time, he's developed as a writer, marrying his take on modern dysfunction with a love of power-pop and solid songcraft. Alex Young of Fazer Magazine ascribes "rugged majesty" to Sneyd's work, "Sneyd deliver[ing] his broken down beatnik poetry through a voice that hasn't been heard since Joe Strummer was laid to rest."

Charge of the Light Brigade is hard at work on their debut full-length, The Defiant Ones, set for release in the fall of 2010.


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