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Mind Brains at Stereo Fly

If you dig this strange video, you’ll likely be a fan of this band’s bizarre, psych-pop stylings. They’re playing Live in the Lobby on WUOG tonight at 8pm, and you can stream here live.

TOUR DATES

Feb 20 – Caledonia Lounge – Athens, GA with Double Ferrari and Motherf*cker
May 04 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL opening for Neutral Milk Hotel
May 05 – Beacham Theater – Orlando, FL opening for Neutral Milk Hotel
May 06 – Olympia Theater – Miami, FL opening for Neutral Milk Hotel
May 07 – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL opening for Neutral Milk Hotel

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Mind Brains at Stereo Embers

Apparently being the driving force behind avant post-punkers The New Sound of Numbers isn’t quite enough for Hannah Jones, as she’s recently joined forces with Kris Deason (Dreamboat), Eric Harris (Olivia Tremor Control) and fellow NSON’er Emily Waldron – oh, let’s just call them all Elephant 6 alumni, shall we? – to form the marvelously off-kilter Mind Brains, and SEM is thrilled to offer an exclusive look at their newest video.

Sounding like no less than the Residents at an afternoon tea party where Syd Barrett turns out to be the Mad Hatter (just as we always suspected), which in turn naturally precipitates a visual treatment that’s something akin to a Yoko Ono hostage video, Mind Brains’ delirious “Strange Remember” is just the most recent piece of beguilement from down Athens way. We used to wonder ‘What the hell is it about that place?‘ but frankly we’ve just given up asking. So long as it keeps on coming, whether it be in the form of pop trompe l’œil like this or the regional take on classic melodicism with which the place made it’s name, we’ll be happy. In fact, we’ll be deliriously so. Check it out.

[Mind Brains’ self-titled review is available from Orange Twin here]

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Mind Brains at the Examiner

Sometimes in life you need to take the time to step outside your comfort zone and experience new and different things. By taking time out of your day to listen to the latest record from Mind Brains would classify as doing just that. Consisting of members of Marshmellow Coast, Olivia Tremor Control, of Montreal, Music Tapes and more, The Athens, GA band doen’t just think outside the box it obliterates said box. Mind Brainseagerness to look at music in an abstract manner allows the band to offer up tunes that are a far cry from the everyday fare found all over the radio and on TV. Utilizing a variety of instruments, computers, synthesizers and other noise makers, (I am pretty sure there is a car horn on at least one song) Mind Brains has turned a collection of unrelated noises into a damn fine batch of tunes.

The album welcomes listeners with the track “Happy Stomp”. Built around spacey vocal harmonies, traditional and nontraditional melodies are layered into the track creating an impressive soundscape. The thumping rhythms escort the listener through the valley of beeps, boops, strings, spaceship noises and other tones until they reach the end. On“Morning Before the Morning Before Dawn” Mind Brains creates an enormous ocean of sound that only parts to allow the chanting vocals to surface. Giving the song “The Era of Late Heavy Bombardment” an industrial feel, the music starts slowly before building into a intense brooding piece. The song ominously progresses creating a false sense of anxiety before quietly fading away. One of the better tracks from the record has to be “Body Horror”. Catchy pop melodies traverse the fuzz filled chunky sounds keeping the track from becoming a chaotic mess.

Mind Brains self titled album is truly an acquired taste. If you approach the record with an open mind and embrace the nontraditional songs you will enjoy the listening experience. Like most artistic expression music cannot be contained by a set formula and when people try to do so they get generic music that all sounds the same. Just look at the shape of today’s popular music. I say you should avoid the norm, step outside your comfort zone and let Mind Brains crawl around in your head for a little while.

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Mind Brains at Raised By Gypsies

I really don’t have a reference to compare Mind Brains to but that is okay.   Here’s all that you need to know about this band.   Their music is sometimes instrumental and sometimes it has vocals.   I’ve never actually measured it in any manner but it could be a pretty even split between the two.   Every time I hear the pieces without vocals I start to think who it could possibly sound like and then it changes up into something else.

