Brainiac was an indie rock band from Dayton, Ohio that was active from the early 1990s-1997.
Brainiac is one of independent rock's most tragic stories. The group was recording a new album, was headed to a big major label contract, and was earning recognition as the most exciting outfit of the post-grunge era when singer Tim Taylor was killed in an accident driving alone from the studio May 23, 1997. The Brainiac era was suddenly over.
Brainiac released the EP Electro Shock For President in 1997, then began work on their never-to-be-completed fourth album. Jim O'Rourke produced the EP, which showed the group's potential to expand their sound into the electronic arena. Surviving members of the band have remained relatively quiet since Brainiac except for Schmersal, who has put together the group Enon.
Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero
Dayton, OH. Birth place of the cash register, the airplane, Roger and Zapp, The Ohio Players, The Breeders, Guided by Voices and... 3RA1N1AC.
In the mid 90's the Dayton music scene became a hot spot generating world wide buzz from the massive amount of influential indie rock being produced there. Arguably the most innovative of them all was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and insanely charismatic front man Tim Taylor.
After several singles the band was courted by the New York label Grass Records and recorded two albums with Girls Vs. Boys own Eli Janney at the helm. Countless tours and much critical acclaim came which landed the band on the Lollapalooza side stage and a deal with Touch and Go Records. The band recorded a full length and two EPs with T&G again using Eli Janney and adding Steve Albini, Kim Deal and Jim O'Rourke in the mix to help produce.
The band was opening for Beck and being courted by the majors when Tim was tragically killed in an auto accident.
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.