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The Hairbrain Scheme

The Hairbrain Scheme

The Hairbrain Scheme


In an age where nearly every band claims to be pushing the boundaries of music, Santa Barbara based The Hairbrain Scheme offers a truly unique auditory experience that defies immediate categorization. This Santa Barbara based quartet - which consists of Grant Parsons (vocals), Chris Nava (keyboard), Nate Harris (bass), and Dan Bellinger (drums) - is more than just a band playing music; it is twisted carnival that allows its members to contort their wildest ideas into musical form. Read more on Last.fm
In an age where nearly every band claims to be pushing the boundaries of music, Santa Barbara based The Hairbrain Scheme offers a truly unique auditory experience that defies immediate categorization. This Santa Barbara based quartet - which consists of Grant Parsons (vocals), Chris Nava (keyboard), Nate Harris (bass), and Dan Bellinger (drums) - is more than just a band playing music; it is twisted carnival that allows its members to contort their wildest ideas into musical form. With a sound that blends elements of jazz, hardcore, punk, new wave, indie rock, pop, electronica and oldies, The Hairbrain Scheme can slip into a Devo-like trance one moment and pump out Queen-sized arena rock in the next verse. Their sound is infectious enough to keep heads bobbing while simultaneously bizarre enough to keep people scratching their heads. "We all come from totally different musical backgrounds," says frontman Grant Parsons about the band's oddball sound. "Dan was into all the pioneer death metal bands (Vader, Deicide, Carcass, Samael), Nate is into old hardcore/punk (Gorilla Biscuits/Minor Threat), Chris is into a lot of techno (Daft Punk, Squarepusher, Felix Da Housecat), while I'm heavily into Queen, Sam Cooke, and Peter Gabriel." The Hairbrain Scheme's roots can be traced back to a flyer frontman Grant Parsons posted to promote an all she-male band he was putting together called Spread Eagle Surprise.

Grant received a response from keyboardist Chris Nava and bassist Nate Harris who were interested in collaborating on something truly unique. After dropping the gender ambiguity theme, the 3-piece would recruit drummer Dan Bellinger to complete their line-up and dub themselves The Hairbrain Scheme. With a concrete line-up, the group unleashed themselves onto the live scene throughout California and quickly drew a cult-like following for their eclectic live performances. Since then the band has played with artists such as Ima Robot, Deadsy, MC Christo and in opening slots for mainstream artists like RJD2, The Walkmen, 31 Knots, Damien Marley and even Busta Rhymes. In 2006, the group signed to independent powerhouse GridIron Records, the new label founded by Ex-Snot/Soulfly guitarist Mikey Doling, Kyle Turley, (10 Year NFL Veteran), Max Harris, Tim Pickett (formerly of EMI Music) and former Snot manager Nic Adler. "The first time I heard The Hairbrain Scheme I was completely blown away with the creativity and stunned by the fact that they don't use any guitars," says Doling. "Once I got over that I totally agreed a guitar would not work in this band.

Nava, the keyboardist, is pure genius, and he takes the place of the guitarist just fine. I also think Grant is one of the best vocalists I've heard in years, and I got the same feeling when I heard him as I did with artists like Freddie Mercury of Queen or Mike Patton for the first time." With a label in place, the group entered the studio to record their debut album, Sad Am I, an eccentric amalgamation of musical styles with song content that ranges from a dub take on the passive observer to a ballad proclaiming the love for a woman with a little meat on her bones. "When tracking this album we laid down and fine-tuned songs that we had been working on for a while at break-neck speed. We were allowed to do what we wanted to do, even if it seemed hokey, weird or bizarre," says drummer Dan Bellinger. "Even though the recording time was sandwiched into 2 weeks, we were able to do some impromptu recording that involved everything from Casio vintage keyboards to cricket legs." With the release of Sad Am I, The Hairbrain Scheme has taken the musical rulebook and thrown it out the window.

Instead they have created an album - truly an original creation - that will delight and mystify at the same time. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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