Cincinnati Musicians Kate Wakefield and Steve Schmoll Join Dayton Music Legends Brainiac for Reunion Show Timed to Ohio Documentary Premiere

The live performance at Dayton’s Brightside comes the day after 'Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero' screens at Neon Movies on April 19.

Cincinnati musicians Kate Wakefield (a solo singer/songwriter/cellist and also one half of the duo Lung) and Steve Schmoll (formerly of local bands like Lazy and The Tigerlilies and founder of the local Black Plastic record shops) will appear as guest vocalists when the surviving members of revolutionary Dayton, Ohio band Brainiac reunite for a show on April 20.

Brainiac’s Juan Monasterio, Tyler Trent and John Schmersal previously performed together in New York and Dayton at guest-laden live shows in 2017. The Brooklyn concert featured appearances by Schmoll and former Cincinnatian Peter Aaron of Chrome Cranks, plus members of Girls Against Boys, The Wrens and The Dismemberment Plan, original Brainiac guitarist Michelle Bodine and many others. Wakefield was among the guest singers at the Dayton show a few days later. The Brainiac musicians had previously played together in 2014 (under the name We'll Eat Anything) for a special show that raised money for the Izzy Frederick Education Fund, in honor of Izzy's father, late Dayton musician Jeremy Frederick. The 2017 event also raised money for the fund.

The Brainiac performances over the past couple of years have been related to the documentary film project Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero. Transmissions tells the story of a band that became a cutting-edge Indie Rock sensation and was on the brink of wider major-label exposure when its brilliant and mesmerizing frontperson, Tim Taylor, died in a car accident in 1997.

After a crowd-funding campaign that was boosted by Trent Reznor and Mark Hamill’s social media support, Transmissions After Zero (which includes interviews with peers and fans like Steve Albini, Melissa Auf der Maur, Fred Armisen, The National's Matt Berninger, Wayne Coyne, Jim O’Rourke, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and many others) premiered recently at South By Southwest in Texas. It will screen this week at the Cleveland International Film Festival, then in New York on April 11.

Directed by filmmaker Eric Mahoney (a former Dayton musician who’s now based in Brooklyn), Transmissions After Zero premieres in Dayton on April 19 at Neon Movies (the screenings are all sold out). The following night is the hometown concert with Schmoll and Wakefield, which takes place at Dayton’s The Brightside Music & Event Venue. Wakefield’s Lung (which also features drummer Daisy Caplan) opens the all-ages show at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the live show are still available here for $20. (UPDATE: The show is sold out.)

For the latest updates on Transmissions After Zero, follow along on Facebook here.

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