• Alex Mason

Brain Food - Brain Food EP



Birmingham psychsters Brain Food have served up another acidic nugget with the release of their new self-titled EP. Their consciousness-expanding reputation assumes new heights with the prismatic sounds emanating from this latest addition to their repertoire. The five track EP catapults heavy thunderous distortion into the acid jazz mix - the perfect blend for anyone ready to immerse themselves in an otherworldly experience.

Opener Poseidon is aptly named after the god of sea, storms and earthquakes incorporating both thunder and lightning effects which underpin booming fuzz guitar runs and the powerful reverberating vocals of Liam McKeown. Guitarist Jakob Cusp adds a bluesy undertone to the kaleidoscopic mix to achieve a distinct distorted yet experimental sound. As the doom section kicks in midway through we are transported deep into the darkness by the low tones of Carrott’s rippling bass and the thunderous toms from drummer, Connor Doyle. For any heavy head, this takes the track up to eleven.

Whilst every song on the EP is distinctive, all share the same dreamlike feel. Brain Food manage to retain a balance between heavy rock and calmer psych snarls, particularly in Canyon Crawler. The angelic lyrics convey a sense of serenity with guitar licks that provide a hypnotic flavour to a song already rich in dynamics. That Feeling, too, conjures up a dreamlike state with its tranquil vibe made distinctive by the burst of roaring drums from Doyle. It is a song written about McKeown’s mum and according to Cusp means a lot to the group.

Any jazz lover will appreciate Cosmic Jones. This acidic swinger flows so naturally with the metamorphic guitar licks creating a truly cosmic feel before the distorted cries of Cusp’s wah-wah interrupt the serenity, finally resolving back to a mellow jazzy tone.

The highlight comes from final track Forbidden Tongue, combining a lively high-hat drum pattern and swirling lead guitar which cascades from the fretboard in a melodic fury. To these ears its authentic psychedelic sound resonates with the authentic vibe of the first great psych era of the late 60s. Most impressive are the frequent tempo changes throughout the piece – there is enough material in there for 3 separate tracks but in true Brain Food style, no challenge is too big! All in all, a rhythmically wild and extraordinary tour de force.


Jakob explains “The plan post quarantine is to get straight back to recording. We're going into hiding at our lock up with an amazing engineer to record songs that have been written since recording and releasing EP 2 and we are really excited.”


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