Charge of the Light Brigade

Charge of the Light Brigade

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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Candid, bruising, melodic, Charge of the Light Brigade combines defiant swagger with an irresistible pop sensibility.

Biography

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).

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Lyrics

The Real Heart

Written By: Luke Sneyd

I'm searching for the real heart
Hiding in the heart of the world
I'm never gonna rest now
It calls my name

I know you came for the action
I know you came to forget yourself
A simple act of oblivion
Well maybe we can disappear
Maybe we can disappear yeah

I'm searching for the real heart
The one that beats in time time with the sun
The face that covers the moon yeah
Knows everyone

There's crisis in the air tonight
Phantom fear and deceit
The horsemen ride cross a blood red sky
And I think I can smell the beast
Don't you want to kill the beast

I'm searching for the real heart
There's no division in me
Got down on my knees and prayed yeah
And now I see

No Buddha came laughing answers
No Jesus bled for my pain
Now I look God in those deathless eyes
Now I see we're all the same
Now I see we're all the same

I'm searching for the real heart
The blood that flows between us in space
So much love can surround you
Just call my name
Just call my name
Just call my name

Young Love

Written By: Luke Sneyd

What you do to my head
Ooooh you're so young
Burning and bright
Bursting with life
All I crave
Takes a second to say
Babe let's run away
Fast as the wind
Right out of our skin
Do you feel the same?

They say we don't understand
But I know we've got to hold on
Hey young love
Hey young love

Feel I'm coming alive
Heartbeat phoenix fire
Your jubilee lips
Holding your hips
I just can't let go
You say you're full of the night
I'll spill you and drink the wine
So much to say
Don't care anyway
Let's go to bed

They say love will tear us down
A cold fire, well I'm burning for more
Hey young love
Hey young love

I don't know how to say goodbye
We'd both break down and die
You know I want you
There's a riot in my head tonight
Violence, dread and suicide
When I'm with you
You make me quiet
So quiet

They say we don't understand
But I know we've got to hold on
They say love will tear us down
A cold fire, well I'm burning for more
Hey young love
Hey young love

Fastest of the Losers

Written By: Luke Sneyd

Take my hand
We're both better forgotten
As summer slinks past stranger eyes
Win place or show
It's the people you know
Give up so easy
We only surrender to ourselves

You and I
The fastest of the losers
So ahead of our time
You and I
The fastest of the losers
We're flying blind tonight

Feather trees lift me
Up to your window
Motionless like a golden sun
It's easy to give
What you can't hold on with
Until it's over
The delicious speed of the night

You and I
The fastest of the losers
So ahead of our time
You and I
The fastest of the losers
We're flying blind tonight
Close your eyes but don't lose sight

Don't turn off your light tonight
I need to see you
Hold you one more time
Don't turn off your light tonight
I need to see you
Hold you one more time

I lost the plot
The page is turned
The chapter over
I do my jacket up and run
A cat on a roof
Walking silent aloof
Calls come on over
Is this emptiness never done?

You and I
The fastest of the losers
So ahead of our time
You and I
The fastest of the losers
We're flying blind tonight
Close your eyes but don't lose sight
Don't lose sight

All You Are to Me

Written By: Luke Sneyd

Got a rip-chord heart
Stratosphere or crash out
Love that sweet grenade
Throw me clear
We'll both blow sky
Trip on your live wire
You can turn me out
Make my head a whirlwind
Your little hands on fire
Take me there
Your heartbeat beacon
The sound I'm seekin'

One in a million
Takes you over
I turn you on
The way we're falling under
I could be near you
All the rest of my days
An absolution
The hand of fate, a state of grace
This is all you are to me

Your television eyes
X-ray spy libido
Seven ways to die
Seal my lips your kisses bleed me
Voracious feeling

One in a million
Takes you over
I turn you on
The way we're falling under
I could be near you
All the rest of my days
An absolution
The hand of fate, a state of grace
This is all you are to me

You can turn the night to day
Make me whole
Nothing lasts forever so I'm told
I don't care what they say
We make our own fate
Baby tell me what do you say?
Are you with me tonight
Tonight

One in a million
Takes you over
I turn you on
The way we're falling under
I could be near you
All the rest of my days
An absolution
The hand of fate, a state of grace
This is all you are
All you are to me, to me

Last Door Down

Written By: Luke Sneyd

Deck chairs, rearrange 'em 'range 'em
String band, keep on playing playing
There's ice up ahead
All engines full-steam ahead
I feel like dancing dancing
On your worldwide grave

Where's the party at in this old town?
Black tuxedo, blood-red wedding gown
Zombie gameshow always bringing me down
Where's the party at?
Oooo it's the last door down

Last call, no one's listenin' listenin'
Don't stop, I've got the vision within
The night is still young
We might not make it till dawn
I feel like dancing dancing
On your worldwide grave

Where's the party at in this old town?
Black tuxedo, blood-red wedding gown
Zombie gameshow always bringing me down
Where's the party at?
Oooo it's the last door down

Auf wieder-zehn
My friends hit the street
Like Calamity Jane
Nothing new to do
No modern Champlain
Drunk-dial your ex
We'll get cold tea and Chinese

Where's the party at in this old town?
Black tuxedo, blood-red wedding gown
Zombie gameshow always bringing me down
Where's the party at?
Oooo it's the last door down
Where's the party at?
Oooo it's the last door down
I feel like dancing dancing
I feel like dancing dancing
I feel like dancing dancing
On your worldwide grave

Charge!!

Written By: Luke Sneyd

We are the golden ones
We are the chosen sons
Make your kingdom come
Die fast, live long
Every day gonna sing my song

I don't care no more
It's never been fair or pure
Played, betrayed and cast away
Wasted and deranged for sixty-seven days

We are the golden ones
We are the chosen sons
Oh baby get your gun
Die fast, live long
Every day gonna sing my song

Every dog has its day
Every part of this great and faceless machine
Crippled by the weight of an unjust fate
As the riverbanks rise I just wanna get laid

We are the golden ones
We are the chosen sons
Make your kingdom come
So defiant, self-reliant
We are the golden ones
We are the chosen sons
The revolution won
Take a picture
This work of fiction
Celebrate all you underdogs

Desdemona

Written By: Luke Sneyd

Take me out on a razor blade
In your eyes a knife-edge flashing, so betrayed
You oughtta know love comes and goes
Like a river flows and dies
Is this endless or just today?

Desdemona, you know you broke my heart
Desdemona, or did I start the war?
Desdemona, it's only love that brings us down

There was a girl in the falling rain
There was a boy without a name
They found each other and swore it all would change
And now we know it's all for show
As the stage-lights fade we're standing stock-still
So afraid
We could end this, or start again, again

Desdemona, you know you broke my heart
Desdemona, or did I start the war?
Desdemona, it's only love that brings us down

Just one chance, just one chance
Just one chance, just one chance

Is this endless?
Desdemona, you know you broke my heart
Desdemona, or did I start the war?
Desdemona, it's only love that brings us down

Discography

Charge of the Light Brigade
The Defiant Ones, 2011
We Haven't Been Properly Introduced, 2010

Luke Sneyd
Salvo - February, 2009
All of Us Cities - August, 2007

Featured on Ontario college radio, Alan Cross's Explore Music, XMU, numerous internet stations and New York and European TV.

Set List

40-60 minutes - original material
Songs include "Young Love", "Desdemona", "Fastest of the Losers" and "Charge!!" Sometimes do a wicked cover of Springsteen's "Atlantic City".