Brown Brigade

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Brown Brigade
Guitarist Dave Baksh performing in 2003
Guitarist Dave Baksh performing in 2003
Background information
OriginOntario, Canada
Years active2003, 2006–2009
Associated actsSum 41, Organ Thieves, Cauterize, The Quits, RPO, Blackjacket (no longer registered)
Past membersDave Baksh
Vaughn Lal
Johnny Owens
Chuck Coles
Cess Rock
Craig Pattison
Travis Sanders

Brown Brigade was a reggae-influenced heavy metal band created by then-former Sum 41 guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh, after leaving Sum 41 in 2006. The band's final line-up was Baksh himself, (vocals, guitar), Vaughn Lal (bass, backing vocals), Johnny Owens (drums), Chuck Coles (guitar), and Cess Rock (live percussion). Baksh returned to Sum 41 in 2015.


Formation and Into the Mouth of Badd(d)ness (2003, 2006–2007)[edit]

Baksh formed Brown Brigade as a side-project with his cousin Vaughn Lal in 2003; the band kept a low profile until May 2006, when Baksh left Sum 41 to develop Brown Brigade.[1][2]

Brown Brigade also recruited drummer Johnny Owens, guitarist Craig "The Craigulator" Pattison (Baksh's guitar tech with Sum 41), and percussionist Cess Rock,[3] and chose a mascot, "the Brown Knight", which later appeared in the band's music video for "Aggravation Plantation".

The band was signed to Aquarius Records in September 2006, and in October released a debut EP title Appetizer for Destruction, a reference to the Guns N' Roses album Appetite for Destruction. The EP was sold exclusively on the band's live shows supporting Pennywise on their Canadian tour.

Brown Brigade recorded a thirteen-track album which was mixed in Los Angeles in March 2007. In July a promotional cover song from the album, Iron Maiden's "Hallowed Be Thy Name" was released by the fansite "There is no Resolution". In August the album, Into the Mouth of Badd(d)ness, was released in the United States and Canada through iTunes, and the next month the CD version was released in Canada through Aquarius Records.

In September 2007, guitarist Chuck Coles, formerly of pop punk band Cauterize, joined the band as a second guitarist, after the departure of guitarist Craig Pattison.

Over the next two years, the band announced plans to recruit a new lead vocalist and to release new recordings, but these did not materialize. Through 2009, the band was less active because some of its members became involved in another band, the Organ Thieves, started by Coles. After November the band went into hiatus, and although plans were made to release some already created material online, this did not happen either, and the band never reunited. With Baksh rejoining Sum 41 in 2015, there are currently no plans for Brown Brigade to reunite.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Dave "Brownsound" Baksh – guitar, percussion (2003, 2006–2009), lead vocals (2006–2009)
  • Vaughn Lal – bass, backing vocals (2003, 2006–2009)
  • Johnny "No-Triggers" Owens – drums, percussion (2006–2009)
  • Chuck Coles – lead & rhythm guitars (2007–2009)
  • Cess Rock – vocals, live percussion (2006–2009)

Former members[edit]

  • Craig Pattison - lead guitar (2003, 2006–2007)
  • Travis Sanders - lead vocals (2006)
  • Lee Fairley - drums (2006)


Release date Title Record label
November 2006 Appetizer for Destruction (EP) Aquarius Records
August 14, 2007 Into the Mouth of Badd(d)ness Aquarius Records


  1. ^ "Dave 'Brownsound' Baksh Says Sum 41 Got 'Too Dark For The Public'". MTV James Montgomery, June 8, 2006
  2. ^ "Sum 41 Guitarist Quits, Seeks Metal". Rolling Stone, May 16, 2006KAREN BLISS archived at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ McLean, Steve (2006-05-15). "Former Sum 41 Guitarist Dave Baksh Forms Brown Brigade". Chart. Retrieved 2009-08-07.

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