This definitely rocks and there are space lasers in it.   Some of the beats are poppy and my three year old son likes to dance when I put it on and tell me how much he likes it.   It’s fun like Blur’s “Song 2” but doesn’t really sound like that per se.    There are also these sort of grinding doom parts which remind me of something like Marilyn Manson mixed with a Willy Wonka ride through his chocolate factory.

With Valient Thorr guitar riff booms this can also be eerie like Doctor Who but mostly it’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard before but you’re still going to want to turn it up and turn it up loud.    At any given moment I do expect the vocals to sing in unison “We don’t need no education”, but they never do.

Oh, and this CD also came from Orange Twin Records with bread that had a star shape carved into it.   When I asked their press guy (who does not work in house) about it he said not to trust the bread even though my son wanted to eat it.    So there’s also that.   If you order this CD, you might get some bread.   If you do, and you eat the bread, please email me and let me know how it turns out.   No joke.

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Black Watch / Mind Brains at Big Takeover

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Mind Brains at Big Takeover

Comprised of former and current members of The New Sound of Numbers, Of Montreal, Dark Meat andOlivia Tremor Control, Athens, GA’s Mind Brains tap into an extra-terrestrial future with their brain-warping debut.

Mind Brains is other-worldly pop music for a cyborg proletariat. Droning synthesizers recall the krautrock of Cluster and Radioactivity era Kraftwerk in darker moments, Gary Numan and The United States of America when grayer. Robotic drumming and spacey guitar draw from Chrome and Fifty Foot Hose, though the vocals, mostly haunting choral chants, are kept to a minimum. It’s a cold breath of steel driven by the pulsing blood of sentient lifeforms.

Spacerock doesn’t even describe it. Mind Brains are off in some other dimension, a place beyond the black hole where sound and darkness equate to existence. Jump into the wormhole and feel a new way of being.

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Mind Brains at Rock Decibels

On pourrait qualifier Mind Brains de supergroupe dans la mesure où le line-up de ce combo d’Athens, Géorgie, comprend des membres d’autres groupes : Olivia Tremor Control, Marshmallow Coast, of Montreal, the Music Tapes, et plus…

Malgré ce pedigree impressionnant la musique de cet « debut album » éponyme n’aura rien d’ampoulé ou de déclamatoire. Le son, au contraire, nait sous forme de vague hallucinogènes, d’harrminies vocales qui se courbent et se distendent, d’éclairs de synthés en distorsion et de percussions vacillantes qui semblent venir d’une séquence onirique issue d’une peinture d’un Dalí nourri aux stupéfiants.

Autres images venant en tête, Queen alimenté par Quaaludes, les Beatles, période la plus acide, en mirage distant ; le tout formant une fête pour des sens qui seraient emplis de béatitude et de joie.

Mind Brains, comme se doit d’être tout effort psychédélique, est un travail collaboratif où se fait jour sa manière évidente une esthétique basée sur l’expérimentation et l’exploration soniques façon The Flaming Lips, mais aussi des bribes de tribalisme krautrock et de new wave à la Gary Numan.

Les freakouts seront charmants par moments (« Body Horror »), plus sinistres à d’autres (« Strange Remember »), liés tous ensemble par des interludes chargés d’effets sonores comme des bruits d’amplis ou des collages de guitares souvent à la limite du pastiche.

C’est une psychedelia faite de nappes et de textures, d’idées cérébrales et éthérées, flottantes et sans véritable suite logique en matière de direction. « Happy Stomp » créera un climat mystique en réitérant, tel un mantra, un seul accord et, bien qu’il soit le titre d’ouverture, il ne pourvoit aucune introduction à un disque fait de compositions lâches faites entre amis. C’est de cette manière qu’il a été conçu, c’est ainsi qu’il doit, par conséquent, être écouté.

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Mind Brains at Red & Black

For decades now, Athens has been considered a town with a thriving music scene. Throughout the length of this reputation, which started with bands like the B-52s, the sounds of the Classic City have been associated with the weird and the peculiar.

Local act Mind Brains’ self-titled debut does not stray from this motif of eccentricity and may even push the envelope a little. The album, which was released via Orange Twin Records on Jan. 20, works hard to both frighten and impress the listener.

Using the broadest of terms, “Mind Brains” can be described as a heavily experimental and psychedelic record, although this categorization can’t be said with much confidence.

