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Brown Brigade

Formed: 2006
From: Canada
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Brown Brigade news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Brown Brigade Issues Band Update

Brown Brigade, the metal band featuring former Sum 41 guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh, recently posted and update where they discuss going online-only with rare physical releases. Here's the entire update:

"So Vaughn and I have finally decided what we are going to do. Brown Brigade will be strictly and online presence with a few tiny moments of vinyl, and splits. When we started the idea for this band the industry was not well equipped for a strictly online presence. Songs will now consist of a lineup we ultimately decide. So we won't be sticking to standard bullshit. We will also write a lot more than metal so be prepared and don't be a pussy when it comes to the 'out there' stuff we make. I hope you all understand that Vaughn has a business to run and I have much of my time being put into Organ Thieves these days.

"When we tried to make BB a fulltime gig we found we were met with a lot of hostility from metal elitists, most of them born post 1990. I hate to sound like an old man but if you think you know metal you can go fuck yourself. We also got some hostility from punkers as well. This surprised me as a particular group of 'punx' from our Pennywise tour told us to 'Eat shit and die.' This was said right as they were entering an H2 driven by what appeared to be their mother. I should mention they took special care in making sure their mohawks didn't hit the ceiling. I can understand it probably costs a lot to get that done at the salon, not to mention the price of hair fudge these days.

"We also know many of you are saying 'Whoah man ease up.' I think we have spent too much time 'easing up.' My hippie blood is boiling so eat a dick."

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Brown Brigade Add Guitarist

BROWN BRIGADE, the new metal band featuring former SUM 41 guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh, has announced the addition of guitarist Chuck Coles (ex-CAUTERIZE, MURDER CULTURE).

In other news, BROWN BRIGADE has released its video for the song "Aggravation Plantation". The song comes off the group's full-length debut, "Record Into the Mouth of Badd(d)ness", which came out on September 18. Watch the clip below.

Speaking to Dose.ca of time he decided to leave SUM 41, Baksh said, "Honestly, I really did get really thankless and I still feel like and asshole for it. Because you're up there — and no matter what, no matter who you're dealing with, no matter what country you're in — somebody wants to take something from you. If you really let that get to you and not realize that's what your fucking job is, then it is going to get under your skin and reach down into your soul. But I kind of realized after the period I've had off and just at the end of the time that I had with SUM 41 that you can't really just sit there and feel sorry for yourself...You have to make the best time on this Earth that you can."

He added, "It's weird. I've not only wanted to play metal my entire life — I've been playing metal all of my life. Whenever I was practicing off stage [with SUM 41], it would be to heavy metal." More...

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Baksh: "I've Been Playing Metal All Of My Life"

Guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh recently spoke to Canada's Dose.ca about his decision to quit multi-platinum pop-punk act SUM 41 and focus on his "fist-pumping, vocal-grumbling, balls-to-the-walls metal" side project BROWN BRIGADE.

"Honestly, I really did get really thankless and I still feel like and asshole for it," Baksh explains of time he decided to leave SUM 41. "Because you're up there — and no matter what, no matter who you're dealing with, no matter what country you're in — somebody wants to take something from you. If you really let that get to you and not realize that's what your fucking job is, then it is going to get under your skin and reach down into your soul. But I kind of realized after the period I've had off and just at the end of the time that I had with SUM 41 that you can't really just sit there and feel sorry for yourself...You have to make the best time on this Earth that you can."

While Baksh wasn't able to showcase his impressive axe-slaying skills to their full extent while playing in SUM 41, with BROWN BRIGADE, he's able to exploit his nimble solo-shredding skills to their full capacity. The band, which also features Baksh's cousin, Vaughn Lal, on bass, will debut its full-length release, "Record Into the Mouth of Badd(d)ness", on Tuesday (Sept. 18).

"It's weird. I've not only wanted to play metal my entire life — I've been playing metal all of my life," he relates. "Whenever I was practicing off stage [with SUM 41], it would be to heavy metal."

Read the entire interview at Dose.ca.

Read the full article at Dose.ca.

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Brown Brigade's Debut To Be Released By June

Aquarius Records has announced that Brown Brigade's first as-yet-untitled record should be seeing the light of day by June. Brown Brigade features ex-SUM 41 guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh, his cousin Vaughn Lal (bass), and singer Travis Sanders (RPO). The band toured across Canada with PENNYWISE and the CIRCLE JERKS late last year

You can check out a track on their MySpace page.

