Last Of The Light Brigade
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Last of the Light Brigade are a highly charismatic band spawned from the isolated and inspiring island of Guernesey. The mix sounds of classic mod and indie rock and are fronted by the charming, stylish and culturally headed Tyler Edmonds.

The track that caught our attention was “Be My Love” which you can check out on their myspace page. Driving groove, infectious chorus and delightful sentiment at the heart of the lyrics (what was her name?).

Band Highlights:

- They recorded their three track EP at Ignition Recording studios in London and are set to record more in 2011.
- They are preparing a “London Tour”.
-They won a competition to open a festival headlined by their idol and mod father Paul Weller at Jersey Live 2010 and have another festival date on the July 2nd 2011.
- They are under management of leading advertising firm Silvester Wyatt-Nicolle.

Quote from Tom Girard of the BBC, Source bbc.co.uk:

“On stage they have a similar appearance, more often than not “suited and booted” in a mod-ish style with Tyler aping Townshend and Morrisey while his Marr, Josh, moves about the stage in a manner reminiscent of Dr Feelgood’s Wilko Johnson.”
- FAADA (Forever And Always Diverse Appreciation) - Record Label/Publishing/Management/PR


They have been known as Stratosfear, No Ambition and Last of the Light Brigade but throughout have delivered the same mod tinged indie punk rock.
The band formed in 2004 while still at school playing covers by the likes of The Who and The Jam.
Singer and guitarist Tyler Edmonds said: "We were in year 10... we weren't very good, like every band when they start out."
Since then the band have evolved and recorded their debut EP in early 2010.
Last of the Light Brigade recorded the three track EP at Ignition studios in London. Tyler said: "We didn't really have any other option - I don't think there's anywhere over here you can get it for our type of music... we needed to go abroad to do it, we've done it and we're very happy with it."
The original core of the band was completed by Stu Carre on drums and Benjamin Queripel on bass and this trio are joined by Joshua Moore on lead guitar.
While Tyler, Ben and Stu met at school, Josh joined later but did know the band members already. He said: "I've always looked up to Tyler and had a passion for music and I liked the guitar."
Tyler added: "I taught him guitar and now he's better than me."
Despite the name changes the band said they are definitely sticking with Last of the Light Brigade. Josh explained the choice of name, "it's based on a poem and it reflects the band," to which Tyler added, "and we really like it!"

The band recorded their debut EP in early 2010
Musically the band incorporate elements of British music from the 1960s up to today with bands like the The Smiths, The Who and The Jam being clear influences.
On stage they have a similar appearance, more often than not "suited and booted" in a mod-ish style with Tyler aping Townshend and Morrisey while his Marr, Josh, moves about the stage in a manner reminiscent of Dr Feelgood's Wilko Johnson.
In the future the band hope to take their "alternative indie" sound further afield, beyond the islands of the Bailiwick.
Tyler said: "I want to go, move away, and do it in England... Josh is still at school so he's got a few years before he's allowed to leave but I definitely want to keep going with it - it's what I enjoy and I don't really enjoy anything else."
Tyler said: "I want to go, move away, and do it in England... Josh is still at school so he's got a few years before he's allowed to leave but I definitely want to keep going with it - it's what I enjoy and I don't really enjoy anything else."
- BBC


Discography

Last Of The Light Brigade EP
1) Be My Love
2) I've Got Nothing
3) Please Don't Break My Heart Of Stone

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Last Of The Light Brigade are a highly charismatic band spawned from the isolated and uninspiring island of Guernsey. They are fronted by the charming, stylish and culturally headed Tyler Edmonds who sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar. When he's not doing this, he can usually be found sipping red wine, listening to female jazz singers from the 1940's and watching cult films. Every band needs it's bassist, and this bands bassist is Benjamin. Not only does he show a passion for music in the band, but also pushes it onto other people for a living as an employee of the international entertainment chain; HMV. Adding the beats to the Brigade is Stu Carre, who not only fiddles with his sticks in the band, but can usually be found fiddling under car bonnets as an apprentice mechanic.

At the pure young age of 13; class mates Tyler Edmonds, Benjamin Queripel and Stu Carre got together as Stratosfear to compete in a school talent contest as a covers band playing the likes of The Jam, The Who and Oasis. As they matured in sound and age they became an all originals band called No Ambition - mixing sounds of classic punk and indie. In early 2010 they decided they ought to be named something more representative of themselves and taking inspiration from the famous Rudyard Kipling poem; Last Of The Light Brigade was born.

If you look back to their first gig, they have gone from strength to strength. Improving on many essential factors of the music business such as image, stage presence, charisma and song writing. They have a dedicated team of brigadiers that turn up to every gig sporting their best attire and dancing along to the songs as if it were a scene in Quadrophenia.

They went on to record a three track EP featuring three of their most popular songs at Ignition Recording Studios in London. Be My Love is the first track on the album, featuring layers of intense guitar which together with it's poetic lyrics became a massive hit at their live performances. The second track "I've Got Nothing" (which has been in the band since the early days of Stratosfear) is riddled with attitude and brings everything you could possibly want in a hit record straight to the table. Last but definitely not least, "Please Don't Break My Heart of Stone" demonstrates the bands ability to pull on the heart strings of any alpha male. With it's melodic guitars, sensationally intense lyrics and a hook like no other; you couldn't ask for more from this anthem like song.

In May 2010, this positive press was bought to the attention of local leading Advertising firm Silvester Wyatt-Nicole who approached the band with the idea of managing them as a new and interesting project. It was around about this time that the band auditioned to play at the highly rated boutique festival Jersey Live. Many bands sent in their demos and Last Of The Light Brigade were picked to be the only unsigned band to play on the Sunday, allowing them to share the stage with the mod father himself; Paul Weller, as well as other prestigious acts such as Kate Nash, The View and The Magic Numbers. The feedback from the show was brilliant, with the Stage Manager saying that he rated their set higher than most of the signed bands on the same bill.

All things considered the band are heading in a positive direction, and aspire for musical success. One thing for sure is that if an opportunity came along; they'd take to it like a cat to cream.