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A bit too heavy to be considered emo and a bit too complex in both structure and affect to be called punk, let alone hardcore, this Muncie, IN-based sextet gets compared most frequently to bands like At the Drive-In and the Juliana Theory (for whom bandleader Jonathon Newby once worked as a tour manager). But listeners over the age of 30 will be most immediately struck by two other influences: Rush's Geddy Lee (check out Newby's vocals on "Monolithic") and the Cure's Robert Smith (check out Newby's vocals on the bridge to "Life Death"). While the band's sound is still a bit rough and less-than fully formed on its debut effort, there are lots of promising moments here, including the awkwardly pretty "Saturn Parkway," which lurches along in waltz time under a cloud of messily chiming guitars; the declamatory "Canon," which makes nifty use of distant background shouting à la Gang of Four; and the instrumental "It Keeps the Machine Running." Not bad at all.


Formed: Muncie, IN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Brazil began in Muncie, IN, around 2000, with a lineup that included brothers Nic and Jonathon Newby, Aaron Smith, Benjamin Hunt, Eric Johnson, and Scott Freeman. The sextet recorded a series of demos and began gigging whenever possible. Eventually their persistence paid off, and Brazil secured a deal with Fearless, who issued the Dasein EP in autumn 2002. Its ambitious mixture of post-hardcore freak-outs, experimental noise, and progressive piano movements didn't necessarily make a splash, but it...
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