Brilliant Beast Tickets
Brilliant Beast – The 2016 Tour
Brilliant Beast will be coming to 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN this April, where they will be joined by Sunflower Bean. Brilliant Beast put on a show that is at once visceral and transcendent, combining the most powerful and evocative elements of shoegaze and dream pop. Don't miss out on your chance to see the up-and-coming Brilliant Beast in concert – get your tickets today!
About Brilliant Beast
Brilliant Beast contend that the music can never be loud enough. The band's debut album, Dissolve, hurtles far above the landscape of sound that had been mapped out in 2013's Where Do You Want, their EP debut released via the Guilt Ridden Pop label. The ten tracks that make up Dissolve see the act creating heavier, darker, and more ominous tones that surround the bodies of the duet-based vocal pop concoctions of brother/sister duo Jordan and Hannah Porter. They are anchored by Mark Kartarik on bass and Eric Whalen on drums, who ensure that the cuts off of Dissolve rocket along with technical virtuosity, combining jagged riffs with a clamorous reverb and a rumbling buzz. From the scorching chainsaw assault on "No Fate", the lead single, to the bouncing, two-faced jaunt on "Favorite House", the album encapsulates the essences of such shoegaze pioneers as The Jesus and Mary Chain and Ride, while at the same time injecting Brilliant Beast's stylish update of the genre.
The album was cut over three days in late spring at the Old Blackberry Way in Minneapolis. Neil Weir engineered and mixed the record, and Bruce Templeton of Magneto Mastering mastered the set. Dissolve saw a limited edition release in cassette tape format, as well as a regular digital release.
Shoegaze, the most formative sound of Brilliant Beast, arrived in the late '80s as a subset of U.K. indie rock. This style, which increased in popularity until the early '90s, was so named because the bands' playing style was virtually motionless, with the artists standing quite still and staring at the ground while they performed. Obviously, the point of shoegaze was not the bombastic visuals of pop – the focus was purely on the sound. The shoegaze sound was incredibly loud, with torrents of feedback, sprays of distortion, and droning, lengthy riffs. Melodies and vocals disappeared into washes of guitar, creating a wall of sound in which no one instrument could be distinguished from another. The majority of shoegaze bands built upon the template set by My Bloody Valentine with their first EPs and full-length album debut, Isn't Anything. The Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Dinosaur Jr. were also among the seminal shoegaze bands. Acts that followed – notably the Boo Radleys, Chapterhouse, Lush, and Ride – added their own flourish and style to the genre. Ride leaned more towards '60s psychedelia, and Lush switched between the Cocteau Twins' dream pop and straightforward pop. Another defining characteristic of these artists was that they rarely gave interesting interviews or dynamic performances, which made it hard for them to break into the critical American market. However, the shoegazers enjoyed considerable success in Britain on the indie charts and in the music press for approximately three years. In 1992, however, these bands were swept under by the two tides of Suede and American grunge. Suede was the group that initiated the deluge of Britpop, which went on to rule the British airwaves in the middle of the decade. Some shoegaze acts dissolved within a couple of years (Ride, Chapterhouse), while other band (Lush, the Boo Radleys) evolved according to the times, sustaining their careers until the new millennium.
Acts such as Brilliant Beast don't usually get the widespread response they deserve. The band and their contemporaries are immensely appealing in their mixtures of fuzz-pop, echoing dirge-like guitars, and soft, charming melodies. Brilliant Beast's debut release, the seven-track EP Where Do You Want, brilliantly showcased just how beautiful and vibrant the shoegaze sound can be. The band crafted a solid album that was thankfully devoid of any filler. Between its shifting female-male lead vocals, tearing punk chords, and cleverly deployed surges of distortion, each song contains a little kick that will boost the listener's serotonin levels in the manner of the first side of Yo La Tango's Electr-O-Pura. With seven songs, Where Do You Want is basically a miniature LP, and it won't be long before you are completely addicted to this hooky little set.
The lead guitar weaves a melodic riff through vocals and distorted rhythms as the EP opens with "A Child on Fire". "Harrow" follows closely on its heels, with brighter vocals that bring the material into resounding pop territory. The tempo does not relax until the third track arrives; "Nepotism Shakes" is a wide-open cut with Hannah Porter's dreamy singing and Eric Whalen's backing drum taking charge. Here, the Brilliant Beast sound really starts to bloom. Next, "Crushdumb" shifts to reverse and guns backward to the group's livewire noise pop tempo. The track is a highlight thanks to its basslines, and is especially addictive during the bridge and the intro. Porter's vocals are again showcased on "Dead Man" and "Pick Up Lines", solidifying the role she plays in the group. "Dead Man" features additional duo vocals between Hannah and her brother, Jordan – a nice pairing and smart flourish. "Someone Else Did" concludes the seven-track Where Do You Want, by which time it is obvious that the band have succeeded in crafting a pithy, powerful set.
Brilliant Beast conveys the pop-punk style of the old guard as they sing fevered and irreverent songs at a bullheaded, determined pace. Added to this is dream pop and shoegaze, which displays the band's sense of musical decency. While this might be a surprising combination, Brilliant Beast sound original and absolutely great. Where Do You Want provides a definitive introduction to shoegaze, and is definitely worth mainstream attention.
The name of the Brilliant Beast track "No Fate" is taken from an adrenaline-pumping scene in the movie Terminator 2.
The Brilliant Beast Concert Experience
Grab your friends and come on out to see Brilliant Beast, purveyors of sounds both beautiful and pounding. Brilliant Beast put on a show that combines the raw power of shoegaze and punk with the ethereality of dream pop. With their debut full-length on the shelves and a critically acclaimed EP to their name, Brilliant Beast offer a concert experience that combines Yo La Tango with Jesus and Mary Chain. Don't miss out on your chance to experience these rising stars on the ground floor of their career!
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