Published Apr 21, 2017One of the early '90s most sonically ambitious but unheralded bands, Brainiac, is set to be explored in a new documentary. Directed and produced by Eric Mahoney, the film will feature the likes of Fred Armisen, Wayne Coyne, Melvins' Buzz Osborne, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Jim O'Rourke, Steve Albini and Jesus Lizard's David Yow, among many other Brainiac devotees and collaborators.
Formed in Dayton, OH, in 1992, Brainiac had a short but influential career. Following a stint on Grass Records, the band soon signed to Touch and Go, releasing three full-lengths and a long string of singles and EPs in their brief career. After opening for Beck on a European tour and on the verge of a major label deal, the group's career was cut dramatically short, as Brainiac frontman Tim Taylor was killed in a car accident in 1997.
In the wake of the tragedy, Brainiac's other members went on to play in such groups as Enon, Breeders, Model/Actress and Shesus over the years.
Currently untitled, the film is now fundraising via a Kickstarter campaign, which as of press time has reached over half its $40,000 USD goal. A description for the doc reads as follows:
This film will explore the 90's Dayton music scene, Brainiac's legacy and how people survive and cope with the loss of loved ones. Over the past 20 years Brainiac has been cited as a massive influence on the likes of Nine Inch Nails, the Mars Volta, Death Cab for Cutie and countless others. You'll hear from the band, family members, fellow musicians and label heads.
You can donate to the film over here, where you can watch a pitch clip for the project.