Hometown: Portland, OR
BRAINSTORM is an experimental-pop group from Portland, Oregon whose songs shine with inescapable melodies, polyrhythmic singing, thunderous drumming, and shimmering guitar lines. With influences ranging from African highlife to soulful AM-radio nostalgia, the result is a musical experience that is energetic, eclectic, and undeniably engaging. Their new album “Heat Waves” was produced by Robbie Moncrieff (engineer for the Dirty Projector’s “Bitte Orca” and Youth Lagoon’s 7"), and is out on Tender Loving Empire October 2nd, 2012.
BRAINSTORM has been touring the country for 3 years, attracting attention from such outlets as MTV, NPR, NYLON Magazine and the Get Off the Coast blog. 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 supporting YACHT, and played in Paris along with Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Nurses, AU, and Miracles Club.
BRAINSTORM formed 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 4 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.
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