Brainiac was one of the most fascinating bands of the nineties, a band that, sooner or later, will experience some popularity due to some serious name-dropping, of course, tragically, there won't ever be another record like "Hissing Prigs" or any of the other Brainiac albums, due to Tim Taylor's tragic end, but at least we have Enon to continue flying the flag.
"Hissing Prigs" is a masterpiece, and it was with this record that Brainiac's influences became less and less apparent and the sound just hit the listener in the jaw with its originality. Sure, there are touches of some Pixies here, a little Devo there, some Sonic Youth here, etc., but Brainiac had one of the most original sounds of any group of that time. The way the guitars were approached on this album were awesome--it'd take a rocket scientist to figure out all the oddly tuned riffs at work here. The heavy grooves of songs like "Vincent Come On Dowm" and the rush of "Nothing Ever Changes" make for great rockin'-out music, but this album is great for any occasion. Highly recommended.