On its Facebook page, Mind Brains describes its style as “Mind Brains! Yes? Happy! About!!!,” showing an intention to confuse fans as to what type of music they are really listening to. The record backs up this effort too, as its style is ambiguous and fluidly changes throughout.

Songs change from dark and terrifying tracks like “Body Horror” and “The Era of the Late Heavy Bombardment,” to peaceful and melodic anthems such as “Happy Stomp” and “The Morning Before the Morning Before the Dawn.” Listening to the album in order is an emotional journey that may sometimes be difficult to complete.

However, in listening to the lean 34-minute album in its entirety, the cleverness of Mind Brains’ low-fi take on psych-pop begins to emerge.

Each song becomes easier to appreciate in comparisons to one of a completely different mood, and in this way, the album succeeds.

It is on the tracks that really combine these extremes that give the greatest satisfaction, as they serve as a safe haven within the chaotic changes. Songs like “Whistle Tips” and “Bouncy Clocks” emerge as the album’s best numbers, showing the beautiful, true colors that Mind Brains has intentionally buried.

Mind Brains will perform at Flicker Theatre & Bar on Jan. 31.

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Mind Brains at Athens Banner-Herald

There are certain truisms when it comes to Athens music.

One constant is the unusual nature of anything released from those within the Elephant 6 collective. It will be weird, experimental, ranging and often “out-there,” but in a way that is neither unfocused or boring.

The latest creation to join this formidable list of musical acts is Mind Brains, a fivesome which includes members of E6 stalwarts Circulatory System, of Montreal, M. Coast and The Music Tapes.

The band’s self-titled debut dropped on Orange Twin records last week, and Saturday night the band launches its live act at Flicker Theatre and Bar.

What gives the band an odd bent, aside from the spacey, melodic yet somewhat folksy music, is the instruments it uses to make it.

Cobbling together forgotten, out-of-date electronics, Mind Brains employs toy drum machines and fixed-up Casio SK-1’s (those 32-key synths from the 1980s which pumped out cheesy songs when pushing the demo button) to create songs eliciting the minimalist improvisation of Krautrock.

The album’s opening track, “Happy Stomp,” bears this out. Beginning with a clipped chorus of voices, it unfolds into an undercurrent of extended tempos of strings, synths and singing. It’s part Neu!, part A Sunny Day in Glasgow. “Whistle Tips” and “Body Horror” pick up the pace, fashioning more beats, but keeping a stream of voices below the surface.

Andy Gonzales, a Mind Brains member and the main force behind M. Coast, has made this kind of music for years now. His 2009 album Phreak Phantasy showcased elements of what the Mind Brains have recently released.

“I’ve been inspired by ‘80s production and drum machines,” Gonzales told me a few years back. “I’m trying to approach the kind of modern music style like what I think electronica is. I don’t listen to that kind of music, but I want to use those tools and create my own version.”

John Fernandes, who plays with several E6 bands as well, teams up with Alec Livaditis to open the show. Tickets are $5.

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Mind Brains at Flagpole

Mind Brains’ self-titled debut pushes the psychedelic sounds of Elephant 6 deeper and higher into the outer limits. As the CD’s opening number, “Happy Stomp,” unravels its long, drawn-out rhythms, Kraftwerk’s “Europe Endless” and Faust’s “It’s a Rainy Day (Sunshine Girl)” are musical touchstones.

These Krautrock staples light the path that Mind Brains—a group whose resume boasts of its members’ stints with the Olivia Tremor Control, of Montreal, the New Sound of Numbers and more—follows. But as “Body Horror” picks up the pace with its winding synth rhythms, angelic choruses and electronic drum patterns that fall like happy heartbeats, the group dives headlong into its own pool of cosmic dark matter.

Creating a moment in the rhythm is Mind Brains’ true strength, as “Whistle Tips,” “The Era of Late Heavy Bombardment” and “Sea Shore Minor” plow through sonic and psychological terrain that’s ecstatic and uneasy, but bound by an organic process.

This is the group’s first album, but it’s not the first trip these guys and gals have taken together. The scope of rich ideas finds balance in the most unlikely places because these five musicians know each others’ strengths, weaknesses and where Mind Brain’s thoughts are heading next—without even thinking about it.

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