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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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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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