In 2015, The Brainstems released their debut LP, No Place Else, the the first full-length from the St. Louis based garage foursome. It dropped on Bad Diet Records in November.
The Brainstems record and eat tacos in St. Louis, Missouri. They bonded a few years ago at a local radio station, which led them to form a cover band indebted to garage rippers by Ty Segall and The Coachwhips. After a pact to pursue the rock life for real, the guys inevitably began to feel the tug of the twinkling coasts, the anchor of the dollar. The title No Place Else is a nod to the decisions and developments that kept the band banded (thankfully). Counted among their peers are St. Louis’ golden berzerkers Lumpy & The Dumpers. In fact, both groups share a band member in Gabe “The Babe” Karabell.
We recently caught up with the band to talk ask them what their favorite releases were in 2015. This is what they told us.
Sufjan Stevens, Carrie and Lowell
Vince Staples, Summertime ’06
Protomartyr, The Agent Intellect
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Shopping, Why Choose
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon
Chelsea Reject, CMPLX
Destroyer, Poison Season
Kamasi Washington, The Epic
Viet Cong, Viet Cong