Brainiac Singer Killed In Crash After Band Rehearsal

Taylor (far right) apparently lost control of his Mercedes.

Tim Taylor, lead singer/guitarist for the Dayton, Ohio band

Brainiac, was killed early last Friday when he lost control of his new Mercedes

and slammed into a fire hydrant.

Scott Giampino, a spokesperson for the

Chicago-based Touch & Go label to which Brainiac were signed (although they

were reportedly in the midst of negotiations with a number of major labels),

told ATN that Taylor, who was in his mid-20's, was coming back from band

practice at about 3 a.m. when the accident occurred.

Taylor had stayed late

to work on a few songs, and apparently lost control of the vehicle, causing it

to careen into two telephone poles and a fire hydrant before it burst into

flames a few block from his home in Dayton. Taylor died instantly in the


Gaimpino said that Taylor had been having problems with the

accelerator on the vehicle, a 1977 Mercedes, which he recently purchased.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

The band, whose style is a

high-energy mix of punk and electronic noise, given voice by the spastic,

dynamic Taylor, recorded one full-length for Touch & Go, Hissing Prigs in

Static Couture (1996), and 2 EPs, the recently-released Electro-Shock

for President and 1995's Internationale.

Brainiac, formed in

Dayton in 1992, also released two full-lengths on Grass prior to their T&G

deal, as well as a number of independent singles. The group had just returned

from a stint opening for Beck in Europe; Brainiac's last U.S. show was in Grand

Rapids, Michigan, headlining a March show that also featured Giampino's band,

Cash Money.

A request has been made to send all donation in Taylor's honor


Tim Taylor Memorial Fund

Citizens Federal Bank

1 Citizens

Federal Ctr.

Dayton, Ohio 45402

Acct.# 15001 20470