The Electric Brains are overflowing with talent and cool vibes. Listen to these tracks and you’ll get some great, garage, psych, and just overall outrageously fun songs. Listening to them has been a great way to get over a very long day at work yesterday as I try to get to a point where I could be productive today and that’s going to be possible now that I’ve had a big dose of music from …The Electric Brains..
Our name is… The Electric Brains are: we believe he started with the Druids back in 1500 BC; Opaz Breen has been playing in Liverpool bands since the Liverpool scene of the late 1970s / early 1980s; Mooch started out in Manchester Gun Club style band the Wild Panzis in the 1990s, where he met Saz. Captain Keys: came to all the Brains gigs, decided he might as well make himself useful. He has yet to learn how to play. Laura: press-ganged to join band, keeps trying to escape but not allowed to leave.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing songs to getting your songs out….. most of the songs are written initially by Opaz Breen and Professor Weird, and then given the Brains treatment by the rest of us in our rehearsal room. Process of recording anything and getting it out has been chaotic and haphazard, due to us having no idea what we are doing. Chaotic and haphazard are normal procedure for the Brains. Imagine trying to herd cats.
What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges…. See above!!!! Getting worthwhile gigs, scraping together money for recording, not having enough time to write songs, gig and promote stuff cos we all have day jobs. As The Electric Brains don’t fit easily into any particular genre it’s difficult to find venues and events where our intended audience will be present!
First concert you went to and age: Saz – accidentally saw The Wurzels playing at Warwickshire Country Fair, age 10. Mentally scarred for life. Captain Keys: saw 1970s punk rock icons Slaughter and the Dogs at the legendary Retford Porter House, Retford’s answer to CBGBs. Opaz Breen – regular at infamous punk hang-out Erics in Liverpool during the late 1970s and 80s when bands such as Dr Feelgood, The Rezillos and punk and Liverpool scene bands such as The Teardrop Explodes were playing. Paul – probably present at building of Stonehenge. Mooch – whereabouts unknown for most of his youth.
Coolest band T shirt you ever bought – Cpt Keys – still has his original Ramones T shirt from 1979. Saz is very fond of her Sleater-Kinney t shirt.
The most insane concert you went to or were part of – most Brains gigs are fairly bizarre, involving outlandish costumes and occasional dancing gorillas. At our last gig we donned caveman attire, Flintstones style, and gave the audience monkey masks to wear. The whole thing descended into ramshackle jungle and farmyard noises. Saz’s debut gig in a band called Lobe ended in a bar-room brawl as the headline band lunged for our sound engineer, who was sweeping up the stage in front of them as they played.
If you could open for any band right now who would they be and why: probably The Fuzztones, as the Godfathers of revisionist garage punk with psychedelic overtones.
My youngest son is 13 and in a band, what advice would you offer him – great to hear he’s starting young, don’t take it too seriously, and have a lot of fun!
Your thoughts on the state of music in 2015: lots of cool stuff out there but largely quite underground. Chart stuff is utter drivel.
Your plans for the rest of 2015: more gigs, more recording, and we’re currently in the process of putting some videos out. Will send you a link as soon as they’re done!
and now…the music