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.
Works on TV Tropes:
- Team Bulge Bomb:
- Jetters Abridged (Writer, editor, voice actor)
- TheStrawhatNO! (LPer, editor, commentator)
- The Legend of Zelda: Book of the Traitor (Writer)
- The Audio Logs Of Dr Squid (Voice actor)
- BlackholeWhitespace (Album, 2011 - no longer available)
- BlackspaceWorkinprogress (Demo EP, came with downloads of BhWs)
- Saw Beat (EP, 2011)
- The Right Way to do Everything (EP, 2011 - no longer available)
- Lost Effort (Single - no longer available)
- Nobody Cares Unless You're Pretty or Dying (Album, December 2013)
- Spider (Promo compilation, November 2013)
- ThornBrain is Really Bad at This - The Best of the Worst (2009-2011) (Compilation, November 2014)
This creator provides examples of:
- The Abridged Series: His best known projects, including SFA, Jetters and Tamers, plus TheMidnightFrogs' one-shots.
- Artist Disillusionment: Went through this in 2012 with abridging, leading him to end SFA. He pulled out of it shortly after, and then brought SFA back in 2013.
- Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: He tends to overload himself with projects, and when one slows down, another will inevitably pop up and hold his attention before he remembers to work on another.
- Author Tract: Sexual identity is a frequent subject in his works. Episode 11 of SFA was devoted almost entirely to saying that it's okay to be Bisexual.
- Bi the Way: Came out in 2011 as Bisexual. In 2013 this was changed to Pansexual, for the sake of specificity.
- Let's Play: TheStrawhatNO!
- Pen Name/Stage Name: He uses ThornBrain semi-professionally as these.
- Sprite Comic: Used to make these several years before SFA. He deleted all of them.
- Webcomic/Fan Webcomic: The Legend of Zelda: Book of the Traitor
- YouTube Poop: Also used to make these before SFA. He points to them as helping him learn how to edit videos, and their influence can still be seen occasionally.
His music provides examples of:
- 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:
- 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.
- 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...:
- "There for Me" is in the style of The Jesus and Mary Chain.
- "Let's Make a Martyr" is a Power Pop take on Andrew W.K..
- "Edged Out" is in the style of Minor Threat, and a simultaneous Take That to Ian Mackeye's and Straight Edge's views on sex.
- "A More Traditional Love Song" is in the style of The Damned, Damned guitarist Captain Sensible, and Motorhead
- "Tribalism" is in the style of Killing Joke and Ministry.
- 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"
- 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, "Bobsatm.com".
"You gave your compliments long after I decided
- From "There for Me":
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).
- "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:
- 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:
- "An O in Hell"