Creator / Austin Scholl

Austin Scholl, better known on the internet as ThornBrain, is a writer, video editor, musician, comedian, Let's Player, and voice actor. He is the head of TheMidnightFrogs and lead writer for Sgt. Frog Abridged, as well as TheStrawhatNO!, Jetters Abridged, and The Legend of Zelda: Book of the Traitor.

Information for all of his projects can be found on TheMidnightFrogs' website. Tropes related to those projects and his involvement are on their own pages.

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  • Alternative Rock: His music occupies this general area.
  • Ambient: Some of his noise and sampling experiments double as this.
  • Answer Song: "There for Me" is written as the opposite of Al Green's "Take Me to the River", which David Byrne described as not comparing love and baptism but simply combining them. "There for Me" actively compares love and religion unfavourably.
  • Anti-Love Song: "There for Me", doubled with Religion Rant Song
    "Sorry love there's nothing there for me
    I don't want somebody there for me"
  • Cover Version:
    • Half of BlackholeWhitespace is covers: three of songs by his dad ("Void", "Ghost Town", and "What's Going On"), one by Sparks ("Confusion"), and one by Scott Walker ("30 Century Man").
    • Spider includes covers of "Requiem" by Killing Joke, "Ex Lion Tamer" by Wire, and "Blackout" by Lush.
  • Creator Backlash: He likes almost nothing of his recordings from 2011. Exceptions are "Count All the Flies in My House", "The Forgotten One", and "There for Me", the latter of which he re-recorded for his second album. And he wasn't happy with the new version after a while either. When he re-released some of the music in a compilation, he titled it ThornBrain is Really Bad at This - The Best of the Worst (2009-2011).
  • Death Song: Frequently:
    • "The Forgotten One" is about a person who dies in a car accident and is buried under leaves and snow never to be found.
    • "What a Way to Go" and "Hang On, I Got This" are about the strange ways people kill themselves.
    • "Let's Make a Martyr", a satire of martyrdom and how people and their causes become venerated after their death, so you'd "better pick up the pace".
  • Everything Is an Instrument:
    • The phased noise intro and outro for The Right Way to do Everything is his computer's fan.
    • "The Flint Robot has a Perfect Day" uses a processed microphone thump and some Skype call static as a rhythm track.
  • Genre Roulette: His music is a mix of Punk Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Rock, Noise Pop, Shoegazing, Industrial, Electronic Music, and various other influences combined or alternated.
  • Hardcore Punk: Several of the songs on Nobody Cares.
  • Improv:
    • Most of his original songs from 2011 were improvised.
    • The guitar solos on "Get Out of the House" were recorded one after the other with no planning other than to make them dissonant and disorienting.
  • In the Style of...:
  • Lyrical Dissonance: He enjoys writing uptempo, melodic, Punk-inspired songs with lyrics like:
    "Let's make a martyr, you're gonna die someday
    Let's make a martyr, you're gonna die anyway!"
  • Medium Awareness: "Hang On, I Got This" includes the line "I hear you better when you're further away", sung by the backing vocals which are buried in reverb.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly:
    • His label boss didn't know what genre to use to describe "Count All the Flies in My House", so Thorn called it "Avant Dance".
    • Nobody Cares Unless You're Pretty or Dying and Spider are self-categorized as "Hardcore Pop" because they mix so many random Punk and Alternative genres together, and as a play on "Power Pop".
  • Noise Pop: "There for Me", directly inspired by The Jesus and Mary Chain.
  • Punk Rock/Post-Punk: His primary influences and favourite music
  • Religion Rant Song: The second half of "There for Me"
    "To cheap experiences I'm not a stranger
    I went to church for a number of my years
    Sat in back with my eyes glazing over
    You never see one like me coming to tears"
  • Sampling:
    • The Saw Beat EP is composed of three songs made entirely out of this.
    • The extended version of "Spider" samples a California Lottery commercial.
    • "Don't Hear Me" samples a Skype call with Mugiwara Yoshi as Yoshi's mom yells at him.
    • The first and last songs on Nobody Cares have samples of a telemarketer advertising the now-defunct website, "".
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • From "There for Me":
    "You gave your compliments long after I decided
    I have a face that you scrape off the road"
    • He released a compilation of unavailable music from 2011 and titled the compilation ThornBrain is Really Bad at This - The Best of the Worst (2009-2011).
  • Shoegazing:
    • "I Feel Fantastic"
    • His cover of "Blackout"
  • Shout-Out: "Saw Coffee (Mensforth Hill)" is "Saw Beat" reversed and further treated, a reference to "Mensforth Hill" by The Clash, which itself is a reversed and overdubbed remix of "Something About England".
  • Similarly Named Works: Both him and Sawtooth released compilations together of older material called [respective artist] is Really Bad at This - The Best of the Worst.
  • Take That:
    • "Let's Make a Martyr" mocks people who don't care about a cause until someone dies and becomes a symbol for it.
    • "My Parents Died and Everyone Loves Me" is this to Mary Sues. invoked
    • "Edged Out" is this to the Straight Edge movement's and Ian Mackeye's views on sex.
  • Word Salad Lyrics:
    • "Count All the Flies in My House"
    • Invoked with "An O in Hell", written to spin sentences and cliches in weird ways ("what have you done" becomes "who have you done").
  • Word Salad Title:
    • BlackholeWhitespace
    • "An O in Hell"