Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Video Premiere: NO FATE

Today we premiere this slick little video off of the Split EP w/ Fury Things.

Release show 2/25/15 at the Turf Club in Saint Paul.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Our next release is coming out Wednesday, February 25th. It's a split EP with Fury Things. It's called "Split EP." Get the picture? Two tracks from each band. A whole shitload of guitars. It's really good.

It will be released for free online and we'll have some CDs available for limited purchase (like for whatever's in your pockets). Here's what's on it:

Fury Things
1. Some Things
2. Summer Bummer
Brilliant Beast
3. No Fate
4. Heaven (Talking Heads)

There's a super legit release show happening on the 25th at the Turf Club. Fury Things, Brilliant Beast, and Catbath. $5. 21+. Be there.

Watch out for the music video for "No Fate" to drop later this week. Too hot to handle, man. Too hot.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tour EP now available

Before we embarked on tour this summer, we made a four song cassette with Dan Reis from Panther Ray. Limited to 40 copies, we came back with 8 tapes left. They're for sale over at the Band Camp page, so head over to pick up a copy for your '93 Corolla.

Also, keep your ears open for a new single to be released early in 2015, more exciting news about that jazz to follow!

Monday, June 23, 2014


We're hitting the road across the Midwest this summer, make sure to try and catch us when we roll through your town!

Saturday, July 19th - Minneapolis, MN: @ Cause w/ Fury Things, Waveless, Teenage Strangler
Thursday, July 24th - Madison, WI: @ The Frequency w/ Lover's Spit, Heavy Looks
Friday, July 25th - Milwaukee, WI: @ The Impala Cocktail Lounge w/ Fahri
Saturday, July 26th - Kalamazoo, MI @ Louie's Trophy House w/ Glowfriends
Sunday, July 27th - TBA
Tuesday, July 29th - St. Louis, MO @ Foam w/ Fumer, Shark Dad
Wednesday, July 30th - Lincoln, NE @ Duffy's Tavern w/ See Through Dresses, Sun Day
Thursday, July 31st - Omaha, NE @ O'Leaver's w/ Post Verse
Friday, August 1st - Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox QC w/ The Post Mortems

Poster designed by Paige Guggemos for Lazy Geometry


Brilliant Beast

Hannah Porter - Vocals, Guitar
Jordan Porter - Vocals, Guitar
Mark Kartarik - Bass
Eric Whalen - Drums

From "Where Do You Want"
Nepotism Shakes
A Child on Fire

Press Photos:
Hi-res promo photo (B/W) (credit: Mark N Kartarik)
Hi-res promo photo (credit: Radio K)
Hi-res promo photo (credit: UnderCurrentMPLS)


Where Do You Want (2013 Guilt Ridden Pop)
Neighbors EP (2011; self-released / 2012; Cakes and Tapes)

Brilliant Beast is a loud band from Minneapolis. Playing in their current formation since 2011, Brilliant Beast released their third album, Where Do You Want, in November 2013 on Guilt Ridden Pop. Led by sibling dual-vocalists Hannah (vocals, guitar) and Jordan Porter (vocals, guitar) and anchored by the breakneck rhythm section of Mark Kartarik (bass) and Eric Whalen (drums), Where Do You Want finds the band expanding their sonic web, picking up elements of fuzzed out power-pop, shoegaze, and punk rock to create a 7-track buzz saw of an album.

Recorded in early June of 2013 at The Old Blackberry Way by Neil Weir, Where Do You Want is Brilliant Beast’s first full studio release, following up 2011’s EP Neighbors (released on cassette by Cakes and Tapes in 2012).

