DARK SIDE OF THE BRAIN is about the struggle between apathy and action as innocence gives way to self-awareness. On the cusp of (economic) (social) (cultural) (physical) (mental) oblivion, are states of comfort and discontent irreconcilable? As global monuments to imaginary systems crash down upon us, does anything sound more violent than your alarm clock each morning? Join the club: the rebel without a cause drinks from a fountain of youth while the rest of us guzzle high fructose death. We may think twice, but that's because we came up empty the first time. More important, what's on the tube tonight?
Enjoy this broadcast in the privacy of your own mind. Sit next to someone you don't know and offer them a slice of pizza. It's okay, there's an unlimited supply. It's a post-apocalyptic living room, and we're the nuclear family gathered around a garbage can fire.
Economic depression casts long shadows between the skyscrapers while we lose control of a system's abstract foundations -- "Easy Money!" As the model American family (John, 10 year old delinquent leader of a revolution; Sarah, mental hospital escapee mother; and the loving robot father figure, governor of California) barrels its station wagon down the highway in a twisted mockery of the summer road trip, BRAIN VACATION's robot vocalist outlines a desperate suburban exit strategy.
Indeed, Hollywood blockbusters and popular music represent an active retreat, a fantasy world. Do not fight the urge to escape. Embrace it, let it set you free. Discontent expressed through comfort; provocation through inaction. "Light-hearted" and "deadly serious" aren't separated by much in this town. These songs serve as a soundtrack to the anti-climax of existence. Void as content, content as void.
released 05 August 2009
Written, composed, performed & produced in Los Angeles, California
by Eric Baskauskas January - July 2009 A.D.
Instrumental performances, additional composition & production
by Kellen Yamanaka
Significant instrumental contributions from Adam Munns
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