Seabrook, Brandon

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Brandon SeabrookPrimary Scene: Brooklyn/New York

“Named “NYC’s Best Guitarist of 2012” by the Village Voice, his work has been profiled by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Fret Board Journal, Brooklyn Vegan, New York Times and the UK avant-music magazine, Wire.

Seabrook’s work typically reflects the energy, and hardworking ethos of the creative rock underground, bridging the realms of extreme rock and the classical avant-garde. Brandon’s work treads a broad swath through contemporary underground music, dealing in everything from avant-jazz with Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host, MOPDTK and collaborations with Anthony Braxton and Elliott Sharp.

Recognized by the New York Times as “a man apparently hellbent on earning the title of World’s Least Rustic Banjo Player.” Seabrook’s aggressive punk appropriation of the four-stringed banjo, and profusion of blisteringly articulate technique on guitar, have found a home in DIY and experimental concert halls alike, as well as within the catalogs of vanguard record labels like Cuneiform, Tzadik, Northern Spy, and Firehouse 12.

His own vehicle, Seabrook Power Plant, have released two self-titled albums, Seabrook Power Plant I and Seabrook Power Plant II, on Brooklyn’s Loyal Label. On June 24, 2014 New Atlantis Records released his solo guitar/banjo debut, Sylphid Vitalizers, which SPIN called “heroic, chords-and-notes maelstrom that singularly marries trance-metal with the skronk of no wave”