As the release date of the self-titled debut album by multi-state avant-garde/jazz/metal trio BRAIN TENTACLES approaches, the band has shared another new song from the album, “Hand Of God,” via indie hub Stereogum. Stereogum’s Doug Moore commented on the track.
“Historically, most bands from this outré corner project a lot of chaos — playing crazy fast, employing gruesome free improvisation, or switching genres wholesale multiple times a song. Brain Tentacles don’t do any of that; their music is largely structured, and Witte cradles the band in his mile-deep pocket instead of blasting away. Instead of raving and gibbering, they spend much of their time playing straight-ahead metal parts…with saxes instead of guitars…and a lot of psych-rock overtones. So yeah, plenty strange enough in its own way. The effect can be pretty comical at times, as the big galumphing riff that opens ‘Hand Of God’ immediately demonstrates, but that’s all part of the fun — this album features song titles like ‘Cosmic Warriors Girth Curse’ and ‘Sleestack Lightning’, so the band’s clearly in on the joke. And silly or not, these three vets know what they’re doing.”
Watch the video now below.
Brain Tentacles is due out this September 30 on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical and digital pre-orders are available at this location.
BRAIN TENTACLES have also announced a North American tour with dissonant death metal legends Gorguts and stoner/prog heavyweights Intronaut kicking off this coming October. The tour will kick off in Boston on October 3 and will trek through Canada to the US West Coast and back again. Check out the tour poster and a full itinerary below.
BRAIN TENTACLES Live:
***All Dates With Gorguts & Intronaut***
Oct 03 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Oct 04 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct 05 Ottawa, ON Maverick’s
Oct 06 Toronto, ON Hard Luck
Oct 07 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Oct 08 Chicago, IL Subterranean
Oct 09 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
Oct 10 Winnipeg, MB The Park Theatre
Oct 11 Regina, SK The Exchange
Oct 12 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
Oct 14 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
Oct 15 Seattle, WA Studio 7
Oct 16 Portland, OR Panic Room
Oct 19 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Oct 20 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Oct 21 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Oct 22 Mesa, AZ Club Club Red
Oct 24 Fort Worth, TX Rail Club
Oct 25 Austin, TX Dirty Dog Bar
Oct 27 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Oct 28 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
Oct 29 Philadelphia, PA Voltage Lounge
Oct 30 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
Formed by three venerable scene veterans, BRAIN TENTACLES will consume, evolve and then regurgitate ambiguous noise upon its listeners. Based off a trio of drums (Dave Witte), saxophone (Bruce Lamont) and bass (Aaron Dallison), the multi-state project formed spontaneously via a road trip in 2013 and toured with Melt-Banana before they even had a bassist – until they found Dallison on one of those dates. The group then signed to Relapse Records to prepare for their debut full-length. Like many of their avant-garde peers, BRAIN TENTACLES‘ compositions very nearly careen off the edge into total chaos, but unlike many of those same peers, the band possesses the self-awareness and rhythmic prowess to (usually) rein in the mayhem at the last possible section. an act that will stimulate your cerebrum while simultaneously smashing it in. The band has already played high-profile shows with High on Fire, Eyehategod, Melt-Banana, Iron Reagan and many more.
BRAIN TENTACLES are:
Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, etc) – horns, voice, electric piano and synth
Dave Witte (Discordance Axis, Municipal Waste, etc) – drums
Aaron Dallison (Keelhaul) – bass, voice, and synth.