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Brainiac (band)

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Brainiac was an American indie rock band.

They formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1992 with vocalist and keyboard (particularly Moog) 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. The following year, their third album, Hissing Pigs in Static Couture, was released on the Touch & Go label. All three of their albums were produced by Eli Janney (of Girls Against Boys).

Their 1997 Touch & Go EP, Electro-Shock for President, turned out to be their last record: Tim Taylor was killed in a car accident on May 3, 1997 while driving back from a recording session for their fourth album, and the group disbanded.

Schmersal went on to form Enon.

Discography

  • Smack Bunny Baby (album, 1993, Grass)
  • Bonsai Superstar (album, 1994, Grass)
  • Internationale (EP, 1995, Touch & Go)
  • Hissing Prigs in Static Couture (album, 1996, Touch & Go)
  • Electro-Shock for President (EP, 1997, Touch & Go)
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