I’m getting the feeling that one of the more interesting things to watch for on the local front in 2012 will be the development of Brain and trying to figure out what sort of band they are going to turn out to be in the long run. And, to be sure, with a sample size of only two songs to work with, all bets are off the table. Still, opening salvo “Baby Eyes (Brainsurf Babality)” gave us a glimpse into the band’s overarching prog rock tendencies and their affinity for Mars Volta-like eccentricity and musical malleability with bits of punk, art rock and surf music all making their way into the mix.
But “Aim for the Chest” paints a much more bombastic portrait with the band showcasing a willingness to interject some pomp and high drama into a tension-filled track that would make the late Freddie Mercury proud. There’s definitely a little operatic flair floating around here, especially in the vocals, but the song’s hard rock swagger and raised-fist guitars help keep the theatrics in check. Listening to this song stomp, simmer and steam itself into a blistering boil is pretty damn riveting and the solo that gets unleashed near the end is just straight fucking FIRE. Where the band goes from here is anyone’s guess, but for now they definitely have my attention.
Give a listen to “Aim for the Chest” below and then head over to Brain’s Bandcamp page where you can download both of their singles for free.
Brain will perform on Thursday, March 8 at the Five Spot in support of Mr. Gnome and Sleepy Genes. Doors open at 10pm. Admission is $6 in advance or $8 at the door.