Will Be Will Be
London-based quartet Brigade rank as one of the most criminally overlooked bands in British rock music. Unbridled by the latest 'scene' or fashion, they've always teetered on the brink of the 'big-time', picking up plenty of critical plaudits along the way for their impeccable ability to write huge, timeless rock songs that are built on intricate structures and eschew clichés. With third album, 'Will Be Will Be', though, they've outdone themselves. Eight years into their career, the 11-tracker finds the band in irresistible form. Carrying on from the impressive salvo that was last year's 'Love Is A Duel' EP, the record caps a triumphant fight-back for the band, who almost never got round to making another album following 08's 'Come Morning We Fight', owing to singer Will Simpson suffering vocal problems that threatened Brigade's future. Self-Produced by the band and mixed by Mark Williams (Biffy Clyro, Bloc Party), 'Will Be Will Be' is the most ambitious thing Brigade - a band who have never shied from expansive rock songs or massive melodies - have ever done, and they've pulled it off with aplomb. For the first time, the band used electronic programming, percussion and strings, and in 'Find Your Own Way Home' included gang vocals contributed by PledgeMusic pledgers - fans who got involved by donating to the record's funding. The consistent class Brigade have shown throughout their career is matched by a loyal and dedicated fanbase who were delighted to donate towards 'Will Be Will Be'. Digital versions of the album went straight out to pledgers upon it's completion in March, followed by full, artworked CD versions in May. Now, though, the band are setting about a full commercial release through Swansea-based label Mighty Atom, where they began their career with first album 'Lights' back in 2006. Remastered, the full-length comes with a bonus DVD made up of live footage from three back-to-back shows in which they played each of their albums in their entirety at London's Hope & Anchor, interspersed with music videos and interview footage to create a documentary of the Brigade story. It' in no way overstating the sonic scope and musical vision of Brigade to say that this is a band comparable to British rock powerhouses such as Muse and Biffy Clyro, and that they haven't been able to reach similar levels of commercial success is in no way a reflection of their quality. 'Will Be Will Be' is the ultimate way to close this part of the band's rich history, and is undoubtedly one of the finest UK rock records of 2011. If they never make another album, it will leave a fitting legacy.