BRAINSTORM’s (all caps all the time) new album Heat Waves is out this week on Tender Loving Empire. IFC is running a video premiere of “Flat Earth” from Heat Waves. The video was shot and directed by James Mitchell (from the band Nurses) along with BRAINSTORM’s Adam Baz who said, “We just wanted to write something simple: a driving dance track with thick vocal harmonies and an explosive finale. Something irresistible and fun.” Additionally the album is streaming at Impose who said, “There is never a dull moment on Heat Waves. From tuba blurts that will transplant you to Bourbon Street, to dancey rhythms that will have pushin’ up ya lightas, BRAINSTORM are the life of the party.”BRAINSTORM is currently on tour now and just announced a hometown CD release show schedule for December 1 at the Doug Fir. All shows are listed below.
Produced by the legendary Robby Moncrieff (engineer of the Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca, Youth Lagoon’s 7″, and Ganglians’ Still Living), Heat Waves shines with inescapable pop melodies, polyrhythmic singing, thunderous drumming, and shimmering guitar lines. With influences ranging from ecstatic African-highlife, to soulful AM-radio nostalgia, the result is a unique brand of art-pop that is energetic, eclectic, and undeniably engaging. There is something for everyone in this music, and something of everyone in it as well. BRAINSTORM was once described as “an eight-dollar smoothie of ecstatic art-rock, Sam Cooke, and African highlife.”
BRAINSTORM formed as a duo in the summer of 2008, when Adam Baz and Patrick Phillips met while playing with Ohioan & the Native Kin. Upon exchanging a series of mix tapes containing an array of their favorite music, the musical chemistry between the two became obvious, and the band was born. They have been sculpting and refining their sound as a duo for four years, and just recently added Tamara Barnes to the band, playing bass and singing. Now a trio, the band’s sound is full, fleshed-out, and ripe for the picking.
BRAINSTORM has been touring the country for three years, attracting attention from such tastemakers as NYLON Magazine, local publications Willamette Week, The Portland Mercury and online sites like Get Off the Coast. The band delivers a truly impressive live performance: guitar, drums, tuba, keyboard, and three-part harmonies are sewn masterfully together into a compelling brand of art-pop that BRAINSTORM can truly call its own.
Voted a Best New Band of 2011 by the Willamette Week, BRAINSTORM headlines some of Portland’s most raucous shows and tours nationally, sharing the stage with acts like Portugal The Man, Best Coast, Akron/Family, Tame Impala, The Thermals, Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, and more. This past April, BRAINSTORM toured in France, and played in Paris along with fellow PDX accolades YACHT, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Nurses, AU, Miracles Club and Lovers.
Upcoming BRAINSTORM shows:
10.10 Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
10.11 Philadelphia, PA @ Goldilock’s Gallery #
10.12 Baltimore, MD @ Golden West Cafe #
10.13 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium #
10.14 Red Hook, NY @ Bard College
10.16 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.17 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.18 New York, NY @ Muchmores (CMJ Show)
10.19 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.20 Harrisburg, PA @ Little Amps
10.21 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/ Sleeping Bag
10.22 Fayetteville, AR @ Nightbird Books
10.23 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
10.24 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Dignan Porch
10.25 Marfa, TX @ El Cosmico
10.26 Santa Fe, NM @ Betterday Coffee
10.27 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
10.28 San Diego CA @ Bar Eleven
10.29 Los Angeles, CA @ the Satellite
10.30 Santa Barbara, CA @ Muddy Waters
10.31 Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
11.01 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
11.03 Sacramento, CA @ Bows and Arrows w/ Appetite
12.01 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
# = with Dinosaur Feathers and Shark?
^ = with Dinosaur Feathers
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