Biography

Formed in 2012 for a set at the Alternative Guitar Festival in NYC, this trio features six-slinging avant-jazz maniac Brandon Seabrook, 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 rock alluvium. Needle Driver recorded their debut album with engineer/producer Martin Bisi in the cavernous BC studios. It will be released by Nefarious Industries in late 2017.

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Label Spotlight: Nefarious Industries – Decibel Magazine

Check out this rad spotlight on Nefarious Industries, up now at Decibel. Everything you every wanted to know about the label, and a glimpse at what’s coming in 2018!

If you seek off-kilter music, Nefarious Industries is the label you need to be following. More a collective of like-minded individuals than a proper record label, Nefarious Industries is home to a diverse array of artists that range from very metal, to metal-related, to not metal at all. Two of Nefarious’ most-trusted operators took the time to speak to Decibel about running “a label that showcases the most adventurous and least commercially viable artists that it can manage to locate.”

Read the entire feature HERE.

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BRANDON SEABROOK’s Needle Driver EP Review – SonicAbuse

“If the presence of Martin Bisi is a boon when it comes to piquing the interest, then the presence of a Nefarious Industries catalogue number on the sleeve is of paramount importance. Self-described as “the home of a bunch of big, dumb noise”, it is, to my mind, one of the few labels out there fighting against the creeping tide of commercialism in music. […] The label’s latest release is a beautifully packaged, perfectly recorded example of chaos in motion. Informed by the rampant experimentalism exhibited in Miles Davis’ ‘bitches brew’ and filtered through the lens of ‘sister’-era Sonic Youth, BRANDON SEABROOK’s Needle Driver features just five tracks and introduces the listener to a multi-faceted whirl of music, the like of which will leave the listener dizzy and uncertain. Syncopated beats and atonal chord progressions are the order of the day, all shot through with arcing feedback and layers of sheet-metal noise, and the result is a glimpse into the dark inspiration that the dark alleys of New York seem to foment. […] BRANDON SEABROOK’s Needle Driver ultimately sounds like nothing other than itself. Not for those for whom familiarity breeds safety, Needle Driver is an avant-garde masterpiece that throws down a rough-covered gauntlet to all those who would claim innovation in their art.” – SonicAbuse

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Brandon Seabrook’s ‘Needle Driver’ – Nextbop

“Guitarist Brandon Seabrook‘s new album, Needle Driver, is quick and dirty. It could hardly be classified as a jazz album, but we’re going out on a limb and saying it is anyway. […] Allison Miller has always had a steady hand, and this mix of rock and jazz elements are an exceptional use of her abilities. Seabrook, who has been weird for a minute but has really let that side show this year, is playing his guitar in every possible direction and he’s bringing Deblase along with him on bass. Together, they’re a madcap trio whose songs are wrapped up long before you tire of them. It’s really that brief an album, so brief “rewards repeat listens” is by no means a cliche. Needle Driver is certainly one of those albums just worth a listen, no matter one’s proclivities.” – Nextbop

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BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER Debut Streaming At Decibel Magazine; Needle Driver EP Sees Release Friday Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound


[photo by Roman Meisenberg]

Decibel Magazine is now streaming the Needle Driver debut by BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER – the newest project of avant-jazz guitarist Brandon Seabrook – which sees release tomorrow via Nefarious Industries.

The material on the Needle Driver EP was written 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 trio. Incredibly diverse tones run deep through the record, with jaw-dropping musicianship bursting forth from each member, with unfathomably complex arrangements shining through gleaming, ethereal soundscapes, resulting in a unique, immersive, and impressive listening experience. Needle Driver was recorded, mixed, and mastered by legendary engineer Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth) in the cavernous BC Studios.

With their stream of the Needle Driver EP, Decibel declares, “the trio defy musical expectations and typical song construction in favor of off-the-wall instrumental tracks that range from low and slow (‘Ventwhorerisin’) to erratic, jazzy shredfests (‘Entropic Vacuum Party’).”

Stream the debut by BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER at Decibel RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Needle Driver this Friday, October 27th, both digitally and in a special run of CDs limited to 100 copies, featuring a hand-stamped, hand-numbered 4-panel sleeve packaged inside a custom clear plastic stationary box. Find preorders at the Nefarious store HERE and via Bandcamp HERE.

BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER is the newest project of avant-jazz guitarist Brandon Seabrook, also of Die Trommel Fatale, Seabrook Power Plant, and many others. He’s been named “NYC’s Best Guitarist” by the Village Voice, his work has been profiled by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Fret Board Journal, and more. Formed in 2012 for a set at the Alternative Guitar Festival in NYC, this ensemble features drum leviathan Allison Miller (Ani Defranco), and electric bass virtuoso Johnny Deblase (Zevious, Sabbath Assembly).

