Brainwave is an electronic
band, founded in 2011 by Greg Greenwell and Gabe Shaker.
The current members are:
- Greg Greenwell - vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, production, sound effects (2011-)
- Gabe Shaker - guitars, synthesizers, co-production (2011-)
- Lachlan Still - trumpet, "Noteflight", (2013-)
Former members include:
- Devin Greene - vocals (2012-2013)
All of their music can be streamed in their entirety on their Bandcamp page
They've also formed the Brainwave Network Podcast
, where they talk about random topics and current events for an hour or so. It has a tendency to go Off the Rails
Greg also has a YouTube account
, where he posts dramatic readings (currently on hiatus), and a soundcloud
, where he posts in-progress songs.
- Brains In Jars (2012)
- The Attempt EP (2013)
- Amorphous+ (2013)
- Deadline EP (2013)
This band and their songs contain examples of:
- Alliterative Name: Greg Greenwell.
- Autotune: Used on "Raw" to provide a multitracked effect.
- Band of Relatives: Greg's sister, Mary, does vocals on “Drone”, and his dad, Ken, plays wineglasses on two songs from "Amorphous+".
- Better than a Bare Bulb: The podcast, full stop.
- Bizarre Instrument: The "three string fretless cigar box", which is just a cigar box with a piece of wood and some bass strings attached.
- Creator Backlash / Old Shame: there were a few albums released between Brains In Jars and The Attempt EP... good luck finding them, Gabe’s the only one who knows where they are.
- Concept Album: "Amorphous+" is based off of the game of the same name.
- Digital Piracy Is Okay: Their albums are released on a pay-what-you-want system. Then, just in case you didn't get the message, they've put music up on various filesharing sites, as well as YouTube. Then they mention it on the Podcast about Once an Episode.
- Easter Egg: Greg's Soundcloud often has weird or funny url endings.
- "Cannon (Pre-Production Mix)" gives us "why-are-you-paying-attention-to-this"
- "Cannon (Probably Mostly Finished)" gives us "oh-jesus-lawred-hahahawaht"
- Echoing Acoustics: Very frequently.
- Electronic Music: Although non-electronic elements appear in sampled or altered forms.
- Epic Rocking: "Kite", "Force", and "Port" off of "Brains In Jars", and "Kris", "Marigold", and "Immunillogical" off of "Amorphous+" all pass the seven-minute mark.
- Off of Greg's soundcloud we get "Cannon".
- They’ve said on the Podcast that they want to move away from this, saying “If a song’s more than three minutes, it better damn well need to be more than three minutes.”
- Everything Is an Instrument: "Moss" and "Diode" feature wineglasses, and "Port" and "Lost Count" feature pencils being hit on a desk.
- Almost every album credits someone as "Noteflight".
- A part of "Immunillogical" takes this Up to Eleven, with them using the sound of their microphone malfuntioning as a transition!
- Gratuitous Panning: All the time.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Apparently, the only way anyone will hear 7iverat, their first attempt at House Music, is if you track down one of a handfull of CDs they burned and gave away to their friends in early 2013.
- Madness Mantra: Two in "Immunillogical"
- First, there's a list of the ways the singer can hurt you, shouted, then whispered
- Second, "Make it stop" over and over, for about a minute.
- No Budget: The total cost for the creation of their entire discography thus far? Just under seventy dollars.
- One of Us: Seems to be a requirement for membership.
- Sampling: They use sound effects from Minecraft in "Moss" and "Marigold".
- The Klf get a vocal line from "Hey Hey We Are Not The Monkees" lifted into "Diode".
- A segment of a speech by Christopher Hitchens is used in lieu of a third verse on “Raw”.
- Scare Chord: The opening of "Port".
- Sesquipedalian Smith: Lachlan Still.
- Shameless Self-Promotion: You're looking at it.
- Shout-Out: Mike Oldfield, Radiohead, deadmau5, and Klaus Schulze are among those thanked in the album descriptions.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Greg. He was called out on this on the very first episode of the podcast, and he immeadiatly burst into a Cluster F-Bomb.
- Song Style Shift: "Steel" starts off with a slow cymbal wash and gentle piano, before the backing synths come in and the drop happens. Then, towards the end, there are a few bars of House Music, before going back to the album's signature ambience.
- The Quiet One: Devin, in his lone appearance on the podcast, kept more to himself, commenting a few times, but mostly leaving things to the other guests. This also reflects his contributions to the band, which amount to a handful of vocal tracks, none of which have seen official release.