did a email interview with frontman Will Simpson
from Brigade just as they were finishing their
tour with Aiden, we talked about the new album
'Come Morning We Fight', how the past two years
have been, if they are looking forward to being
back on the road with Fightstar and much more.
lot has changed with Brigade since we last interviewed
you back in November 2006, how have the past 16
A lot has changed for the band but it’s
felt like a slow process getting to be able
to finally release our second album. We were
overwhelmed with the critical acclaim we received
for Lights and the response we had while touring
it. But at the end of 2006 we parted company
from mighty atom and our management and so were
left at the start of 2007 needing to write and
record a new album, but having to worry about
finding a new team to support us and enable
it to happen. We didn't plan on taking so long
to finish the record, but it took the best part
of a year to get everything back up and running
and complete writing the album amidst day jobs.
So, while we have developed as a band in that
time, on the flipside we are also left wondering
whether anyone still really cares about this
band and in certain respects it now feels like
we're starting again, slowly trying to re-establish
ourselves and build on what we previously achieved.
are currently touring with Aiden, how is the tour
The tour’s going great, even better than
we hoped and it’s been a lot of fun. We
weren’t sure how well we would go down
with Aiden fans but the response so far has
been really positive and it’s been fantastic
playing these big venues again as we feel more
at home on larger stages.
you fans of Aiden as musicians?
I hadn’t really listened to them before
the tour but seeing them every night really
impressed me as they are great musicians and
are awesome live. On the first night I looked
at the other Brigade boys and you could see
we were all thinking now that’s how to
put on a show!
are Aiden like to tour with?
Lovely, lovely guys. I’d been told they
are the nicest band and they certainly live
up to the reputation. Also, they are always
up for a laugh and look after us really well
which has been great.
after the Aiden tour finishes you are heading
back out on the road to support Fightstar on the
bands Ride The Deathcar tour, are you looking
forward to be playing with them again?
Definitely. We’ve only toured with them
once before and that was in 2005 and we had
a brilliant time. Obviously it’s wicked
to hang out with my brother every day but we
feel this time round will be much better as
the new album will be out and I think the Fightstar
fans will hopefully really appreciate some of
the new tunes. We’ve got quite a heavy
set lined up and we’ve upped our game
a lot since last time and so are determined
to go out and silence any remaining doubters
we expect a headline Brigade tour shortly after
the Fightstar tour?
We hope to be out headlining in July with a
bit of luck!
forthcoming single 'Shortcuts' is stunning, what
made you decide to give this track away as a free
Thanks very much! It was a track that I wrote
way back in 2003 and so we were unsure for a
while whether to put it on the album, especially
as an earlier version had appeared as a B-side
to ‘Guillotine’ from ‘Lights’.
But we felt the new arrangement was really strong
and believed in the chorus and so went for it
as an introduction to the album bridging where
we left off to the present with a balls out
rock track! I would have loved it as a full
single but we realised how important radio play
could be to a band like us and felt there were
stronger singles to hold back.
second album 'Come Morning We Fight' is released
on the 12th May, what can we expect from it?
I think the main thing to expect is simply
a collection of hard hitting great rock songs
with bucket loads of melody, which falls outside
of genre pigeonholing. The riffs and bigger,
it’s more dynamic and we’ve pushed
ourselves with our playing skills and experimentation
on this album so you can expect a few curve
balls too along the way.
does 'Come Morning We Fight' differ from your
previous album 'Lights'?
The main difference between the two records
lies with the fact that we have become better
songwriters and so CMWF is a stronger album
with greater diversity and with this one we
realised the importance of vocal melodies as
opposed to simply concentrating on guitars.
The new songs are much more vocally led and
we paid a lot of attention to the song structures
and arrangements and the whole thing sounds
far more concise.
Morning We Fight' has been really hyped up, are
you positive that it will live up to expectations?
With Lights I always felt we were finding our
feet and had a long way to go but I really believe
in this album and am proud of these songs to
the extent that I think people who love rock
music ‘should’ hear it rather than
simply hope they do! I am positive that for
anyone who will listen to this album with an
open mind will definitely not be disappointed.
I feel like this is the one that will hopefully
give us the opportunity to reach a wider audience
and can only hope enough people give it a chance!
did you go about writing, recording and creating
'Come Morning We Fight'?
As we still have full time day jobs it was
difficult to find the time to write but we took
3 weeks off and wrote the majority in that period
in a rehearsal space. It was the first time
that we’d written as a unit rather than
1 or 2 of us writing all the songs, Someone
would bring a riff or part of a song and then
we’d work on it and make it into song
which if we were still buzzing about a few days
later we’d keep in the mix rather than
ditch! We then fine tuned the songs over the
following months in rehearsals and went into
Monnow Valley Studio in Wales with Chris Sheldon
in December for 3 weeks and then a week in his
own studio in London to record it.
is the first official single to be taken from
'Come Morning We Fight' and is released on the
28th April, what made you choose this song as
the lead single?
We had discussions with our manager and radio
plugger and decided that this song was a great
choice of first single as it perfectly mixed
the big pop melodies with the driving riffs
people have come to expect from us. We have
embraced our pop sensibilities on this record
and didn’t want to confuse the hardcore
rock fans too early on who might question our
direction! When you hear the album I think it
all makes sense so Pilot seemed to fit following
on from Shortcuts.
artwork for your new material is a lot different
from your previous stuff, have you chosen a different
artist this time around?
No it’s the same guy, a good friend of
ours and extremely talented graphic designer
called Tom Hodgkinson. A band should always
evolve in some degree and we wanted that to
go right across the album with the artwork aswell
and so Tom tried a different approach which
worked brilliantly. He had a concept in mind
from the start and we were very happy to let
him run with it as we knew he’d do an
amazing job again and we were delighted with
left the band in May 2006, was this a shock to
you at the time?
Not so much a shock just disappointing as we
saw it coming but hoped it wouldn’t happen.
We knew Fim had been unhappy on the road for
a while and as it’s such a massive part
of being in a band we knew we had to respect
that and were just very grateful for everything
he put into the band over the past 3 years.
didn’t take you to long to take on new drummer
Andrew Kearton, what made you chose him and has
he fully settled in now?
We held auditions and were overwhelmed by the
response! We narrowed it down to 12 and he simply
stood out above everyone else and we knew immediately
he was the right man for the job. We were very
lucky to find him so quickly and now it feels
like he’s always been there and the band
unity couldn’t be better.
we expect to see Brigade at any UK festivals across
Download in June and we are keeping our fingers
crossed for others!
you have any plans to try and conquer America?
At some point we’d love to and hope the
album might be well received out there but we
need to cement ourselves in the UK first and
of course make our first trip to Europe.
advice would you give to a new band starting off?
Believe in yourself and don’t ever give
up but most importantly don’t stop trying
to better yourself. If I look back now to when
we first started I cringe at some of the songs
I was writing which I thought were good at the
time! I’m now a much better songwriter
as I’ve kept working at it and I believe
if your songs really are great they will be
discovered you just have to get yourselves out
there as much as you can and don’t get
time we interviewed you we asked you where you
see your band in 5 years time and you said you
would like to be a well-established rock band,
do you see 2008 the year that this happens?
I really hope so simply because we really believe
in this album and think it’s the one which
deserves to cement us as a rock band who will
still be around in a few years time.
final random question that we ask every band;
if you had a choice, what animal would you be
out of a Zebra and a Giraffe?
Giraffe - It’s all about the view!
for your time, is there a message you would like
to give to your fans reading this?
Thanks for continuing to believe is us and
I hope you are as proud of this record as we
are! See you on the road!
Interview by Trigger