“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle
The Lost Brigade, a hard working Chicago band, has a sound that is an eclectic mix of the diverse talents of its members. Their energetic live shows are a sonic feast, which satiate the hunger for honest roots music mixed with fresh, fun creative rock. The band blends hopeful and upbeat rock with assorted influences including alternative, Americana, indie, folk, pop, Motown and classical.
This collection of experienced musicians includes Anita Chase – guitar and vocals, Kevin Lahvic – bass, vocals and guitar, Jeff Gilbert – drums and percussion, and Anand Christopher – violin, guitar, harmonica and vocals. They are occasionally joined by Eric Lewis-Baker – cello, banjo, trumpet, bass, accordion, mandolin, vocals and guitar.
Formerly Matthew Morgan and the Lost Brigade (MMLB), the band landed a record deal with Chicago label, CAUDog Records, releasing their debut CD “FOUND” in December of 2012 with a sold out show at Chicago’s famous Double Door. MMLB became The Lost Brigade in December 2013 after the departure of Matthew Morgan and Dave Spzuner. The Lost Brigade remains true to the band’s original musical mission (Make Friends not Fans) while adding new sounds and instrumentation to an already impressive collection of styles.
Involved in the local art scene, The Lost Brigade rehearses in the studio of bassist Kevin, also a professional visual artist, in the famous Flat Iron Arts Building in Wicker Park. The band can be heard there (Gallery #222) every first Friday of the month. These ongoing “art + music” shows set The Lost Brigade apart from other Chicago bands.
The Lost Brigade made its mark on the Chicago music scene and is expanding into the Midwest with support from CAUDog Records. During 2013, the band played in Chicago’s best live music venues such as Subterranean, Hard Rock Cafe, Martyr’s, Abby Pub, Uncommon Ground, Goose Island, Wise Fools Pub, Elbo Room and more. The Lost Brigade also performed at many of the city’s festivals: Taste of Lincoln Avenue, Coyote Art Festival, Bucktown Garden Walk, RAW, Milwaukee Ave Art Fest and the inaugural “Chillfest.” In addition, the group has performed in Ohio, Texas and Kansas – the highlight was at SXSW in Austin, which is also on the calendar for 2014.
Press regarding MMLB called the band as “intense as whiskey with all the flavors of fine wine. Bombastic, upbeat pop/folk grabs audiences by the hand. It’s a sweet slow dance…” (OnAxis Music). The Lost Brigade retains that intensity and continues to bring new flavors to the audience.
We invite you, old friends and new to ride along.