Brainiac
Electro-Shock for President


3.0
good

Review

by Supercoolguy64 USER (85 Reviews)
August 12th, 2016 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A flawed yet enjoyable teaser for what could've potentially been truly great

It suckes Tim Taylor died as soon as he did. For about six years his band Brainiac produced some of the most original indie-noise imaginable. Their stuff was weird, goofy, and in some cases, creepy as all hell. Brainiac was an exciting band, to keep it short. Electronics always played a key role in their music, and by the time they released Static Prigs In Static Couture in 1996, they were an integral part of the band’s sound. Thus, they decided to progress even further with this digitized sound by making their 1997 follow up EP Electro-Shock For President (almost) completely synth-based.

Electro-Shock might come off as a surprise for fans of albums such as Bonsai Superstar. While the rest of the band’s catalog came across as weird yet energetic fun, this EP is actually very sterile and somewhat sinister. Guitars are gloomy and are mostly used as texture for the jerky, glitchy bleeps and bloops from the keyboards. Hell, some of the vocals on this recording gives me the creeps, like the frustrated whispers on “The Turnover” (which remind me a bit of “Fucking With The Altimiter” from Bonsai Superstar), the computerized vocoder-filtered singing on “Flash Ram”, and the murky, dreary mumbling on “Fresh New Eyes”. The only real track here that resembles the band’s “classic” sound (in that it focuses on guitar, bass, and drums rather than electronics) is “Mr. Fingers”, which shows off the bands trademarked silliness and scrappy guitarwork.

The main problem with the recording, however, is that most of it is just bland electronic noise. There’s not too much flavor in tracks like “Fashion 500”, which is composed simply of wobbly, water-like synth squeals, fuzzy blasts of noise, and a sample of some guy talking. The album sounds as if the band is still in the process of figuring out their new sound, which makes sense since that’s basically really what was going on for them during this point in time, however it still doesn't help the quality of the EP.

Electro-Shock For President was released as a teaser for fans for the musical direction the band planned on going for their major-label debut that was supposed to come out on Interscope Records. With some work, these guys could’ve totally buffed out the scratches Electro-Shock had and could’ve released something truly phenomenal, but sadly the band’s frontman, Tim Taylor, later died in a car accident about a month after the EP was released. The band was suddenly over, and all the potential that Electro-Shock held was suddenly wasted away.



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ArsMoriendi
August 12th 2016


28217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only 6 songs? Hmmm





Also pos

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NeroCorleone80
August 12th 2016


34618 Comments


Yeah this is good but nowhere near Bonsai and Prigs

Supercoolguy64
August 13th 2016


9215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

only 14 mins, so i'd say it wouldnt hurt to much to check out

VaxXi
October 10th 2016


4418 Comments


This is awesome.

Supercoolguy64
November 5th 2016


9215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

so lets pretend your words are true

if you believe them, i will too

AnimalsAsSummit
January 15th 2017


4530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

astonishing release, they accomplish so much in such a short time span

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ArsMoriendi
May 27th 2018


28217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is cool as hell

AnimalsAsSummit
May 28th 2018


4530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah i think this is my favorite thing they've done. nothing like it came before or since.

ArsMoriendi
May 28th 2018


28217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Honestly, I like all 3 of their studio albums more, but I still really appreciate this

Supercoolguy64
January 14th 2019


9215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

so this is finally getting a vinyl repress

ArsMoriendi
January 14th 2019


28217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Band should be sputcore

ArsMoriendi
January 14th 2019


28217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually I take that back

AnimalsAsSummit
September 5th 2019


4530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hahahaha. As always, stellar EP. Among my favorite EPs.



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