CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

February 2009

THE LIGHT BRIGADE (extended play) EP

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If you'd read last week's demo of the week, sorry, cd of the week (that's right, Nic changed the title whilst I was away) you can see the dilemma giving guernseys to cds sent to us 2-3 years ago. Grots Vegas have split and, researching for this week's winner, so have The Light Brigade. Go to their website www.thelightbrigade.com.au and you get a sad The page cannot be found.

Which is a shame, as I rather liked The Light Brigade, so much so that I had four of the five songs on my iPod whilst going mad in Northern Europe. It was only the last song, with its angsty vocals, that didn't win me over. This might sound an odd description but they reminded me of a cross between Ben Lee and Cake mixed with a more commercial mathrock version of Pavement(?).

So this review seems a little bit...late. But if I was to bet money on whether The Light Brigade were still an ongoing concern or yesterday's Hopetoun middle spot I know my money would have been on the latter. Any band with a boyfriend/girlfriend couple and two brothers is a sure sign of trouble-a-brewin'. And that's who made up this band: Brooke Patterson on the bass, Shane Murphy on guitar/keys, Scott Mullane also on guitar/keys and Richard Mullane on drums and violin.

What stands out on their (extended play) cd is a high level of concern for rhythm, whether guitar or drums, and extra percussion. They even mention drums in at least two of the songs and there's a picture of a drumkit inside the booklet. Explaining my comparisons, it goes a little bit like this: Ben Lee - some of the melodies, Pavement - the slightly obscure lyrics, Cake - the acoustic guitar. Now mix all that up in a 'we're also quite serious about this' blender and you have my take on The Light Brigade.

Forming in early 2005 and relocating from Newcastle to Newtown in Sydney, the band played regular gigs at the Hopetoun, Spectrum and Candy's. And, according to their myspace with a poster advertising their last ever show on 16th March 2007 (gee, that was a long time ago we got sent this cd!), that's it. No more. And from what I could see - no forwarding band. And I, for one, would like to know if there is a sequel. -SH

PS...and I'd also like to know was it the love couple possibly breaking up or the sibling rivalry that ended the music?



other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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