Brainpool

Brainpool

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Still going after 12 years, Sweden’s rock trio Brainpool is trying to change the world with every song. Their latest, an epic rock opera titled Junk, is a politically charged 2 CD anthem on money, greed, and how humans need to get back to being human and treating each other as such.

Biography

“We don’t plan to change the world, but we do all we can,” says David, lead singer of Brainpool.

That’s quite a change for a band that made it big singing for pre–teens. Brainpool’s history is one of major transformations, from pop darlings to sharp-eyed, sharp-tongued rock adventurers and Internet music distribution pioneers with a new greatest-hits album under their belts.

The band got together in 1991 with their original lineup: David Birde, vocals; Christoffer Lundquist, bass and production; Jens Jansson, drums; and singer Janne Kask. Initially they were happy as a pop band signed with Epic. They loved the money, luxury and the attention and didn’t think about any messages they might be sending. From 1994-1996 they put out three “crispy power pop”
records, as Lundquist calls them: Soda, Painkiller, and Stay Free.

Their tone changed drastically with Kask’s departure in 1997 and with the band’s 1999 album You Are Here, with its New Order influences and spooky themes of isolation in a crowded metropolis. But the biggest change was yet to come.

“We realized our audience was getting younger,” says David. “We were 26, we were smelly and unshaven and drunk. There were 11- and 12-year-old fans who wanted a hug. We just thought it was so wrong. That’s when we realized we had to do something else,” says David.

In 2000, Brainpool left Epic and began working on Junk, a sweeping two-disc rock opera set in a not-too-distant future where international megacompanies own everything, including Brainpool. The biggest of these is Junk, Inc., which is gradually taking over the world one piece at a time in order to push its forgettable, disposable products. The company buys out Brainpool and recasts them as Junkpool, house band of a legendary rock club also recently bought by Junk and revamped in the name of profit.

David, who was working at an advertising agency when he wrote the story, isn’t afraid that the album might be too political; the band describes the album as a criticism of modern consumption-crazed society, which “produces junk, talks crap and stinks like trash.”

In 2004, Brainpool performed Junk with Sweden’s Malmö Symphonic Orchestra. The concert was broadcast on Swedish National Radio and
television, featured 60 classically trained musicians and had 10,000 people in attendance. The
9 p.m. news was even postponed as Junk aired.

2005 brought their first greatest-hits album, We Aimed to Please, which collects hits, demos,
videos and previously unreleased songs.

Members of Brainpool also founded Junk Musik, an Internet-based label that can record, mix and release artists’ songs in a matter of days. The label is closely tied with Christoffer’s Aerosol Grey Machine Studio in rural Sweden, which has hosted artists like Roxette, Per Gessle, The Cardigans, Ed Harcourt, Ulf Lundell and The Magic Numbers.

Lyrics

Junk

Written By: David Birde

There is Junk in the supermarket right across the street
It's in TV dinner, soda cans and frozen ground meat
You can wash yourself forever but you'll never get clean
There is Junk in the mailbox and the glossy magazines
It's the headlines of the papers and it's on the movie screen
It's on every radio station and in every record store
It's the same old thing

Oh, I try to remember, what I did in December
Oh, I try to remember you
Oh, you...

There is Junk on the television 24/7
And there's Junk on the shelves at the 7-11
You can call it what you like, but to me it's all the same
There is Junk in the supermarket right across the street
It's in the facial expression of the people that you meet
You can scrub yourself forever but the dirt it just won't wear off
No it won't wear off

Oh, I try to remember, what I did in December
Oh, I try to remember you
Oh, you...

Junk can have a title, wear a crown and be a king
Junk can be an actor or a popstar who can sing
You can put it in the paper but to me it's just the same old thing
The same old JUNK!
It's the same old thing

Live - Transmission

Written By: David Birde

Did you ever believe in
all the things that they were feeding you?
And have you ever had the mind to just get up and walk away?

Suddenly it hits you right between the eyes
Nothing ever changes -- there must be more to life.
You try another drug just to check if you’re alive.
I know you -- we know you!

This is LIVE – TRANSMISSION
With commercial intermissions

Did you ever consider
why the taste is so bitter now?
And have you ever had the mind to
just turn around and look away?

Suddenly it hits you right between the eyes
Nothing ever changes -- there must be more to life.
You try another drug just to check if you’re alive.
I know you -- we know you!

This is LIVE – TRANSMISSION
With commercial intermissions

Here comes the weekend – the city is calling your name.
The good and the bad and the sane and the mad are the same.

Suddenly it hits you right between the eyes
You catch a little glimpse of the other side of life.
You draw another breath just to check if you’re alive.
I know you -- we know you – STAY TUNED!

Discography

Brainpool has had top ten singles on Swedish radio numerous times and has two gold records.

Discography:

Junk – A Rock Opera [CD, 2004]

Live Transmission [CD single, 1999]

You Are Here [CD, 1999]

You Are Here [CD single, 1999]

My Sweet Lord (She's so Fine) [CD single, 1997]

In a Box [CD, 1996]

Stay Free [CD, 1996]

Sister C'mon [CD, 1996]

Tomorrow [CD single, 1995]

We Aim to Please [CD single, 1995]

Painkiller [CD, 1995]

Bandstarter [CD single, 1995]

That's my Charm [CD single, 1994]

In the Countryside [CD single, 1995]

Girl Lost [CD single, 1995]

Soda [CD, 1994]

Everyday [CD single, 1994]

At School [CD single, 1993]

Set List

Set list for any given performance depends on the particular venue and other arrangements. Please contact Brainpool's management at http://jwcartistgroup.com for more information about booking.