Red Shirt Brigade – Home of the Cannon Saints

Red Shirt Brigade
Home of the Cannon Saints

Geez how long have I been hearing “You need to check out Red Shirt Brigade,” and now the day finally comes. It is written that they play fine pop craftsmanship and resemblance Dismemberment Plan, The Sea and Cake, and other well-known indie bands this year. This four-year-old band of four (bassist, guitarist, drummer, and spazz-out singer), Red Shirt Brigade come from Detroit, and though young, they have managed to record 14 nicely done hits this year.
It seems Home of The Cannon Saints is their third official release (two EPs are out of print). As a nice blend of rock, jazz precession, and roaring but gentle guitar licks that Red Shirt Brigade blend nice and tightly. A lot of snare and a fast pace make the mature arrangements and instrumental periods all somehow blend together. The use of keyboard and/or synth is frequent but offers a lot to the scrambled and sometimes gentle textures. I think this band has a lot to offer and in further releases will show even more progress.
What you can make out the lyrics, they sound somewhat mature as well, even with song titles like “Booty Boot Camp” and “How to Fax in a Million Years.” Looking at Red Shirt Brigade, you don’t see how they come up with such an experienced sound, but the only complaint really coming to mind is that the songs sometimes seem somewhat redundant. This is not often the case but is the only suggestion I can offer. My favorite song of the album would have to be “Here Arrives the Gymnasium,” with distorted bass, keyboard, and plenty of emotion. The song to follow “Mopping Chronicles” brings Death Cab For Cutie to mind and is a close second in my taste.
Another impressing and promising band emerges onto the indie scene with only a few years under their belts and a lot of time to grow. I’m pretty sure they could go almost anywhere, as a slightly hyper instrumental band or simply the jazz-rock foursome they are now. Either way, they have something well written, mastered, and worth taking a listen to.