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,
A request has been made to send all donation in Taylor's honor
Tim Taylor Memorial Fund
Citizens Federal Bank
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Acct.# 15001 20470