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The Hairbrain Scheme


Members: Grant Parsons (vocals), Chris Nava (keyboards), Nate Harris (bass), and Bobby Halvorson (drums). Albums: Their debut album, You’re a Nation, is being released on the band’s own indie label Fank You Records. Prior Gigs: UCSB’s Extravaganza 2005 and the Hub, Menehune’s, Hard to Find Showspace, and SOhO. Influences: Queen, Frank Zappa, Devo, Mr. Bungle, Daft Punk, Sam Cooke, Peter Gabriel, The Unicorns, Bane, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Style: Self-described “spastic-dance-floor-with-carnival-noise rock.” The Skinny: Begun as something reminiscent of a bad Isla Vista joke, HS is fast-emerging as a creatively crazy, costume-wearing, genre-dissolving antidote to typical radio rock. Their six-song debut album ranges from heavy, guitar-thrusting fast jams and humorous, melodically key-laden, scream-enhanced odes, to uppity soon-to-be-pop hits and near-ballads. Is it time to start taking them seriously? “Definitely,” said Parsons, who works the graveyard shift at Devereux. “It started out as a conceptual thing, but then we kind of lost the concept and started focusing on writing the music.” One member even dropped out of college to pursue this scheme, so hopefully for him — and for the other three, two of whom are UCSB music majors — this isn’t so hairbrained after all. Next Gig: The CD release party is Friday, February 24, 8:30 p.m. at Zelo’s on State St. Opening will be Springtime Is Wartime and The Giant Squid Show.

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