Morgan - vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica
Anita Chase - vocals, electric and acoustic guitar
Lahvic - vocals, bass and acoustic guitar
Gilbert - drums, percussion
Szpunar - banjo, accordion, 12 string and bass guitar, mountain
Christopher - violin, acoustic and electric guitar, glockenspiel,
Morgan and the Lost Brigade is a hard-working Chicago band who has
made its mark on the local music scene and is now pushing farther
into the Midwest. With the diversity of banjo and dulcimer alongside
male and female vocal harmonies, the band blends hopeful, upbeat rock
with the deep reality of folk roots. MMLB is as "intense as
whiskey with all the flavors of fine wine. Bombastic, upbeat
pop/folk grabs audiences by the hand." , says OnAxis Music.
With a showcase
at SXSW 2013 in Austin, TX and nominations for three 2013 Indie Music
Channel Awards (Best Album, Best Alternative Music Video, and Best
Folk Music Video) the band is relishing in its newfound success and
captivate new and
group began carving out a niche in 2009 when members of two local
bands (folk- based Black Bottle Junction and rock-based 1/2 Mad
Poet) joined as recruits to support Matthew Morgan’s solo project,
"Red Silhouettes", which was released in winter 2011. Both
Matt and bassist, Kevin Lahvic are visual artists as well as
musicians. This connection to Chicago’s Wicker Park art scene is another factor that sets the group apart as MMLB has established a fan base with well-attended shows at local galleries, including First Fridays for the Flat Iron Artist's Association.
2012, MMLB partnered with CAUDDog Records of Chicago, IL to record
their debut album "Found" with producer Ellis Clark (who
has worked with groups including The Handcuffs and Jeff Tweedy of
Wilco), creating a collection of songs that exemplify the complex
nature of their live performances within the context of an album.
Their first release from the album was the release of a music video
for "Elephant Man", in partnership with Bailout Pictures.
The video with its creepy bent on the state of American politics came
out just prior to the November 2012 presidential elections. Its
timely release garnered favorable reviews from press including Lee
Klawans of the Examiner who called it "A crafty bit of
buzz around the video helped contribute to a full house for the
December CD release party at Chicago's famous Double Door, which was
"...arguably the most entertaining release show I've ever
witnessed", according to Lonnie Edwards of The Neorevivalist.
is a ten course banquet of sound featuring the band's seamless fusion
of folk, blues, and alternative rock that nods to predecessors like
R.E.M and The Decemberists, while simultaneously declaring its
originality. Alongside solid, beat driven, radio friendly songs such
as "Dustbowl" and "Black Water", lies a lush
landscape of acoustic instruments and layered arrangements. "Whose
Gods Are These?" showcases the band's personality and
willingness to display their fragility, drawing listeners of all
backgrounds to their music. Songs from the album are currently being
played on 140 college radio stations across the United States and
they have signed several licensing deals with television production
companies for shows featured on MTV, the Disney Channel, and the
Discovery Network via Tinderbox Music.
is a group of serious musicians who met through a wide variety of
means, from chance encounters to friends who “forgot” to mention
they were wildly talented. They have all played professionally in
other music projects and now each member brings strength to the band
by adding harmonies, multi-instrumentalist skills, and a plethora of
life experiences. Eric Shelkopf of The Total Scene says MMLB is
"...bringing beauty to the Chicago music scene". Their
energetic live shows are a sonic feast that satiates the hunger for
honest roots music mixed with fresh, fun, creative rock.
Morgan and the Lost Brigade make music you will be glad to find.