Dayton, Ohio, is the birth place of the cash register, the airplane, Roger and Zapp, The Ohio Players, The Breeders, Guided by Voices and… 3RA1N1AC.

In the mid ’90s the Dayton music scene became a hot spot generating worldwide buzz from the massive amount of influential indie rock being produced there. Arguably the most innovative of them all was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and insanely charismatic front man Tim Taylor.

After several singles the band was courted by the New York label Grass Records and recorded two albums with Girls Against Boys own Eli Janney at the helm. Countless tours and much critical acclaim came which landed the band on the Lollapalooza side stage and a deal with Touch and Go Records. The band recorded a full length and two EPs with T&G again using Eli Janney and adding Steve Albini, Kim Deal and Jim O’Rourke in the mix to help produce.

The band was opening for Beck and being courted by the majors when Tim was tragically killed in an auto accident.

A Kickstarter campaign launched this week is expected to fund a documentary that will explore the ’90s Dayton music scene, Brainiac’s legacy and how people survive and cope with the loss of loved ones. Over the past 20 years Brainiac has been cited as a massive influence on the likes of Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Death Cab For Cutie and countless others. You’ll hear from the band, family members, fellow musicians and label heads.

The film will feature commentary and appearances by:

Steve Albini, Wayne Coyne, Buzz Osbourne, Cedric Bixler, David Yow, Eli Janney, Fred Armisen, Jim O’Rourke, Gregg Foreman, John Schmersal, Juan Monasterio, Tyler Trent, Michelle Bodine, Tim’s mother, Linda Taylor and more

The film is directed and produced by Eric Mahoney, whose documentary and narrative work has been seen on television and at various international film festivals such as Cannes, Tribeca and Melbourne. In addition Eric spent over a decade in the midwest music scene fronting the band Murder Your Darlings.

Contribute to the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1955677038/brainiac-documentary

Author

Tim Anderl is an American journalist from Dayton, Ohio, whose work has been published in Alternative Press, Strength Skateboarding Magazine, and Substream Music Press. He was previously the web editor of GhettoblasterMagazine.com and is currently the editor of YouIndie.com, a host of Sound Check Chat Podcast, and a contributing writer for New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Dayton City Paper.

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