Antbrain plays their brand of rock music with a crooked smile. Audiences can't help but smile back as their ears are gently tickled by the fuzzy guitars, driving basslines and pummeling rhythms. Starting out as a sporadic recording project for guitarist Jiyoung Lee and bassist Dave Bonawits in 2008, the band discovered their true self when they added drummer Josh Hall in mid-2010. Since then they've been winning audiences over with their self described "slop-pop."
Deft songwriting and a feral energy form the core of Antbrain's music. Just underneath the wisecracks and zen-like koans burns a 21st century lyricism wavering between crippling neuroses and supreme confidence. Lee and Bonawits sing with a semi-shouted roar, often at the same time, never losing sight of their innate melodicism. The overall sound is decidedly 90's, coming across as a weird mix between the Pixies, Moldy Peaches and Pinkerton-era Weezer. Someone once said they sounded like The Presidents of the United ...[more]