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Ex-Sum 41 Guitarist Returns w/ Brown Brigade

BROWN BRIGADE, the new metal band featuring ex-SUM 41 guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh and his cousin Vaughn Lal (bass), has announced the addition of singer Travis Sanders (RPO) to the group's ranks. The band is currently recording a six-song EP and preparing for a cross-Canada tour with PENNYWISE and the CIRCLE JERKS. In the meantime, if you want to get a rough idea of what BROWN BRIGADE sounds like, check out the band's MySpace page. "These are basically demos of us with a drum machine and no vox," the band writes on its web site.

In a June 2006 interview with MTV.com, Baksh stated about BROWN BRIGADE, "As a guitarist — and this isn't meant to insult SUM's music — but it was getting way too easy to play. I really wanted to get into my roots and pay homage to the three bands that started me off in music: ANTHRAX, MEGADETH and METALLICA.

"I'm not the most serious guy in the world, so BROWN BRIGADE songs are about funny stuff," he added. "I think that SUM 41 lost a lot of their sense of humor, which is where things started to go wrong. The whole thing got a bit too dark for the public."

"The basic music [of BROWN BRIGADE] is going to be metal and some thrash, some IRON MAIDEN with some DEEP PURPLE thrown in, too. It's going to be red-hot. I can't wait."

BROWN BRIGADE supporting PENNYWISE and CIRCLE JERKS:

Oct. 03 - Croation Cultural Centre - Vancouver, BC
Oct. 04 - Commodore - Vancouver, BC
Oct. 06 - MacEwan Hall - Calgary, AB
Oct. 07 - The venue formerly Red's - Edmonton, AB
Oct. 08 - Odeon - Saskatoon, SK
Oct. 09 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
Oct. 11 - Club Denim - Guelph, ON
Oct. 12 - The Phoenix - Toronto, ON
Oct. 13 - Surface - Ottawa, ON
Oct. 14 - Metropolis - Montreal, PQ
Oct. 15 - Imperial - Quebec City, PQ

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Ex-Sum 41 Guitarist Practiced Death's "Symbolic"

Guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh, who surprised his fans last week when he announced through a press release that he had left SUM 41, has told Rolling Stone magazine that he quit the group because of musical differences. "As a guitar player, growing up I always used to practice the entire album of 'Symbolic' by DEATH, you know what I mean?" he said.

Baksh has since connected with his first cousin, bassist Vaughn Lal, with whom he used to play before joining SUM 41 and continue to jam when he was off the road. "It was always a release for the two of us," he said, "where we could just get together and hang out and write songs and stuff like that."

Baksh says the pair is serious and has already dubbed the group the BROWN BRIGADE — complete with the logo of a brown knight. He's found a drummer, Lee Fairlea, and a second guitarist, "The Craigulator" (his guitar tech from SUM 41), and is now seeking a singer who lives in the Greater Toronto or Durham, Ontario, area.

"We're really just looking for somebody who fits the bill," said Baksh. "They have to be able to go from Death to Blood, Sweat and Tears at the drop of the hat. It's me, so of course it's going to be heavy metal. But that's all I'm going to say."

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Sum 41 Guitarist Quits To Focus On New Metal Band

MTV.com reports that after more than a decade of making brash, catchy pop-punk together, Sum 41 and guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh have parted ways. In a statement released by Upper Management, the company that represents Baksh, the guitarist attributed his exit to the old standby of creative differences, but said the split was completely amicable.

"I couldn't continue on creatively in Sum 41 without being a thorn in the side of the band. As people grow, they change," the statement read. "All I can ask is that our fans understand and accept my thanks for being there for me whenever I was feeling happy, sad or depressed.

"The first thing Steve [Jocz], Cone [McCaslin] and Deryck [Whibley] told me was that they just want me to be happy. It was awesome to hear that we all had the same feelings," the statement continued. "We are brothers, and no matter what, they are Sum 41 and they will make an incredible album! Peace love and all of the above."

According to Mike Renaud, the president of Upper Management, the split was simply a matter of Baksh wanting to focus his creative energies elsewhere.

Brown Brigade will have more of a "classic metal" feel to it, Renaud said, adding that Baksh is currently working on songs and auditioning singers for the band. He also added that Sum 41 are in the early stages of writing a follow-up to Chuck.

Sum 41 have been cited before as being metal fans, particularly fans of Slayer. While playing primarily pop-punk, each of their albums have had at least one "metal" tribute song on them, with the latest offering "Chuck" containing several heavier (relatively) tunes including "The Bitter End" which sounds like a Sum 41-style mashup of Metallica's "Battery" and "Master of Puppets" riffs.

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