Former Sum 41 guitarist returns to his metal roots

Brown Brigade was founded by guitarist Dave “Brownsound” Baksh, left, and his cousin bassist Vaughn Lal. The band plays the El Mocambo on Nov. 7.


For Dave Baksh, there is life after Sum 41.

It’s called Brown Brigade, a GTA-based classic metal outfit the guitarist set up with his cousin, bassist Vaughn Lal. Baksh (a.k.a. Brownsound) brought the band to the fore in May of 2006 when he announced he would quit his high-profile pop-punk outfit to go full-time with the side project, which dates back to 2001. Their first full-length sojourn, Into The Mouth Of Badd(d)ness, has got it all: Face melting guitar solos, an Iron Maiden cover, and a hilarious big finish at the end of their track Last Writes that resolves again and again and again.

But this family affair is old hat for Baksh and Lal. The pair grew up together writing and playing metal riffs, something he always got more of a kick out of as opposed to his less challenging previous role.

“There’s just always been a connection between Vaughn and I musically that I’ve never really had with anybody else,” he says. “And it was a lot more fun writing the metal stuff and having riffs that make your mind concentrate and keep you more involved in the music . . . Metal has always been coursing through my veins.”

Baksh says there are no hard feelings among his former bandmates. He notes the group saw the split coming, and doesn’t rule out a possible reunion for a concert or a tour.

“They gave me their blessing as soon as I called. To quote (drummer) Steve (Jocz) when I called him, ‘We were expecting it,’” he said. “I love those guys. I’d totally reunite for a concert or a tour or something. But Brown Brigade would always be my main squeeze.”

It’s a main squeeze Baksh doesn’t want to corrupt with the glamour and money a rock band can generate, saying he wants to focus on the music and be happy with what he has. An issue of irritation for Baksh, Badd(d)ness comments on the effect of avarice in a capitalist’s world.

“It more stems from my dislike for greed,” he says of the album. “I think something that really opened my eyes was a trip to Africa, with Sum 41, and I realized what greed is capable of, how you shove your problems under the rug and how that can really affect people who are supplying you with what’s making you your money, or what I would say, your greed.”

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