Brendan Reed

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Brendan Reed
Brendan Reed
Background information
Birth name Brendan Reed
Also known as Van Calhoun, Flood Reed, Brains Brogan
Born Williamsburg, Virginia, US
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation(s) Musician, film-maker, artist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums, bass guitar, synthesizer
Labels Constellation, Alien 8, Merge, Villa Villa Nola Records, Escalator Records
Associated acts Uneducate Evil, Evil Colossal, Clues, Arcade Fire, Les Angles Morts, Think About Life, Let Lowns, The Buttons, The Spartans, Nocarsgo

Brendan Reed is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, artist, and film-maker from Williamsburg, Virginia known for his short films, recordings, compositions, and performances with numerous bands from Montréal, Canada and Williamsburg, Virginia.


Uneducate Evil released three EPs (featuring six songs each). Each of these EP's were officially untitled but were informally listed and referenced according to the date they were recorded: 6/11/97, 7/3/97, and 9/16/97. All three EPs were compiled onto CD by Villa Villa Nola in 2000 in a release called Secret Trail. Uneducate Evil often performed at local benefits and shows organized by the small community of young musicians sharing recording gear, live sound equipment, and the all-ages performance space at The Shed. The band coordinated and staged numerous all-ages events in Williamsburg and surrounding small towns. Artist and guitarist Quinn Taylor joined the band in 1998 and drummer Greg Will replaced Jacques Hagee when he left the band in 1997. Uneducate Evil rarely performed outside of Virginia but was invited to perform at Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Oberlin, Ohio) in May and July 1996.[1]

The Spartans(1997–1999) consisted of Reed on drums and vocals, Lauginiger on bass guitar and vocals, and Quinn Taylor on guitar and vocals. The group often performed as The Spartans (Volcano River). The band made numerous live recordings and self-released one record (Volcano River in 1998). They rarely performed outside of Virginia but were invited to play at the Rhode Island School of Design with Smart Went Crazy and Faraquet on May 1, 1998.[2]

In 2002 Reed founded Les Angles Morts with Myles Broscoe, Owain Lawson, and Kyle Fostner, an instrumental group that composed and performed scores for short videos created by the band members. The band released one album, entitled What's Real? (2005) on Blue Skies Turn Black Records, and numerous untitled 3" mini CDs. The band toured the eastern United States, Quebec, and Ontario. Two of Les Angles Morts' US tours featured The Creeping Nobodies from Toronto, Ontario as supporting act. Les Angles Morts also toured with Japanther, Explosions in the Sky, Need New Body, and Black Eyes.[3] The band disbanded in 2005. Reed briefly recorded and performed with Kyle Fostner under the name Secrets of Mana in 2007.[4]

In 2002 Reed founded Let Lowns with guitarist Victoria Morrison. The band also included Canadian writer Jeff Miller on bass and backing vocals (2002) and bassist Mackenzie Ogilvy.[5] Let Lowns self released one album (later released by Villa Villa Nola) called Humbilical Horde (2004).[6] Personal stories about Reed are featured in Jeff Miller's book, Ghost Pine and the Wolf issue of the Ghost Pine Zine.[7]

In 2007 Reed played bass guitar, guitar, and drums in Think About Life. He wrote the lyrics and sang lead vocals on Bastian and The Boar.[8]



  • WMOK (2000)
  • Black Lion Horror Cave (2002)
  • Search for Nazi Gold (2003)
  • How Where the Redfern Grows Was Ruined for Ry Russo Young (2005)
  • Forever Cuts (2006)
  • Finish Hymn (2006)
  • Cobra (A Choir with No Voice) (2008)
  • Gorge On! Sugarcube (2010)
  • Hat Contest (2010)
  • Pulpit (2010)
  • Once Touching Now (2011)

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