In the mid-90's, Dayton, OH was a hotbed for influential indie-rock. We saw the birth of Guided By Voices (catch them at this year's Bellwether Music Festival) and The Breeders (Catch them at this year's Nelsonville Music Festival) who have had worldwide success. It also saw the formation of Brainiac who tragically left us too early with lead singer Tim Taylor passing away in a car accident. This new documentary which had its world premiere at SXSW 2019 explores the 90's Dayton music scene, Brainiac's legacy, their influence on modern indie rock and how people cope with the loss of loved ones.
Brainiac (sometimes stylized as 3RA1N1AC) was one of the most influential rock bands to come out of Ohio in the 1990's with modern groups like The Mars Volta, Nine Inch Nails, The National, Death Cab For Cutie, Muse and more citing them as influences. They formed in 1992 with the lineup consisting of vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player Tim Taylor, bassist Juan Monasterio, guitarist Michelle Bodine and drummer Tyler Trent.
The group released three albums from 1993-1997 and generated a lot of buzz as the live band to see at the time with their chaotic and warped sense of song structure and their unique blend of post-grunge and industrial sounds. Due to this, they were opening for Beck, The Jesus Lizard and The Breeders. Brainiac was set to release their first major label debut when Tim Taylor was tragically killed in a car accident leaving the studio.
Brainiac isn't the only band in recent memory to have had members die due to car accidents. The most recent case that comes to memory was the Liverpool based duo Her's who both were killed along with their tour manager due to a wrong-way driver in 2019. Nujabes (aka Seba Sun) was a very influential Japanese record shop owner, record producer, and DJ who blended atmospheric instrumental mixes sampling hip-hop and jazz who passed away in a traffic collision in 2010.
The film features Fred Arminsen (Portlandia, SNL), Melissa Auf Der Mar (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins), Steve Albini (Shellac), Matt Berninger (The National), Buzz Osbourne (The Melvins), Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At The Drive-In, Mars Volta), David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys), and Gregg Foreman (The Delta '72).
WHERE: ESQUIRE THEATRE
WHEN: SATURDAY 6/8
SHOWTIME: 7:00 PM
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Watch the SXSW trailer below: