BRAINZ, THE: Self-titled: 7”

Those versed in Mighty Sphincter’s wild, disjointed, prog rock-influenced piss take on goth will find much here that rings familiar, and with good reason: this is the band that spawned ‘em, with three-fifths of this band later figuring prominently in Mighty Sphincter’s lineup. The two tunes here are a bit more “punk” than later efforts, but the same chaotic, complex, and dense structures are also very much in evidence, feeling at times more jazz-influenced than the comparatively straightforward sensibilities of contemporaries like the Consumers, for example. So far as I know, this 1979 single remains the only recorded documentation of the band thus far released, and I’m sure this reissue of it is limited, so those with more adventurous tastes are well warned to pick it up right quick. –Jimmy Alvarado (Slope, sloperecords.com)