Two weeks. That’s all BRAHMS had to come up with a support slot set for a sold-out Passion Pit show at Terminal 5. Never mind the fact that the Brooklyn-based trio officially formed a month prior, when rehearsals for Cale Parks’ solo project turned into another band entirely—one that was destined to soundtrack dimly-lit dance floors and bad decisions that seem oh-so-right.
“We had no idea what was gonna happen at the Passion Pit show,” says Parks, the band’s beat conductor and singer. “We just did it.”
And they haven’t looked back since, as guitarist/singer/synth-slinger Drew Robinson and bassist/cleanup keyboardist/singer Eric Lodwick joined Parks in the pursuit of the perfect pop song. With a twist or two, of course, whether we’re talking about the stuttering loops of “Subtext Is Deadly,” the sly New Order sample of “Toward the Ghost,” or the clanging chords of “Another Time.” (All of which are available as part of a self-produced demo at www.brahmsband.com) And then there are the songs that’ll eventually end up on BRAHMS debut LP. Believe it or not, they incorporate everything from manic piano house melodies to speaker-crushing dubstep loops.