Brainiac, Hissing Prigs In Static Couture

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Hissing Prigs In Static Couture


Coming from the same weird new Ohio that birthed Devo and Pere Ubu, Brainiac played manic, squiggly new wave hopelessly out of fashion in the over-serious '90s rock scene. But the band's energy cut through the frowns of grunge and post- and math-rock, and Hissing Prigs in Static Couture is the band's undisputed masterpiece (and sole T&G release). Tracks like "This Little Piggy" and "Beekeeper's Maxim" demonstrate the quartet's irresistible charm — like Washington, D.C.'s Shudder to Think (one of Brainiac's few spiritual contemporaries, along with Six Finger Satellite), Brainiac's tablature resembles a Jackson Pollock painting more than anything. The band broke up in 1997, when singer-guitarist Tim Taylor died in a car accident.