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Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero

Dir. Eric Mahoney USA

2019

Of the artists emerging from the Dayton, OH music scene of the mid-90s (including The Breeders and Guided by Voices) arguably the most innovative was Brainiac, a blistering band led by musical genius Tim Taylor. Riding a wave of industry buzz, the band was opening for Beck and entertaining major label offers when tragedy struck. On May 23, 1997, Taylor was tragically killed in a bizarre auto accident. For his family, former bandmates, friends, and fans, the impact of his loss is still palpable decades later. In addition to exploring the weight of Taylor’s loss, Eric Mahoney’s film celebrates Brainiac’s brilliant run and explores the legacy of its music, which has gone on to influence the likes of Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, The National, and countless others.

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