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Mind Brains at Mad Mackerel

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Mind Brains at Stereo Embers

Twice I’ve torn away pages beginning this review. Do I bring up the fact that the CD arrived unbidden in a slightly oversized envelope with a full-color promo sheet and sandwiched between two slices of white bread each with a perfect heart cut dead center, or leave out that detail as extraneous information no matter how delightfully this bit of postal hijinks struck its recipient? The answer, rather obviously, comes in the asking of the question in the first place. The quirky means of its arrival has already been mentioned and the situationist packaging prank has done its work. I likely would have paid attention anyway, even without the attention-getting inclusion of squishy carbohydrates, given who’s involved here – it’s another Hannah Jones joint (fun saying that) wherein she’s joined, again, by erstwhile Elephant 6’ers etc; Ms. Jones, you may recall, last graced these pages as the main drive behind the eclectic post-punky The New Sound of Numbers – but with the flood coming in daily through every portal, piquing one’s interest via Wonder Bread is a worthwhile ploy, not least as the music inside matches in playful verve, out-of-left-field unexpectedness and haywired inventiveness the wrapping in which it came.

Sounding everything and nothing like the who’s-who list of young Athenian bands that populate the band – of Montreal, Dark Meat, Olivia Tremor Control, M Coast, the Music Tapes and many others; it’s a busy album from a busy scene – this self-titled debut charts wrecked, deteriorating electronic landscapes with an ADD prowess that’s as impressive as it is disturbing, managing to inject a sufficient level of subliminal listenability to prevent the auditory meltdown that might otherwise occur. The type album that can initially seem just pure daft with its own experimentation, a repeat listening or two reveals layer after nuance of reward-granting method to their unique brand of madness, and since I’m tempted to apply it to nearly every track let me just say it out front: there’s a lot of bewitching going on here, a fair amount with surprisingly sylvan undertones, much of it wound inside the convoluted architecture of circuits and ruined mainframes, and a small but notable portion of it taking Eno mountain by strategy. An intriguing amalgam, you must admit.

Opener “Happy Stomp” takes its sunny fractured patchwork intro and lets it unravel into a spaced-out idyll somewhere between a Sun Ra daydream and a St Albans children’s choral track drifting through the cosmos and pulled in by some kid’s trusty transistor in some lost exurb on Ios; “Strange Remember” emerges as an avant-vernal gambol before we find ourselves exploring the bloodstream of an electronic body at rest, floating through arteries at a leisurely pace, the walls dripping with the slowed-down diastolic echoes of those that have come before, the intrepid traveler from the edenic end of the krautrock spectrum, your Clusters, your Harmoniums, while ultimate track “Bouncy Clock” pulses forward with a wiggy safari beat that plants the Residents out on the savanna with only their invincible wits and some craftily damaged synths to save them.

There there’s “Whistle Tips,” fooling us into thinking we’re stuck in the Olduvai Gorge with its distorted huffs from a caveman’s lungs before flipping into Mind Brains‘ rockinest moment that, despite its odd volume drops and one strategic bang on the bottom of an aluminum pot (maybe), charges along with a tight, bass bomp rhythm that reminds, frankly, of a lost track on a Dutch compilation circa 1981 which delights yours truly no end, even considering its brief 2-minute tenure. On the Eno tip, “The Morning Before the Morning Before Dawn” exhibits the type of disorienting time-slip pop the bald prophet pioneered on tracks like “Backwater,” this one just a mite scarier with something of a candle-flickering ritual about it underlined by an unsettling vocal that manages ‘menacing’ and ‘soporific’ to an equal degree, while the droning bed of lively hypnotics and pop electronic poltergeism (yep, made that one up) of “Body Horror” takes that song title and transforms it via sly studio trickery into “Paw Paw Mind Brains Blowtorch.”

All of this, it should be noted, is animated by an unquenchable spirit that suggests, at every turn, playfulness in the face of the surrounding dark, and nowhere is that disorienting child-likeness more exemplified than on “The Era of Late Heavy Bombardment,” taking as it does the implied template of the melodic refrain of ‘ashes, ashes, all fall down’ and applying it to a blitzkrieg scenario. While it’s anything but easy listening it’s also likely the most emotionally evocative audio picture of a child’s innate playground-centric response to the terrible wonder of a bombing campaign you’ve ever imagined.

Aside from the slight “Sea Shore Minor” – a wisp of existence that gets lost in its own sonic mist and, though eerie enough, never finds a mooring to tie up to – and a handful of placeholder tracks that I’d say shall go unnamed except the band themselves leave them untitled and off the tracklist (itself a bit of charming subterfuge, I felt), Mind Brains is essential to the health of our collective modern music soul. We need more records like this (with tips of the hat to fellow travelers Tunabunny and The Bastards of Fate and no doubt others we’ve yet to hear), ones that sneakily undermine our comfortable assumptions of what a ‘rock’ record should be, that discomfit, make us look askance at everything else around. Ones that frolic at the edges of our consciousness where most other records fear – or are simply unable – to tread. It’s both refreshing and no wonder that bands coming out of the Athens scene continue to surprise and even unnerve. It’s as if some torch from Akron drifted south a few decades ago and lit the fires of weird exuberance that has been yielding all these strange dividends for years now.

Ain’t music wonderful?

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Mind Brains at Dagger

Man, you never know what you’ll get coming out of Athens GA. You’ll recognize a few of the names here form other bands (ie: Eric Harris) and this is all over the map. Weirded-out psych pop one minute and Krautrock the next.  (check out “Body Horror”). A bit too out there for me, but it may be your bag.

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Mind Brains at See Sound

Mind Brains open for Neutral Milk Hotel for Florida dates of tour. Watch new video “Strange Remember”.

Athens Georgia’s Mind Brains announce tour dates with Neutral Milk Hotel. The band will be opening up for NMH on the Florida dates of the tour.

May 4th – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckhard Hall
May 5th – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theatre
May 6th – Miami, FL @ Gusman Theatre
May 7th – Ponte Verde, FL @ Ponte Verda Theatre

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Mind Brains and Marshmallow Coast at Scared to Dance

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Mind Brains at With Guitars

Mind Brains open for Neutral Milk Hotel for Florida dates of tour. Watch new video “Strange Remember”.

Athens Georgia’s Mind Brains announce tour dates with Neutral Milk Hotel. The band will be opening up for NMH on the Florida dates of the tour. Mind Brains would also like to share their new video Strange Remember“. This is the third video released so far from their self-titled debut album.

May 4th – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckhard Hall
May 5th – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theatre
May 6th – Miami, FL @ Gusman Theatre
May 7th – Ponte Verde, FL @ Ponte Verda Theatre

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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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