It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it is a BRAINIAC BOOK!

Greetings everyone!

Available from new imprint J-Card Press, a book all about Brainiac by writer Justin Vellucci. Brainiac is proud to be the first music biography in the series of this publisher.. you can pre-order the book now and it will be available May 16, 2024.

A deep dive into the history and music of Dayton, Ohio’s Brainiac, the nineties group who perfected a combination of punk’s buzzsaw attack and New Wave’s angularities. Includes interviews with family members and all current and former band members.” – J-Card Press

Spring Tour 2024!

Brainiac is hitting the road again this spring! This time we’re bringing along the amazing Exit Angles from Wheeling, West Virginia! Some fabulous local bands are also joining us in select cities. We will be performing at the Caterwaul Music Festival in Minneapolis on May 27th as well! See you there!

Hearts and bones were broken across the south! We’d like to thank Lung for killing it every night. A very special thank you Good Records in Dallas Texas for putting together a magnificent event with old Grass Records label mates Baboon! Check out a review of the show from the Dallas Observer.

Brainiac plays the Minneapolis Caterwaul Music Festival on Monday May 27th 2024, plus much more up our sleeve TBA! We’ll see you soon!

SMACK BUNNY BABY Vinyl Re-issue!

Smack Bunny Baby is 30! 🎂

We’re bringing the birthday baby back with a vinyl re-issue!

On December 1st, 2023, Craft Music is re-issuing Brainiac’s debut album! It will be available on green vinyl, as well as a limited edition pressing on violet vinyl which is only available through your local record store!

See you in February!

BRAINIAC Southern Tour 2024!

Hey there, Brainiac fans!

We’re thrilled to announce the upcoming BRAINIAC Southern Tour 2024! This time, we’re heading south to warm up some chilly February nights! Join us in Birmingham, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Memphis!

Check out the EVENTS page for ticket links and more details.

See you there! 🎶🔥

A couple of Brainiacs performing at Blind Bob’s!

John Schmersal, Tender Mercy, and Halicon (feat. Tim Krug) will be performing on Tuesday May 30th at Blind Bob’s in Dayton!

Tender Mercy: https://tendermercy.bandcamp.com/
Louisville’s Mark Kramer (aka Tender Mercy) crafts softly dramatic experimental folk ballads that analyze the hypnotic ability of sound.
-Zach Hart/We Listen For You

Halicon: https://halicon.bandcamp.com/
I like to make sounds about contrast. Atmospheric and melodic, but sometimes aggressively harsh and obtuse.

Blind Bob’s: https://blindbobs.com/

New Show Announcement!

On June 1st, 2023, Brainiac will be performing at the Empty Bottle with Cincinnati’s LUNG and Matt Espy.

We will be celebrating Matt’s new release on Drag City, Hawksorth, on what is sure to be a very special evening of music.

New merch available for

Back by popular demand, we are making the UK & US tour shirts and totes available for preorder for those who could not attend our shows. Thank you for your support! Click here!


The Brainiac 2023 tour has come to a close. Thanks to everyone that came out in support and those that helped make the shows a reality.

NEWS FLASH! Due to higher demand than anticipated we will soon be making select band merchandise available here on the site soon. In the meantime, check out these great articles on the U.S. Brainiac shows.

Check back soon for merch news and more photos from the 2023 shows!
Thank you for your cooperation.


January 25, 2023

The Big Takeover interviews John Schmersal

John talks some shop with Chip Midnight at Big Takeover Magazine

January 23, 2023

Brainiac in The Guardian

Brainiac with Stevie at The Guardian about a little bit of this. A little bit of that.

Study up, there will be a quiz every night of tour. Check it out!

December 22, 2022

Brainiac list their favorite albums of 2022!

Listen to anything good this year? Want to? Check out the article at The Brooklyn Vegan.

November 24, 2022



November 23, 2022

John on protonicreversal.com

John recently sat down for a chat with Conan of Conan Neutron’s Protonic Reversal. Check it out for some insight into our history, the upcoming ep, and what to expect from next years shows. Listen Here

November 22, 2022

KEG to open @ MOTH

The band KEG will be support for Brainiac's show at the MOTH CLUB in London next February. There are still tickets available, going to be killer!

Band Photo:Martyn Goodacre
Tim Taylor, Photo:Martyn Goodacre