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Full Album Stream: Brandon Seabrook’s NEEDLE DRIVER – Decibel Magazine

Brandon Seabrook’s Needle Driver are one of those groups that really are almost impossible to classify, because “avant-jazz” and “alternative metal” just don’t do the band justice. Fronted by guitarist Brandon Seabrook and supported by bassist Johnny Deblase (Sabbath Assembly) and drummer Allison Miller (Ani Defranco, The Seth Myers Show), the trio defy musical expectations and typical song construction in favor of off-the-wall instrumental tracks that range from low and slow (“Ventwhorerisin’”) to erratic, jazzy shredfests (“Entropic Vacuum Party”).” – Decibel Magazine

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Review: Brandon Seabrook’s NEEDLE DRIVER – MoshPitNation

“Like a large syringe being driven into the base of your brain stem by avante-garde genius Brandon Seabrook himself, his newest project NEEDLE DRIVER definitely lives up to its title. Scorching solos, bone crushing chord progressions, and hanging onto one note so long it makes an uncomfortably long Family Guy joke look tame. Melody takes a backseat to the groove throughout and time signatures are decimated on this jarring release. I would probably classify it as avante-garde jazz, but genres mean nothing to these musicians as they blaze a hole through most of them.” – MoshPitNation

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From Dizzy Gillespie to Brandon Seabrook to Michael Leonhart to Jason Moran, in Take Five – WBGO

“If you know Brandon Seabrook, you probably know the role he plays as a human special effect, on guitar or banjo, in all manner of experimental settings. (In this space last week, he turned up as a member of Tomas Fujiwara’s Triple Double.) But it’s when he’s left to his own devices that Seabrook goes the most berserk — in a band like Seabrook Power Plant, or with sparring partners like trumpeter Peter Evans. Now comes his latest provocation, NEEDLE DRIVER, with Johnny Deblase on electric bass and Allison Miller on drums. […] This track, “Entropic Vacuum Party,” highlights some unresolved issues with thrash metal, along with a more generally impertinent and concussive rapport.” – WBGO

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BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER: “Entropic Vacuum Party” Debuted Via WBGO’s Take Five As Debut Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound


[photo by Roman Meisenberg]

“Entropic Vacuum Party” is the new single off the Needle Driver debut by BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER, the song debuted through eminent jazz station WBGO’s weekly online playlist, Take Five, with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Michael Leonhart, Jason Moran, and more. Needle Driver was recorded, mixed, and mastered by legendary engineer Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth) in the cavernous BC Studios, and will see release next week through Nefarious Industries.

BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER is the newest project of avant-jazz guitarist Brandon Seabrook, also of Die Trommel Fatale, Seabrook Power Plant, and many others. He’s been named “NYC’s Best Guitarist” by the Village Voice, his work has been profiled by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Fret Board Journal, and more. Formed in 2012 for a set at the Alternative Guitar Festival in NYC, this ensemble features drum leviathan Allison Miller (Ani Defranco), and electric bass virtuoso Johnny Deblase (Zevious, Sabbath Assembly).

Hear “Entropic Vacuum Party” at WBGO’s new Take Five playlist RIGHT HERE.

Also stream Needle Driver’s previously-released “Synonymph” at Invisible Oranges HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release the five-song Needle Driver debut on October 27th, both digitally and in a special run of CDs limited to 100 copies, featuring a hand-stamped, hand-numbered 4-panel sleeve packaged inside a custom clear plastic stationary box. Find preorders at the Nefarious store HERE and via Bandcamp HERE.

The material on the Needle Driver EP was written 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 trio. Incredibly diverse tones run deep through the record, with jaw-dropping musicianship bursting forth from each member, with unfathomably complex arrangements shining through gleaming, ethereal soundscapes, resulting in a unique, immersive, and impressive listening experience.

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Review: Brandon Seabrook’s NEEDLE DRIVER – Can This Even Be Called Music?

Needle Driver is the latest experiment of Brooklyn musician Brandon Seabrook. The hard-to-describe EP seamlessly bridges contemporary classical music, experimental jazz, and mathcore into a nasty instrumental tapestry. The trio even includes some microtonal intervals, spotted in the song “venwhorerisin’”. The five compositions are too quickly gone, but they provide an endless amount of entertainment while they last: uncommon time signatures, odd harmonies, complex and exhausting melodies, as well as a knack for deranged structures that somehow hold themselves together.” – Can This Even Be Called Music?

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AMN Reviews: Brandon Seabrook’s Needle Driver – Needle Driver (2017; Nefarious Industries)

“Perhaps Zevious is the best point of reference for NEEDLE DRIVER, as Seabrook and company provide five short bursts of energy, each featuring aggressive riffing, speed picking, and disjointed time changes. Particularly, Deblase and Seabrook’s lines are barely controlled chaos, with Miller doing her best to keep them rooted. The result involves massive walls of harmonic progressions made from thousands of individual notes.” – Avant Music News

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BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER Debuts “Synonymph” At Invisible Oranges; Debut Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

“Synonymph” is the lead track to the debut by New York City-Based exploratory/alternative metal outfit, BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER. With the Needle Driver record confirmed for release through Nefarious Industries in late October, Invisible Oranges has debuted the opening anthem.

