Brainville (band)

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Genres Canterbury sound
Years active 1998–2006
Labels Shimmy Disc
Associated acts Soft Machine
Members Chris Cutler
Daevid Allen
Past members Pip Pyle
Hugh Hopper

Brainville is an English avant-garde supergroup based around Hugh Hopper (bass) and Daevid Allen (guitar) – both formerly in Soft Machine.[1][2]

The band started as a quartet with Pip Pyle (drums) and Kramer (keyboards, producer). They performed two concerts in one evening at NYC's Knitting Factory in 1998, and days later went into Kramer's Noise New Jersey studio and recorded The Children's Crusade, released the following year on Kramer's Shimmy-Disc label.[1][2] Reduced to a trio, Brainville: Live in the UK, released as by "Daevid Allen with Hugh Hopper and Pip Pyle", came out in 2004.

The band, Allen, Hopper and Chris Cutler (drums) operating as the Brainville 3, played shows in 2005-2008.[1] They released a live album, Trial by Headline in 2008.[3]

This line-up played at the Canterbury Festival in October, 2006.


Brainville 3


  1. ^ a b c "Hugh Hopper". The Canterbury Website. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  2. ^ a b Powers, Jim. "Brainville". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  3. ^ Couture, François. "Trial by Headline". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 

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