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+

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sound Cloud | Recording | Birthday Parties

If you haven't heard, we'll be heading in to the studio next week to begin recording our new EP. We'll be laying down tracks at The Old Blackberry Way with local super-producer Neil Weir (Pony Trash, Chambermaids), and to give you a taste we've put up a demo of a new track on our brand new Sound Cloud page:

Nepotism Shakes (demo)

We'll also be playing at the Kitty Cat Klub on Monday June 17th with BFFs Panther Ray and Strange Relations. It's Hannah's birthday party and also our tour kick-off with Panther Ray. It's free, so you should be there:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

New shirts are in!

Our brand new shirts have been printed up courtesy of the nice people over at Afternoon Printing in Minneapolis. These shirts have a semi-sparkly mustard/gold ink angry baboon and are the coolest item in your future closet.

You can purchase one of these gems at a show or online through our bandcamp site ( All sizes are available online, and if you order through bandcamp you will receive a free download of our 2012 EP Neighbors. Orders will be shipped via USPS within a handful of days of your order.

I can already see how ridiculously good-looking you are all going to be!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Summer Shows Added

Summer's right around the corner, which means it's about time you start spending your long summer nights inside small dark venues with us and our friends. Shows are starting to roll in, and here's where we're at so far:

Wednesday, May 8th @ 331 Club, Minneapolis, MN
With: Cheryl, Darkside's Winning
Free, 21+, 9:00PM

Sunday, May 19th @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul, MN
With: The Persian Leaps, The Farewell Circuit
Free, 21+,

Monday, June 17th @ Kitty Cat Klub, Minneapolis, MN
Hannah's Birthday Bash & Tour Kick-Off Party
With: Panther Ray, Strange Relations
$5, 21+, 9:00PM

Friday, June 21st @ TBA, Winona, MN
With: Panther Ray

Saturday, June 22nd @ Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
With: Panther Ray, No Good Deed
$10, 21+, 8:00PM

Sunday, June 23rd @ TBA, Madison, WI
With: Panther Ray

We will have new shirts available at all of these shows, along with a limited number of the remaining "Neighbors" cassettes from Cakes and Tapes Records (as well as a few custom tape players!). See you in the sweat.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

December Shows Added

We here at Brilliant Beast HQ are pleased as the spiked punch at a high school Sadie Hawkins dance to let you know that A) Jordan has a working throat and vocal cords, and B) we're going to show them off to you this coming December with a couple shows that look to be the musical equivalent to the stuffing in your Thanksgiving turkey (you know, soaked in broiled animal fats).

First up is Friday, December 14th, at Big V's in Saint Paul (Snelling & University). We'll be headlining a night of indie rock acts, so be sure to stock up on your PBR tallboys so the carpeted walls can be properly soaked. It's a 21+ show with a $5 cover, the music starts at 10 PM. We'll be joined on the loudest stage in the Twin Cities by these fine folks:

The Mad Rounds (f/k/a the Calcified Kids)
Persian Leaps
She Burns Forever (f/k/a Sontaran Experiment)

And then here comes the biggie, the fresh cut of red meat, the cranberry sauce from the can, the ultimate belt-loosener....

Friday, December 28th, we'll be helping Jordan celebrate his 26th birthday in style at Hell's Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis (80 S 9th Street). This party's going to be like Footloose and Flash Dance rolled into a tortilla and deep fried -- a Chimi-cha-cha-changa! We're plunking ourselves in the middle of a rock 'n roll sandwich with some reggae bread. Here's the lineup:

The Prizefighters (featuring Eric and Jordan)
France Camp
The Brilliant Beast
The Dropsteppers

It's a 21+ show, 10 PM doors, and a $5 cover. There are some great drink deals going on, and we'll have a contest to see who can buy Jordan the most $4 Summit Winter Ales. We'll bombard you with more information coming soon about this can't-miss danceathon as the day grows nearer.

We've been working on a whole lotta new songs, so please come on out and hear what we've been cooking up! anyone else really hungry right now?.......

Sunday, August 5, 2012

7th Street Entry Show, 8/15

We're super excited to be making our downtown danceteria debut coming up on Wednesday, August 15th as we'll be bringing the thunder to the cozy confines of the 7th Street Entry. The doors open at 7:00 PM and we hit the stage first at 8:00. We'll be followed by Portage and Cjell Cruze. It's $5 to enter and you gotta pass the 18+ test first.

We'll still have plenty of cassette tapes at the show, and we still have customized Brilliant Beast tape players for you to shake your wallet at. Click here some more info on the show.