Brainstory is a power trio hailing from the Inland Empire (I.E.) which pairs jazz, psychedelia, and soul to create a unique sound that is a vehicle for musical and spiritual expansion. The band consists of Martin brothers Kevin (guitar, vocals) and Tony (bass,vocals) with Eric Hagstrom on drums. All three were musically spawned from their fathers: Tony and Kevin grew up listening to their father sing the gospel every Sunday while Eric was raised on his own dad’s epic album collection. The three met and played locally as a jazz trio for years until 2014, the year they electrified and became Brainstory.
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It wasn’t long before their original works caught on with audiences beyond their beloved I.E. and broke fresh new ground in the Los Angeles area. The group found that audiences loved the fresh sound and intuitive improvisational aspects of their recordings and high-energy live shows. With their newest self-titled “mini-album” produced by Chicano Batman’s Eduardo Arenas, they forge a new path towards even more progressive and soulful sounds. The record is nuanced with accents of Shuggie Otis, The Beach Boys, and Herbie Hancock. They’ve shared the stage with Chicano Batman, Helado Negro, Mild High Club, La Luz, Sheila E. and many others. Currently Brainstory is embarking on a US tour in support of their self-titled “mini-album” released on May 5, 2017 and lives on as a force of funky soulful jazz that take the listener to a place of expansion, dance, liberation, and love.