On "Sylphid Vitalizers", Brandon's debut solo album, he warps his electric guitar and tenor banjo, an instrument notorious in old time jazz, into barbaric oblivion. Released by New Atlantis Records in 2014, to much critical acclaim this intensely wired and seizure-inducing offering tests Seabrook’s physical limits. Influenced by the the banjo orchestras of the 1920's where 15 to 20 banjo players would be playing simultaneously, S.V. recreates the density of these orchestras leaving behind the diatonic harmonies and trading them for thickly overdubbed passages of accelerated tremoloing and bowed drones. Utilizing studio layering, nothing is sped up or looped all of the material is played in real time to the incessant thrash of a click track. Flashes of improvisation and a pummeling vintage drum machine give a startling counterpoint to this study in density. Tiny Mix Tapes noted “the tension here resembles that of string ensembles stretched to the absolute snapping point”.
For its 50th release, New Atlantis Records is proud to present guitar wizard Brandon Seabrook's new large ensemble recording, Die Trommel Fatale. Conceived as a poly-rhythmic exploration of the dark side of the drum, Die Trommel Fatale layers dichotomous drummers against cello, bass, electronics, voice and guitar. By dispensing with cymbals, the band highlights the primal propulsion of the drums, contrasting the body and resonance of the dual kits with dizzying ensemble passages and transcendent solo experimentation. Cinematic textures emerge from the bone-shaking collision of drums, strings and guttural shrieks under the command of Seabrook's prodigiously dynamic guitar. The result is a 10-track exploration of everything serene and abhorrent will be released by New Atlantis records in June 2017. Listen to the preview single "Emotional Cleavage" below.
Founded in 2008, Seabrook Power Plant is celebration of the transformation of a 1927 Bacon and Day Banjo into a tremolo-driven frenzy that Jazz Times called "thrillingly disorienting". Featuring Tom Blancarte on bass and Jared Seabrook on drums, the trio's impetus lies on the angular shoulders of Brandon's guitar and banjo attacks, structured by painstakingly precise composition. Melding Punk, Americana, and Prog into a merciless, sonic power tool, their debut album drove The New York Times to appropriately label Brandon "..a man apparently hellbent on earning the title of World’s Least Rustic Banjo Player…"
Formed in 2012 for a set at the Alternative Guitar Festival in NYC, this trio features drum leviathan Allison Miller and electric bass virtuoso Johnny Deblase. Needle Driver material was written by Seabrook and sharpened over a two year period of ceaseless rehearsing and steadfast guerrilla tactics. Damaged skronk, asymmetric time signatures, fractured guitar blasts and hulking bass are the hallmarks of this chalice of blurt. Needle Driver recorded their debut album with engineer/producer Martin Bisi in the cavernous BC studios. It will be released by Nefarious Industries in September of 2017. Check out the sneak preview single "Lug" below: