Brainiac 5 are set to release an all new album ‘Exploding Universe’ on Friday 24 July 2015, their first one for over 30 years.
After setting their house in order with the widely approved career retrospective ‘When Silence Was Sound’, the reunited, reconfigured and reinvigorated Brainiac 5 return with ‘Exploding Universe’.
This new offering shows the enthusiasm and drive of those recordings have not been dimmed, and that the Brainiacs are still developing in new directions. As before, few areas are truly off limits as they traverse their psych-punk blueprint through the neighbourhoods of funk, reggae and jazz on what is their most adventurous, yet focused, recording yet.
Formed out of the ashes of free festival favourites the Half Human Band (also featuring Griffin), The Brainiac 5 made a name for themselves on the isolated yet thriving mid-70s Cornish pub, club and festival scene. Praised by the NME for their ‘Mushy Doubt’ EP, the band made the move to London to enjoy the fruits of a gig circuit enlivened by punk, but they split before their debut album’ World Inside’ could be released. The album eventually saw the light of day in 1988 via Reckless Records.
Fast forward to 2013 and the opportunity to reconvene the Brainiacs resulted in the Sun Ra-inspired ‘Space Is The Place’, a 10-inch EP of new recordings on Bucketfull Of Brains magazine founder Nigel Cross’s Shagrat label.
The Brainiac 5 will be hosting a very special mini-festival/launch party at The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon, London on 27 June.