Rejuvenated psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5 return with a new album this month.
Journey To X is their second full-length album since their 2012 reunification and follows hot on the heels of 2015's acclaimed Exploding Universe.
Once more it was recorded at Alchemy Studios in North London with producer Kenny Jones, and is the first Brainiac 5 album to feature new drummer Joe 'From San Diego' Malone.
Say the band, “After experimenting with sax and flute for our last album, we thought that this time we would revert to our core four-piece psych/punk guitar orientated template. With the introduction of the powerhouse drumming of Joe Malone, we’ve certainly come up with some blistering music in this vein. However, somewhere along the journey we seem to have also wandered off on some other new paths... The journey has been exciting and fulfilling and has resulted in what we feel is our most complete and accomplished work to date.”
Formed in Cornwall in 1976, The Brainiac 5 were regulars on the South-West free festival circuit before heading up to London to join the late-70s/early-80s psych scene, alongside the likes of THE BARRACUDAS and THE SOFT BOYS, where they counted John Peel and Alex Chilton as fans. They released a single and EP produced by HAWKWIND's Martin Griffin, but their debut album World Inside didn't emerge until after they'd split. They recently appeared on Cherry Red's psych revival box set, Another Splash Of Colour.
The band celebrate Journey To X with an 8-hour album launch party at The Gunners, 204 Blackstock Road, London N5 on Saturday 21 January. Kicking off at 4pm, it will feature the band playing the album in full, plus sets from MORTON VALENCE, MARK & THE CLOUDS, THE GREEN RAY, RICHARD BOOTH (of PLUMMET AIRLINES) and PROUDFOOT. Admission is FREE.
Journey To X is released on Friday 20 January as a download, CD and deluxe gatefold vinyl, and is available to pre-order now through Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.
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