Offers Seabrook with the new song’s debut, “’Synonymph’ is a collision of harsh atmospherics, dense textural and technical expression of our reality…”

Invisible Oranges writes, “’The song opens with an increasingly uncomfortable tickle attack, each instrument nimbly landing where you least expect it and at alarming speeds. The further it eases off the ears rhythmically, the more it piles on the discomfort with ‘twist the knife’ harmony. During the piece’s string heavy bridge, as close as it gets to subdued, the instruments grind against each other, revealing in the ugliest bends of harmony that they can find to hang on. That same disharmonious snarl gets carried over to the song’s climax where the band returns to the dizzying speed of ‘Synonymph’’s introduction. It’s a similar kind of “musicianship as a cudgel” approach that bands like Helmet, Unsane, Behold The Arctopus, and countless others have used to punish New York audiences for decades. Seabrook, Miller, and Deblase carry on that legacy with devilish competence.”

Stream Needle Driver’s “Synonymph” at Invisible Oranges HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release the five-song Needle Driver debut on October 27th, both digitally and in a special run of CDs limited to 100 copies, featuring a hand-stamped, hand-numbered 4-panel sleeve packaged inside a custom clear plastic stationary box. Find preorders at the Nefarious store HERE and via Bandcamp HERE.

The Needle Driver EP bears the debut recordings by the newest project of New York-based avant-jazz guitarist Brandon Seabrook, also of Die Trommel Fatale, Seabrook Power Plant, and many others. He’s been named “NYC’s Best Guitarist” by the Village Voice, his work has been profiled by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Fret Board Journal, and more. Formed in 2012 for a set at the Alternative Guitar Festival in NYC, BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER also features drum leviathan Allison Miller (Ani Defranco), and electric bass virtuoso Johnny Deblase (Zevious, Sabbath Assembly).

The material on the Needle Driver EP was written by creator Brandon 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 trio. Needle Driver was recorded, mixed and mastered by legendary engineer Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth) in the cavernous BC Studios. Incredibly diverse tones run deep through the record, with jaw-dropping musicianship bursting forth from each member, with unfathomably complex arrangements shining through gleaming, ethereal soundscapes, resulting in a unique, immersive, and impressive listening experience.

Watch for additional music from Needle Driver to be issued in the weeks ahead.

BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER will be playing a release show for the EP on October 3rd, joined by labelmates Bangladeafy, and more.

BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER Live:
10/03/2017 The Silent Barn – Brooklyn, NY *record release show w/ Bangladeafy [info]

Needle Driver Track Listing:
1. Synonymph
2. Ocular Rabies
3. Entropic Vacuum Party
4. ventwhorerisin’
5. Opticidal Flavorist

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Track Premiere: Brandon Seabrook’s Needle Driver Twist The Knife On “Synonymph” – Invisible Oranges

“It’s a similar kind of “musicianship as a cudgel” approach that bands like Helmet, Unsane, Behold The Arctopus, and countless others have used to punish New York audiences for decades. Seabrook, Miller, and Deblase carry on that legacy with devilish competence.” – Invisible Oranges

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BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER: Debut To See Release Via Nefarious Industries; Band Features “NYC’s Best Guitarist” + Members Of Ani Defranco, Zevious, Sabbath Assembly – Earsplit Compound

[photo by Greg C. Photography]

Nefarious Industries confirms the impending release of Needle Driver, the debut recordings from New York City-Based exploratory/alternative metal outfit, BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER.

BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER is the newest project of New York-based avant-jazz guitarist Brandon Seabrook, also of Die Trommel Fatale, Seabrook Power Plant, and many others. He’s been named “NYC’s Best Guitarist” by the Village Voice, his work has been profiled by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Fret Board Journal, and more. Formed in 2012 for a set at the Alternative Guitar Festival in NYC, BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER also features drum leviathan Allison Miller (Ani Defranco), and electric bass virtuoso Johnny Deblase (Zevious, Sabbath Assembly).

Nefarious Industries will release the five-song Needle Driver debut on October 27th, both digitally and in a special run of CDs; watch for album art, audio samples, preorders, and more to be released in the coming days.

Additionally, drummer Allison Miller is often featured on the Seth Myers show as a guest drummer in the house band, and she is being featured on the show all week through this Friday, September 8th.

BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER will be playing a release show for the EP on October 3rd, joined by labelmates Bangladeafy, and more.

BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER Live:
10/03/2017 The Silent Barn – Brooklyn, NY *record release show w/ Bangladeafy [info]

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