Brainstems No Place Else on LP
Bad Diet Records is bullish about their latest band The Brainstems whose debut LP entitled No Place Else drops worldwide November 2015. How bullish? When they say No Place Else ranks among the top rock albums of 2015, they mean it. No Place Else soars wingtip-to-wingtip next to the top rock albums of 2015. They mean it like a pocketknife run across a palm. They mean it like the ghost of John Peel when he lifted up the severed, drippy head of Skrillex before us and cursed a rock-depleted world that overrunneth with skull-sticker punkers and tongue-wagging pop tarts.
The nimble vigor of The Brainstems will lure jaded souls off Sleepy Street. Tracks like "Keep It Together" (think a peppier Meat Puppets) and "Time to Ride" (an angsty pile-up in Black Lips mode) will have listeners keeping beat upon the threadbare couch of punk/rock posterity. But it's the effortless way No Place Else wills the listener out of the House of WiFi before rushing them around the block that makes the album connect. The Brainstems are punk savants at embedding new listeners in the circularity of their lives. Hit play and all-a-sudden you're in a spartan performance space with them, immersed in the fun, frantic action. Listen further; it's like you were present for the innumerable downbeat walks and observant lulls that led to the music's creation.
The Brainstems record and eat tacos in St. Louis, Missouri. They bonded a few years ago at a local radio station. This led them to form a cover band indebted to garage rippers by Ty Segall and The Coachwhips. After a pact to pursue the rock life for real, the guys inevitably began to feel the tug of the twinkling coasts, the anchor of the dollar. The title No Place Else is a nod to the decisions and developments that kept the band banded (thankfully).