Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Upcoming Shows and Other Fun News

Let's start with the news that's highest up on the fun scale. We put the final mixing stamp on our next album on Sunday evening over at Old Blackberry Way. We're pretty jazzed on how it's all turned out. The album doesn't have a name yet, but it's going to be our first LP, coming in at a mammoth 10-songs and 34ish minutes. Who even has time for an undertaking of such magnitude anymore? Hopefully you, I guess. Look for it on cassette and digital later this year.

We're also playing some shows. That's also fun news. Here's the current slate:

Wednesday, July 29
Turf Club, Saint Paul, MN w/ Ringo Deathstarr and VATS. 8:00pm, 21+, $8/$10. More info.

Saturday, August 15
Kitty Cat Klub, Minneapolis, MN w/ Ego Death (Tape Release), Fury Things, Strange Relations. 9:00pm, 21+, $5. More info.

Saturday, August 29
KURT FEST '15, Eveleth, MN w/ Nallo, VATS, Wolf Blood, Social Disaster, Portrait of a Drowned Man, The Horror, and like a bunch more. More info this way.

Stay tuned for a big announcement about dates in October, coming hopefully soon. In the meantime, check out our split EP with Fury Things over at the BandCamp.

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

Split EP (2015)

"Where Do You Want" (2013)

Press Photos:


Split EP w/ Fury Things (2015 Guilt Ridden Pop)
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 together since 2011, 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), Brilliant Beast crafts pop music submerged in heavy doses of shoegaze, punk, and fuzz pop. Drawing from influences from Ride to Rites of Spring, Brilliant Beast's songs are full of angular guitars, washy melodies, droning bass lines and cavernous vocals. Their debut EP "Where Do You Want" was released in 2013 on Guilt Ridden Pop (Kitten Forever, IS/IS, Brief Candles), and in 2015 the band released a Split EP with Fury Things. Brilliant Beast's tracks on "Split EP" are "No Fate," a blistering chainsaw of early 90s shoegaze reminiscent of Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo, and a cover of Talking Heads' "Heaven," turned on its head, re-imagined into a slow, sludgy dirge full of spiraling guitars.

More information can be found at www.thebrilliantbeast.com, www.facebook.com/brilliantbeast, and www.brilliantbeast.bandcamp.com

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

Press/Booking/General Inquiries – brilliantbeastband@gmail.com

“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: http://www.citypages.com/2013-11-06/music/the-inspired-evolution-of-brilliant-beast/

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 - www.brilliant-beast.bandcamp.com - and our SoundCloud - www.soundcloud.com/brilliant-beast