Space Is The Place

by The Brainiac 5

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Matelot Mick and Kabul were originally performed in the early 1970s by psychedelic pioneers the Half Human Band. There are no surviving recordings of the early HHB and the band members' memories are hazy, but from their fragmentary recollections we were able to piece together two complete songs that are reasonably close to what you would have heard if you'd seen them at the first Windsor Free Festival or Guildford Civic Hall supporting E.L.O. Our versions of these two songs, and of old Brainiac favorite Space Is The Place, were recorded live direct to two track. We wanted to stay away as far as possible from the modern practice of first recording the drums, then the bass and so on, preferring to catch the musical interaction that spontaneously happens in live performance. What you hear is the entire band including vocals and solos recorded in single takes. If anyone made a mistake we had to start again. It took us two afternoons to get the versions used on the record, plus a couple of hours overdubbing extra backing vocals and percussion, and that's it….
Recorded in October 2012, released in April 2013 on 10" vinyl. A few copies are still available from Reckless Records in London and Chicago.

Reviews:
A heady blend of west coast psych-rock and vibrant ‘60s vocal harmonies imbued with the joyful energy of a band playing together again after years away, guitarist Mad Dog Kerr on blistering form throughout in that Kaukonen-Cippolina fashion. Hot tip of the month for devout Shindiggers!
Shindig! (Kris Needs)

Reformed/remodelled version of this great 1970s Cornwall acid punk outfit. The A side is a tribute to Sun Ra, done in the style of Quicksilver Messenger Service or Man. The flip revives (from memory) two songs done by the pre-Brainiac Half Human Band, which is classic tasty-lick action of the 1974 variety. It’s like finding something you never knew you lost.
The Wire (Byron Coley)

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released October 23, 2014

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The Brainiac 5 London, UK

the Brainiacs were a Cornwall-based psychedelic punk band, who came to prominence in 1978 with the wonderful 'Mushy Doubt' EP, a favourite of the late DJ John Peel.

early in 2014 Reckless Records released When Silence Was Sound, a CD compilation of most of their '70s recordings.

their recently recorded 10" vinyl, Space Is The Place, received excellent reviews in Shindig! and The Wire.
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