Mullen (left), Moakes (right)
|Labels||Holy Roar, Wichita|
|Associated acts||Bloc Party, The Automatic, yourcodenameis:milo|
|Past members||Will Bowerman|
Young Legionnaire are a British rock band formed in 2009. Since 2010, the band's lineup has consisted of founders Paul Mullen (of The Automatic, formerly of yourcodenameis:milo) and Gordon Moakes (of Bloc Party) alongside drummer Dean Pearson. Will Bowerman was the band's drummer from their formation until his departure in 2010, returning to touring duties with La Roux.
The band released their first single, the limited vinyl release of "Colossus/Iron Dream" through Holy Roar Records, in 2010, with their debut album Crisis Works released through Wichita Recordings the following year to favourable reviews. An extended play entitled Wreckonomics was released in 2012.
In 2006, Mullen's band at the time, yourcodenameis:milo started a collaborations project called Print Is Dead, the idea being bands would go up to the yourcodenameis:milo studio in Newcastle and spend no longer than one day writing and recording a song for a record. Moakes was among the musicians who took part in the project, recording a track with the band called "Wait A Minute". This started the idea of working together again, although commitments with their other bands had meant that they did not have time to. When yourcodenameis:milo went on hiatus in 2007, Mullen joined The Automatic as a guitarist and vocalist, with Moakes continuing with Bloc Party.
With Bloc Party on hiatus and The Automatic taking some time off in December 2009, Moakes and Mullen convened with drummer William Bowerman. In January 2010, the group were revealed to be named "Young Legionnaire" and they played their first show at the end of January in London. On 16 August 2010, the band released their first single, the double A Side "Colossus/Iron Dream" on both limited edition vinyl and digitally on Holy Roar Records. William Bowerman was replaced with Dean Pearson in 2010 as Bowerman's schedule as touring drummer for La Roux took priority.
It was revealed in early 2011 that the band would be releasing their debut album Crisis Works on 9 May 2011 through Wichita, produced by longtime producer of Mullen's other band, The Automatic, Richard Jackson. Album track "Chapter, Verse" was made available on the band's website as a free download after being premiered on Zane Lowe BBC Radio 1 show. The band were announced also as the support for Les Savy Fav, as well as making appearances at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
- Paul Mullen – vocals, guitars
- Gordon Moakes – bass, vocals
- Dean Pearson – drums, percussion (since 2010)
- William Bowerman – drums, percussion (2009–2010)
- Studio albums
- Crisis Works (9 May 2011)
- Extended plays
- Wreckonomics (12 March 2012)
- "Colossus/Iron Dream" (16 August 2010)
- "Chapter, Verse" (8 March 2011)
- "Numbers" (2 May 2011)
- Music Videos
- "Colossus" (2010)
- "Numbers" (2011)
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- "Crisis Works — Young Legionnaire". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
- Adams, Sean (December 7, 2011). "Free Download: 'Killdozer' by Young Legionnaire". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
- Oatesi, Raegan (2011-02-16). "YOUNG LEGIONNAIRE set to release debut full-length album ‘Crisis Works’ on May 9th 2011". From Dawn 2 Dusk Magazine (http://fd2d.com/). Retrieved 2011-02-23.
- 3 days recording with an exciting new side project starting tomorrow with @paulmullen and Gordon Moakes william bowerman, Twitter, 13 December 2009