Chicago rockers Brain Vacation answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire. Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye!
What makes your live show great?
For us, probably the part where we get drunk and play really loud music. For you, the fans, probably the part where you get drunk and hear really loud music. Seriously though, there's something to be said about the rawness and the spontaneity (mistakes) that can only come out in the live setting... er, come to think of it, our record has lots of mistakes too.
Describe your sound in five words or less.
Grandma won't understand, mom might.
Tell us something random about the band, and why that's significant.
The band started in California as an art/design project. I was working a soul-crushing day job as a graphic designer and needed an artistic outlet. With no musical talent to speak of, I invented a fake band, Brain Vacation, as an entity for presenting my writing and design. I made shirts and flyers and CD booklets, but no music (save for some ugly electronic experiments). When I moved to Chicago for grad school, a friend gave me a drum kit and I suppose the rest is (soon-to-be) history.
Who would you want to work with, and who would you never work with? Why?
I'd love to work with Chris Owens. He plays in a band called Lords and also runs a recording studio, Headbanging Kill Your Mama Music, in Louisville. All the records he produces sound completely bad-ass without any hint of the glossy studio sound that is the enemy of good punk rock. Angry music aside, he's a really friendly guy. I met him once after a Lords show -- they had played as a 2-piece -- and I asked him where their bassist was and he said "I punched him in the face."
I would NOT like to work with LeBron James, because punching is way more punk than choking.
If the band was a breakfast cereal, what would it be and why?
Quarry. Look it up on YouTube, kids.
What's the best album you've heard recently?
F-----d Up: "David Comes To Life" Ambition is cool.
What song do you never want to hear again?
There are so, so many. Doing away with just one would do me no good. But if music was a road map, I suppose we could start demolition at the Black Eyed Peas' house and work outward from there.
What is Chicago's best music venue and why?
The Empty Bottle. I love it there. It was the first place I saw a band (Pelican) when I moved to Chicago, and by some stroke of luck it was the first legitimate venue we played at after forming the band. The venue lived up to its name on that slow Tuesday night, but it was still up there on the list of coolest nights of my life.