Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Brainoil oddities, obscurities and releases mix #1

Over the years we have come to realize the amount of recordings created under the alias known as BRAINOIL.  Some even exist before the actual lineup was complete while others were made as a prank.  A decision was made to share some material which is either out of print or was never intended to be released.  To round it out, we inserted a few tracks from our actual albums.  We hope you enjoy some of these oddities as much as we have.  Cheers.

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Track listing:
1) Wielding Strength - this recording was released on the Iron Lung split 7" in 2002 (recorded 2001).  The 7" saw 2 pressings of 300 copies before falling into obscurity. 

2) Snow Blind - A cover of a legendary song from Black Sabbath.  We recorded this at Expressions in 2004.  Although fun to record, it never landed a home.

3) Bag of Problems - this version was tracked during the same session as the Iron Lung split.  All other songs aside from Wielding Strength during this session became the Brainoil side of the Cruevo split CD.  This is yet another release which has sunk into obscurity.

4) Support in numbers - This song slated one of our first songs written as a 3 piece.  This version was released on our S/T LP.

5) Inquisition - A preproduction created in our jam spot for the 2002 recording which evolved into the first S/T LP on Life is abuse and Throne. 

6) I won't die - This was part of a demo Nate and Greg created in early 2000.  Although hopes of creating a productive tool for the new drummer they set sights on, there is a good chance it may have sounded like gibberish.  You will see Ira made sense of the 2000 demo later in the playlist.

7) Through Silence - This recording, which was created in 1998, was originally released under the alias MRBRAINOIL.  Greg performed all drums / bass and vox.  No guitar was tracked.  This track ended up on the World Demise compilation released in 1999. 

8) Dark eyes of my past - Recorded at Expressions in Emeryville.  The track was the counterpart to the Snowblind cover.  Listen for the dual vocalists.

9) Altered State - Not only a track released on the Cruevo split, but this recording frequented the Ramen Days documentary.

10) Complete? ; Lucid Vision - Released on the S/T LP in 2003.  A fragment of the track also ended up on the movie Putty Hill by filmmaker Matt Porterfield.

11) Bag of problems - Once the lineup of Brainoil was completed, they went on to release a cassette in 2001.  This appeared as track 3 on the tape.

12) One leaf untouched - A practice space demo in preparation for the S/T LP.  This was tracked at the same session as song 5 on this playlist.

13) Through silence – Also tracked at the same session, an accomplice to song 6 on this playlist. 

14) Gravity is a relic - The first track to be featured from the album "Death of this dry season" on www.brooklynvegan.com.  Also, the first music video Brainoil has been involved with.  The video was shot by www.killthatcat.com.

15) Altered State - Intimately known as song 6, this also became the 6th track on the cassette demo in 2001.

16) Naive in a bliss -  A third practice space recording which was later tracked for our S/T album.

17) Dark eyes of my past - The first track of our S/T LP.  This was written a week or so before our recording session at Polymorph in 2002.  This was the only track we didn't nail on the first take due to lack of preparation that day.  After the 2nd error, we made an agreement that if we didn't nail the take on the next run, it shouldn't be on the album.  It ended up on the album.

18) Bag of Problems - Another demo version tracked by Nate and Greg with a drum machine.

19) Gravity is a relic - Initially a prank Greg created while borrowing a computer from a buddy.  This track wound up being passed around by close friends as a joke previous to the release of "Death of this dry season."  In a few cases, utter confusion ensued. 

20) Bury the pages of existence - The 2nd track of side B of the album "Death of this dry season."

21) Support in numbers - A recording which ended up on the Cruevo split.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Welcome to Brainoil's blog and show tomorrow 9/23/11

Welcome to our new blog.  Many events have occured in the past few months, so here is a recap for those unaware.  We plan to keep up to date events here and eventually an online store, so please check back in future.

Aug. 2nd marked the official release date of our 2nd full length LP "DEATH OF THIS DRY SEASON."  All info on how to acquire a copy of either the 12" or mp3's can be found at 20buckspin.com.  The esteemed website www.brooklynvegan.com offered to debut a track off the LP a few weeks before the official release.  Here is a link to the article http://bit.ly/q4S3fM

To accompany the release, we were asked to do an interview for 2 respected publishers.  The first being the East Bay Express who generously gave Brainoil a whole page write up.  Here is a link for the article http://bit.ly/oxHXDu.  The second was Decibel UK which can be found at http://bit.ly/qV2Fl5

Our friends Dan and Corin were nice enough to create a music video for the 2nd track on our new album titled "Gravity is a relic."  You should check out killthatcat.com in general if you have any interest in seeing tons of awesome videos of your favorite bands clearing back into the 80's.  Here is a link to the Brainoil video http://killthatcat.com/2011/09/brainoil-gravity-is-a-relic/ (high res) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztumuUCDiNU (low res).

As for local shows, if you missed the last 3 shows (either with DOOM, Eyehategod, or Rorschach) this summer, we have one more tomorrow in San Francisco at the Elbo room.  This will be the record release show for Hammers of Misfortune.  Also, Future Skullz will be opening.  All info is posted here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=256627764371497&ref=nf

Hope to see you there.