Bored by the non-elastic cardboard cutout over-programmed mainstream and determined to create a funky new sound, PlasmaticBrainSpasm guitarist/vocalist Ryan Branstner and bassist Shawn "Lawnmower" Bachinski, convinced their girlfriends Red Shepard and Pepper Engstrom to join the group. The blues infused rock/pop vocal talents of Pepper and Red, combined with the dirty funk grooves of Ryan and Shawn, proved to be white-hot as PlasmaticBrainSpasm, armed with a sit-in drummer, churned and burned through sets at several Twin Cities-area clubs. Ahh...but the puzzle wasn't complete until by the grace of cosmic connectivity, PlasmaticBrainSpasm, gained the clockwork-precision-booty-moving-thump of Aaron Bellamy to make the groove move...and from the alley of the inner mind to the furthest star, the future sound was realized.
As youngsters, Plasmatic found solice in their musical endeavors. Red and Pepper were trained in musical theatre and subsequently learned singing and showmanship simultaneously. Lawnmower grew up in a musical household and was introduced to music at a very young age. He formed his first originals-only band when he was 14 and since then he's always rockin'. Ryan also began playing and writing in his youth. He combined years of playing music with a music production and engineering degree from MusicTech of Minneapolis. Ryan recorded his first full-length album while in the studios of MusicTech in 1998. Aaron cut his teeth drumming around town and was a founding member of Twin Cities favorites, Soul Reaction and Tribe of Millions. He also layed down his grooves with Sound Imperium, Rocksteady Band, Shangoya, The Poetry, Backbeat, Jerry Hubbard, Blacklight, Brave New World and George Scott Trio.
As PlasmaticBrainSpasm, Aaron, Pepper, Red, Shawn and Ryan are music geeks poised for greatness. With the self-titled album, Plasmatic makes a bodacious musical statement that proves there's nothing tighter than family. Together, Plasmatic sculpts their own reality complete with 'psychedelic blues, hip hop, Funkadelia, futuristic concept, slick 80's Minneapolis synth-funk grooves, real drums, spaced reggae, and a dose of strong ambient-like vocalization.' The subject matter of the songs is often varied, touching on subjects ranging from the dance floor to the state of world politics, and then from the cubicle riddled rat race day mare into the alley of the inner mind. PlasmaticBrainSpasm hits the listener from all angles as they slam through 10 tracks that segue way into one another so the music never stops. The rock solid rhythm section of Bachinski and Bellamy create a vibrant foundation for Branstner to stand on as he expertly casts some 6-string magic that is completely original, and at times eerily reminiscent of Eddie Hazel or Jimi Hendrix. The girls add their flavor to the mix as well. Pepper sails on and hits the highest highs with her operatic-like soprano/alto while Red is a perfect compliment belting it out in her soulful alto/tenor that reminds one of jazz singers long past.
Simply stated, PlasmaticBrainSpasm has it all, multi-gendered vocals, tough rhythm section, off the chain guitar, plenty of interesting subject matter, masterful performers and originality with no end. Plasmatic is the cumulative effect of Ryan, Shawn, Red, Pepper, and Aaron comin' together for the future sound. The debut album is an inspired work that encapsulates songwriting, musicianship and production into an equation for an enlightened musical Experience. PlasmaticBrainSpasm fearlessly dares to tell music lovers of all ages that, 'if you trip upon a star you'll find, funk is where the heart is at.' Now listen y'all, the door is wide open for you to come inside and take a ride, straight from the alley of the inner mind...ALL ABOARD!!!
What is the "future sound"?
PlasmaticBrainSpasm is a heavy thumpin', rock and funkin', multi-gendered quintet that hails from St. Paul, Minnesota. The group is comprised of the soulful rock 1-2 punch vocals of Red and Pepper, the psychedelic blues guitar of Ryan Branstner, the sexual bass positions of Lawn Mower and the relentlessly precise drumming of Aaron Bellamy.
The Furthest Star is the quintessential intro tune, complete with screaming guitar, swanky synth and ominous slowed down funk overlord spoken word. This track is sure to grab any listener's attention.
All Around is a tight, funky groove thang. Check out the spacey vocals, blazin' guitar, and hard hitting rhythm section.
Abstractly Involved tells us that there is, "still a free mind in the rat race". The vocal arrangement on this song is really amazing with all vocalists taking turns at lead and back up.
The Great Embrace begins with spaced out reggae bass and segue ways into a down tempo fuzz bass groove that acts as the frame. The subject matter on this track might form a tight lump in your throat, but reassures the listener that, "funk is medication" for those things that ail us.
Dance Floor Virus gets low down slinky with the tight rhythm section bangin' out a nasty groove. Once again we get the full barrage of all 3 vocalists takin' turns on ya. Check out the hot lead guitar on this one!
Asteroids & Jellybeans begins by blending a droning vocal line with a heavy beat and guitar reminiscent of early Funkadelic. Lawn Mower spends some time getting funky on this track, and the lyrics insist, "not all is lost/it's up to us/open up to see/lead me/not into/mediocrity".
Squarewave Sucker is a mid-tempo shocker that features dot-TEN spittin' some of the hottest underground street knowledge that the Twin Cities has ever known. The rhythm section blows their huge load all over, and the rest of the players skillfully mop it up.
Amsterdam slaps us once upside the head, and tells us to wake up. From the scorching guitar and synth to the powder puff reggae infused vocals during the chorus. This tune covers a lot of ground while taking no prisoners.
H2O is an upbeat party song that rocks solid for just over 3 minutes. "Oh I see pretty things, floatin' in front of me, Feelin' funny, Oh, I'm feelin' funny." This song has some awesome robotic vocals on it. 100% killer!
Supersize Afternoon utilizes the dynamic duo of Pepper and Red, and the girls in turn show us why they're called the 1-2 punch. The guitar on this track is all clean, but that doesn't keep Branstner from expertly going nutz all over it. Bellamy's drums are wickedly tight and Mower's bass walks and pops like he's doing it doggy style. The result? Multiple eargasm straight 2 the inner mind, triggerin' a PlasmaticBrainSpasm, and subsequently a loosening of the booty and an elevated feeling of Oneness...