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Dayton OH, United States (1992 – 1997)

Brainiac formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1992 with vocalist and keyboard (particularly Moog synthesizers) player Tim Taylor, bassist Juan Monasterio, guitarist Michelle Bodine and drummer Tyler Trent.

After a couple of singles, they released their first album, Smack Bunny Baby on Grass Records in 1993. Bonsai Superstar, now with John Schmersal on guitar in place of Bodine (who went on to form O-matic), followed the next year. In 1995 they played on the Lollapalooza side stage. They joined Touch and Go Records and released Internationale, produced by Kim Deal (of the Pixies). The following year, their third album, Hissing Prigs in Static Couture, was released on the Touch & Go label. All three of their albums were produced by Eli Janney (of Girls Against Boys).

Brainiac generated a buzz as the live act to see that resulted in opening for Beck and receiving offers from some major labels. In 1997 they released an electronic-based EP called Electro-Shock for President which turned out to be their last record. Tim Taylor was killed in a car accident on May 23rd, 1997 while driving back from a recording session for their fourth album, and the group disbanded.

Brainiac’s motivation to include the Moog with their sound is due to Taylor and Monasterio hearing “Shake It” by David Bowie at a party. Monasterio and Bodine showed no interest in playing the instrument so Taylor did “by default.”

Juan Monasterio went on to form, Model/Actress in 2005.
John Schmersal formed Enon (1998-2011), and currently is a touring member of Caribou.


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  • AprilPhantom

    "I think I remember that MTV interview. Someone must have archived it, surely? BTW, it's taken me until the other month to finally GET Brainiac and now I think they're perfection!" Fuck that wasn't MTV, it was JBTV or some shit. I miss watching that interview ;(

    3 Jul 11:16pm Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    I uploaded some demos and rarities on jew tube peeps:

    3 Jul 11:15pm Reply
  • eyybc

    Brainiac keeps me sane

    1 May 4:18pm Reply
  • AliceReid

    They are more than I ever thought

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Starmanandblast

    Awesome band. Shame that they were so short-lived and unrecognized, even to this day.

    5 Oct 2014 Reply
  • muzziac

    Unique and sorely missed.

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Microfoot

    Oh my goodness, I love everything about this.

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Brownyuio

    Their short-lived career is one of music's great tragedies.

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • CadenMoran

    BRAINICAC make ur brain wanna smoke that dry kush #allday make way for CADEN MORAN

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
  • State-records

    For fans of Brainiac -

    6 Feb 2014 Reply
  • dtuominen

    'look at me now im a wreck'

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SmaxM

    pure genius - i just discovered them and i am already in love ...

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    thanks! the off-mic scream on that first snare hit in "indian poker pt. 3" makes me lose my mind every time

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • shaaarpie

    I think I remember that MTV interview. Someone must have archived it, surely? BTW, it's taken me until the other month to finally GET Brainiac and now I think they're perfection!

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    "Find my little secret, tack it my skull, celebrate the idiot with my new quote unquote friends."

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    what's the last line in that one, anyway?

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    indian poker pt. 3...

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Punichello

    Does anyone have a copy if an interview they did on MTV I think? It was on youtube but not anymore.

    22 Nov 2012 Reply
  • mrmocha

    Apparently some bedroom artist from LA is using the moniker "Brainiac"... and the font that looks close enough to be a rip-off. lame.

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    Does anyone have a live version of Give Me Some Myth?

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
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