Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Our new album Dissolve is now available on cassette tape and digital download! We're so happy with how this record came out, and we hope you dig it, too. It is available over at the BandCamp and also around the Twin Cities area in all the coolest record stores. Thanks!

Click the album cover to buy!

Brilliant Beast ::: Dissolve (2015)

1. Adult Sun
2. Like Dreaming
3. Fleece
4. Stockholm 10
5. Tracer

6. No Fate
7. Absentee
8. Favorite House
9. Hungrier Skin
10. Do You Think You Could Love Me Forever

Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Single: "Like Dreaming" --- "Dissolve" LP out 11.6.15! --- October Tour Dates!

We here at Beast HQ are supremely stoked to let you know that our next record (our debut LP, to be exact) will be coming out on November 6th, 2015. It's called Dissolve and it's 10 tracks of loud, dark gazey goodness. We'll be putting it out on cassette and digital formats. We're throwing a release party on Saturday, November 7th at the Kitty Cat Klub, we'll have more details on that in the near future.

In the meantime, you've already heard/seen the first single, "No Fate," and now we have released the second single from Dissolve, "Like Dreaming." Check out the video below and download the track from SoundCloud.

And if you hadn't heard yet, our Fall Tour with The Cult of Lip starts next week here in Minneapolis. Here are the tour dates, if you're out there, we'd love to see you. Have fun, save the pollenaters!

Thursday, October 8 - Minneapolis, MN - Kitty Cat Klub w/ Brief Candles and Neiv
Friday, October 9 - Milwaukee, WI - Lucky Cat w/ Heat Death
Saturday, October 10 - Kalamazoo, MI - Louie's Trophy House: Kalamashoegazer 9 w/ Airiel, Neiv, Brief Candles, Glowfriends, Treatment, Star Tropics
Sunday, October 11 - Rock Island, IL - Rozz-Tox w/ Gosh! and Cheat Codes
Monday, October 12 - St. Louis, MO - FOAM w/ Brainstems
Wednesday, October 14 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas w/ TBA
Thursday, October 15 - Fort Worth, TX - 1912 Club Hemphill w/ Clear Acid and Squanto
Friday, October 16 - Kansas City, MO - Blind Tiger w/ TBA
Saturday, October 17 - Omaha, NE - O'Leavers w/ Eklectica
Sunday, October 18 - Madison, WI - TBA w/ TBA

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


Brilliant Beast's debut LP Dissolve rockets beyond the sonic landscape sketched out on their debut EP Where Do You Want (2013, Guilt Ridden Pop), leaving a tight collection of songs steeped in shoegaze and heavy fuzz. The ten songs comprising Dissolve find the band crafting darker, heavier, menacing tones to encompass the skeletons of the dual-vocal pop compositions of sister/brother duo Hannah and Jordan Porter. Anchored by bassist Mark Kartarik and drummer Eric Whalen, the songs on Dissolve speed along with kraut-like precision, mixing rumbling drone with crashing reverb and jagged riffs. From the blistering chainsaw attack of lead single “No Fate” to the Jekyll and Hyde buoyancy of “Favorite House,” Dissolve captures the spirit of shoegaze progenitors such as Ride and Jesus and Mary Chain while injecting their own spit-shine on the genre.

Dissolve was recorded over three late spring days in Minneapolis at The Old Blackberry Way with Neil Weir engineering and mixing the record, and was mastered at Magneto Mastering by Bruce Templeton. Dissolve will be released Friday, November 6, on limited edition cassette and digital.

More information can be found at and

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


Press Photos:


Dissolve (2015)
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)


“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.”

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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: