The man behind arguably the greatest Jedi who ever lived has two reasons for supporting a film about one of the most unsung Dayton bands of all time.
Mark Hamill took to Twitter today, Feb. 13, to explain why you should support Daytonian Eric Mahoney’s Kickstarter for his documentary about the influential 1990s Dayton band “Brainiac.”
I don't usually post Kickstarters-but this is different for 2 reasons:
1-BRAINIAC is an amazing band that really deserves this documentary.
2-It's @GriffinHamill's birthday soon & he really wants this more than anything.#3RA1N1AC http://kck.st/2EX6OIN
Griffin Hamill is Mark Hamil’s son.
Mark Hamill and rocker Trent Reznor, a former Clevelander known for the band Nine Inch Nails, are among the celebrities who have posted tweets in support of Mahoney’s project about the Brainiacs.
Brainiac formed in Dayton in January 1992 with Tim Taylor (vocals, guitar), Juan Monasterio (bass), Tyler Trent (drums) and guitarist Michelle Bodine, who was replaced by John Schmersal in 1994.
On the heels of opening for Beck on a European tour, tragedy struck the band as they were on the verge of signing with a major label.
Taylor died on May 23, 1997 when his 1977 Mercedes crashed into a pole on Main Street in Dayton. He was just blocks from his home.
Now a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, Mahoney has launched the second phase of his plan to bring the film about the Brainiac’s alive.
The latest Kickstarter has collected nearly half of its $20,000 goal.
His appeal is very Dayton-centric.
Here is an except from the latest appeal linked before:
Dayton, OH. Birth place of the cash register, the airplane, Roger and Zapp, The Ohio Players, The Breeders, Guided by Voices and... 3RA1N1AC.
In the mid 90's the Dayton music scene became a hot spot generating world wide buzz from the massive amount of influential indie rock being produced there. Arguably the most innovative of them all was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and insanely charismatic front man Tim Taylor.
After several singles the band signed to Grass Records where they recorded two albums with Girls Against Boys Eli Janney at the helm. Countless tours and much critical acclaim came which landed the band on the Lollapalooza tour and a deal with Touch and Go Records. The band recorded a full length and two EPs with T&G again using Eli Janney and adding Steve Albini, Kim Deal and Jim O'Rourke in the mix to help produce. Brainiac were opening for Beck and being courted by the majors when Tim was tragically killed in an auto accident.
This film will explore Brainiac's music, legacy and how people survive and cope with the loss of loved ones.
Over the past 20 years Brainiac has been cited as a massive influence on the likes of Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Death Cab For Cutie and countless others. You'll hear from the band, family members, fellow musicians and label heads.
A fundraiser for the film was held in December at The Bell House in New York.
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