More information can be found at,,

RIYL: Yuck, Yo La Tengo, Ringo Deathstarr, Jawbreaker

“Bands like Brilliant Beast don’t often get the mainstream attention they deserve. There’s a great appeal to how they and their fuzz-pop contemporaries fuse dirge-y, echoey guitars with soft, appealing melodies. Their debut, seven-tracker Where Do You Want, is a brilliant showcase of how dynamic and gorgeous the genre can be…Brilliant Beast have produced here a tight album with no filler whatsoever. A definitive guide to fuzz-pop -definitely worth your attention.”
Forge Today, 9 out of 10
“Between smartly employed waves of distortion, ripping punk chords, and shifting male-female lead vocals, there’s a little something in each song that’ll stoke the serotonin levels like side one of Electr-O-Pura. It doesn’t take long for this addictive little record—at seven songs, more like a mini-LP—to set in.”
- Pop ‘Stache, 4 out of 5
“There’s an old school pop-punk sensibility, to sing irreverent and feverous lyrics at a strong-willed, bullheaded pace, but then there’s the musical decency to add shoegaze and dream-pop to the mix. WHAT!? Are bands allowed to do that?... I don’t know what to make of this album, but I do know that it’s fucking great, and it’s fucking original.”
- SoundlySounds

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Mid Residency's Update

We just completed the first two nights of our January residency at Cause Spirits and Sound Bar, playing some ripping shows with the likes of Strange Relations, Fury Things, Bear, and Falcon Arrow. You still have two more Wednesdays to come out and catch a free show, starting with January 22nd featuring us and the mysterious C.Kostra and the dreampop of Almitra. It'll all close down on January 29th with the debut performance from garage rockers Hot Cellars and the AM Radio vibes of Ruben.

We'll have more show announcements soon about upcoming gigs in February through April, hopefully with some out of town dates popping up.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

City Pages Interview

In advance of our record release show happening on Friday, we sat down with Youa Yang from City Pages to dish the deets on our new record and sound. Go pick up a copy (on news stands 11/6 - 11/12) or check it out online:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Where Do You Want" Pre-Sale and "A Child on Fire" Music Video

Our new record Where Do You Want is available for pre-order over at our Bandcamp page. It's going to be released on Friday, November 8th on the fantastic Guilt Ridden Pop label. If you pre-order the album, you'll get the download immediately, too. Big deals, man. Big Deals.

We've also just released the official music video for the lead single from Where Do You Want, "A Child on Fire." It was directed by Mark N. Kartarik and shot at Cobweb City. It was a blast, watch it OK?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New Single "A Child on Fire / Nepotism Shakes" out 8-12-13!

On Monday, August 12, we will be officially releasing the debut single from our upcoming record Where Do You Want. We're super excited to get two of the tracks from the record out into the world, and we hope you dig them well. The lead single is "A Child on Fire" and the B-side is "Nepotism Shakes."

These songs (along with the rest of the record) were recorded and mixed at Old Blackberry Way by Neil Weir and mastered at Magneto Mastering by David Gardner. They both did fantastic jobs doing what they do, so give them a high five if you run into them.

The single will be available for stream and download on our Bandcamp - - and our SoundCloud -

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Recording Finished | New Summer Shows

The big news at Beast HQ is that we finished up the mixing process for the new record with Neil Weir at Old Blackberry Way. We're super excited to get the album on the way to mastering, and then it's just a matter of time before it finds its way to your ears. Working with Neil was an absolute delight, everything from his sonic knowledge to tangents involving Roger McGuin and Ronnie Spector, the man is on point and does not fuck around when it comes to making solid sounding records. We have 7 songs to fit in that gray area between EP and LP, so let's just call it a P or something, ok?

If you want to hear these new songs mixed in with the hits of yesterday, we've added two more shows in the next two months. We're also working on some more out of town gigs with Panther Ray, so stay tuned for those.

Friday, July 19th @ Honey (205 E Hennepin)
w/ BEAR - 7" release show
Doors at 7pm (we play at 8), $5 21+ YEAH IT'S A SUPER EARLY SHOW SO WHAT

Thursday, August 8th @ 331 Club (331 University NE)
w/ Bad Bad Hats & Months of Indecision
Doors at 9pm, FREE 21+