Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Main Genre: Rock
Band Page created: Apr 12, 2011
By: Charge Of The Light Brigade
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2011
Jason Eagan - Bass, vocals
Luke Sneyd - Vocals, guitars
Marc Koecher - Bass, keys, guitars
Zack Mykula - Drums, vocals
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About The Band
Sometimes albums are so aptly titled that the record takes on a life of its own while at the same time strictly adhering to the title itself. Charge of the Light Brigade's debut full-length The Defiant Ones is one such album, with a fierce, dedicated aesthetic.
Its wide-ranging scope combines intense, punk-influenced melodies with an expansive and at times untouchable groove. The album possesses an irresistible pop sensibility yet still there are no tracks that pander; instead, this collection of thirteen tracks has a vision that will leave listeners helpless.
Guitarist/songwriter Luke Sneyd has long been a fixture on the Toronto scene, originally as the guitarist for electro-rock act Mountain Mama. Two solo releases included an early demo of his track ‘The Prisoner' that was a finalist in the Unisong International Songwriting Contest, and the video won him a Top 5 spot in the Great Canadian Band Challenge, competing for a deal with Universal Canada. And now, with new songs and new collaborators, The Defiant Ones is an honest and earnest culmination of five years of work.
"Together, with the experience they have, there's no doubt they can continue to craft a sound that's familiar, yet experimental, different, and polished. Luke Sneyd has such a comfortable vocal delivery that you'll think you've been listening to his records for years." - Consequence of Sound
"The songs on "The Defiant Ones" are held together with heartbroken melodies wrapped up in Sneyd's ravaged vocals that will leave speechless anyone searching for Canada's next indie rock sensation." - Lithium Magazine
Strong themes of doomed heroism and the terminal tick of relationships gone awry abound here. They're heard in the resilient sprawl of ‘Fastest of The Losers', the furious early 90's punk stomp of ‘Charge!!' and finally, a moody but ultimately fulfilling cover of ‘Atlantic City,' which serves as the album's closer. Each track drives its way into your subconscious with alarming and altogether defiant grace. It's an honest approach that fuels the entire record. Candid emotions are channeled into tracks like ‘The Visible Man', which features a bruising post-punk feel. And ‘The Real Heart' swells beyond expectations.
The vision of Charge of the Light Brigade is certainly a focused one. Even the most defiant of listeners will agree; with The Defiant Ones, this is a band that certainly cannot be stopped. They've been played on college and internet radio in Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe, and were featured on Alan Cross's Explore Music in Canada.
Charge of the Light Brigade is a collaboration between songwriter Luke Sneyd and producer Marc Koecher, with bassist Jason Eagan (Clockwise, Ryan Luchuck), and Owen Tennyson (Blue Peter, Rough Trade).