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Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Indie rock, jazz
Years active 2008–present
Labels Unfamiliar Records (Canada)
Members Bryan Davies (trumpet)
Edo Van Breemen (piano, vocals)
Brennan Saul (drums)
John Walsh (bass)
Tariq Hussain (guitar)
Sam Davidson (clarinet)

Brasstronaut is a band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with roots in pop, rock, and jazz. They were formed in 2007. Their current line-up consists of Bryan Davies on trumpet, Edo Van Breemen on piano and vocals, Sam Davidson on clarinet and EWI, Tariq Hussain on lap steel & electric guitar, Brennan Saul on drums and John Walsh on bass.

Member Edo Van Breemen is also noted to have composed the "Sprott Shaw Community College" jingle.



  • 2012 — Mean Sun (Unfamiliar Records)


  • 2008 – Old World Lies (Unfamiliar Records)
  • 2011 – Opportunity (Digital Kunstrasen)

Old World Lies[edit]

Their first release, the EP Old World Lies, was released in 2008[2] on Unfamiliar Records (Japandroids, The Paper Cranes, The Flowers of Hell, Snailhouse, rattail) and received a positive press and blog response.[3][4][5][6][7] It was accompanied by a video for the song "Requiem for a Scene".[8] On October 20, 2010, Brasstronaut performed a rare version of Old World Lies on a balcony in London for the viral music show BalconyTV.[9]

Mount Chimaera[edit]

The band spent early 2009 in Banff, Alberta recording their full-length debut as part of a Winter Music Creative Residency at the Banff Centre. After postponing the release date of September 23, they revamped and re-recorded some of the songs in private studios in Vancouver and finally released Mount Chimaera on March 2, 2010.[10][11] Previous artists to be offered Banff Centre residencies include Bell Orchestre.


Polaris Prize[edit]

Mount Chimaera was longlisted for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize.[12]

ECHO Songwriting Prize[edit]

"Hearts Trompet" from Mount Chimaera won the SOCAN ECHO Songwriting Prize in 2010.[13]


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  2. ^ Brasstronaut's Old World Lies. CHARTattack (August 26, 2008). Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Reviews:: Brasstronaut Old World Lies. Herohill (September 19, 2008). Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Brasstronaut. Stranded in Stereo. Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  6. ^ 2008 in Review: My Favourite EPs of the Year. Wolves, Hawks and Kites. Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ Brasstronaut – Requiem for a Scene on Vimeo. Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  9. ^ [3][dead link]
  10. ^ Brasstronaut: The New World :: Music. VUE Weekly (February 25, 2009). Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  11. ^ [4][dead link]
  12. ^ This page is available to GlobePlus subscribers. Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  13. ^ ECHOWinner2010. Retrieved on October 20, 2011.

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