Our guests on Talk of the Gorge were Lou Marzeles and Leslie Geatches, the core of the Goldendale-based folk-rock band Sonic Light Brigade. The group focuses on great melody, catchy rhythms, and sound craftsmanship. While known for its prize-winning originals, the group also plays a crowd-pleasing mix of well-known songs, and they are skilled at programming concerts for specific occasions. As live performers, their aim is to be engaging, moving, and at the same time a lot of fun.
In its choice of material, the band specializes in what they call memorable music. “There’s a reason people remember certain music,” says Marzeles. “There are qualities in some songs that make them stick fondly in the mind. We focus on those qualities. During our sets you could hear well-known tunes from a wide range of eras alongside originals that sound like they could have easily come from those same times. We play them because great melody and catchy rhythms are the foundational qualities that shape all lasting trends and patterns for popular music.” The band covers a lot of decades of music, though it certainly isn’t about “oldies,” especially given that half the band is in their 20s and love the music they play. “It’s about melody, harmony, rhythm, fun—by all means fun—the sound and spirit of being in a great groove together.” And when the band performs, they include their audience in that groove. Topping off the familiar sounds are the band’s originals that have won awards and a recording contract.