Piercing the Dark
Brainstorm is: Laurie Jo Brain - vocals, acoustic guitar Kate Brain - keyboards, vocals Tyler James Brain - acoustic, electric, bass guitars, keyboards, vocals Carrie Jo Brain - violin, mandolin, vocals Ellie and Audrey Brain - backup vocals Joel Brain - harmonica Will Brain - future drummer Notes on Piercing the Dark: This is an album of original songs. We spent several days in a recording studio during the summers of 2000 and 2001 and this CD was pressed early in 2002. By the time we were done it was hard to have any sense of how well it had turned out. I think we were all just glad it was over. When I pop the CD in the player these days I'm a bit surprised at how good it really is. After all, Carrie, Tyler, and Kate were only 14, 16 and 17 when they penned their songs. Besides, a 'family band' is one of those traditions that just isn't supposed to sound this good. But don't take my word for it (after all I'm the Dad) Instead, listen to some of the online clips and make up your own mind. Biography Brainstorm is a family band playing classic and original songs in a contemporary folk vein. Known for clean arrangements and pure harmonies, they've been described as having 'a tasteful acoustic sound with just enough electricity to give it some edge. Laurie recorded a demo in the late eighties and received encouraging feedback from Nashville producers. But the reality of life on the road wasn't compatible with raising children so she decided to put the music career on hold and devote her time to family. 'The decision was easy to make. There was no question. Of course there was a realization that there were some things I couldn't do but there were no regrets. It was the right thing to do.' Because music was a major part of life in the Brain house, it was only natural that the children would take up instruments and join in the music. 'I never really stopped performing. I just did it locally. Pretty soon I started bringing the kids into the show.' These days Laurie is joined on stage by her three oldest: Kate on keyboard, Tyler on guitars, and Carrie on violin and mandolin. Two younger girls, Ellie on violin and Audrey on keyboard usually make vignette appearances and typically get the biggest crowd response. Will, at 6, is affectionately dubbed 'the future drummer' and Joel, the father, runs the sound and sits in with harmonica on occasion. Brainstorm recently released a new CD, Piercing the Dark. It is an intriguing mixture of original songs in a contemporary folk vein. Available wherever they play, it can also be purchased online at cdbaby.com Brainstorm can be reached at: 36423 Agency Lake Loop Chiloquin, OR 97624 541-783-3250.