Brainpool (band)

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Brainpool
Origin Sweden
Genres Pop, Rock
Years active 1993–present
Members David Birde
Christoffer Lundquist
Jens Jansson
Past members Jan "Janne" Kask

Brainpool is a pop music group from Lund, Sweden. The band was most popular in the mid-1990s, mostly in the Swedish indie-pop scene together with other bands like Eggstone or Beagle.

History[edit]

This Swedish band was formed in Lund, Scania, and the original members were vocalist Jan "Janne" Kask, guitarist David Birde, bassist Christoffer Lundquist, and drummer Jens Jansson. The band signed to Per Gessle's music publishing company Jimmy Fun Music and released three albums: Soda (1994; Swedish Grammy as New Band), Painkiller (1995) and Stay Free (1996). They took part as support act during the European Crash! Boom! Bang! Tour by Roxette in 1994.

Janne Kask left the band in 1997 to pursue a solo career. For a while the other band members were looking for a new lead singer, but soon gave up. "It didn't take long for us to realize that it would be impossible to let another person join", David Birde explained in an interview to The Daily Roxette. "It would have to be the three of us, or split up. At first we thought about changing our name, but that turned out to be difficult - Sony Music had already paid for the recording of You Are Here and they wanted us to keep the name. We had to choose between ditching the recordings and lose our record deal or go on calling ourselves Brainpool. We cowardly chose the latter."

The band not only decided to stay together after Kask left, but they decided to change their style and their music. "We realized our audience was getting younger. 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. It was time for their music to reach the level of maturity that they were at.

You Are Here was released in 1999. After this release, the band worked for 4 years on a rock opera which was finally released in 2004 with the name Junk and with the topic of anti-consumerism. The premiere was in Malmö on August 19, 2004 where the band was backed up by Malmö Symphony Orchestra. The album was published by the band's own publishing company Junk Musik which releases singles only on the Internet.

In 2005, Brainpool released the compilation We Aimed To Please. The album only contains songs from 1992 to 1997 when Janne Kask was still in the band. There are no songs from You Are Here or Junk.

In May 2007 Brainpool's Junk: A Rock Opera premiered in Los Angeles to rave reviews and packed houses. It sold out 36 shows, and, in the beginning of 2009, was performed as a staged reading off-Broadway in New York City. The band and manager Justin Winokur are planning a Swedish tour of the opera, hopefully to be followed by a North American tour.

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Soda (1994)
  • Painkiller (1995)
  • Stay Free (1996)
  • You Are Here (1999)
  • Junk (2004)
  • We Aimed To Please - Best Of Brainpool, Vol. 1 (2005)

Singles[edit]

  • At School / Popstar (1993)
  • Every Day (1994)
  • Girl Lost (1994)
  • In The Countryside (1994)
  • That's My Charm (1994)
  • Bandstarter (1995)
  • We Aim To Please (1995)
  • Tomorrow (1995)
  • Sister C'mon (1996)
  • In A Box (1996)
  • My Sweet Lord (She's So Fine) (1997)
  • You Are Here (1999)
  • Live Transmission (1999)
  • Junk (2004)
  • Metro Jets Premier Concert (2005)
  • A Different Life (2005)