Brian Case

Brian Case is an artist and musician born in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been living and working in Chicago, Illinois, since 1995 and has been involved with groups as diverse as 90 Day Men, The Ponys and Acteurs. Most of these bands could be accurately described as footnotes, although The Ponys did quite well for a while there. His most recent band, Disappears, focuses on minimalism and repetition, creating experimental and open music that sits in the negative space where art rock and post punk collapse onto each other. You can follow them on Twitter here.

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Carving out a space somewhere in the middle of garage-punk snarl, shoegaze haze, and Krautrock grooves, Chicago’s Disappears features Brian Case (also of the Ponys and 90 Day Men), Boas members Graeme Gibson and Jonathan van Herik, and Damon Carruesco. The band started when Case’s other groups were on hiatus and he was recording demos with Gibson; Gibson brought van Herik into the project, and in turn, van Herik brought Carruesco into the fold. Soon after forming, the band self-released a series of 7" singles with artwork based on Can’s album Delay 1968, and made their material available for free on the Internet. Disappears began recording their debut studio album and signed to Touch & Go, appearing at the label’s showcase at 2009’s South by Southwest Festival, and also playing dates with Tortoise, Deerhunter, and Times New Viking. The band released 100 CD-Rs of Live Over the Rainbo, a live album from the Deerhunter/Times New Viking tour, that was eventually distributed by Plus Tapes and Rococco Records later in 2009. Disappears continued to play more high-profile Chicago shows, including a gig at the Pitchfork Music Festival and a 2009 New Year’s Eve show with the Jesus Lizard. Late in the year, the band moved to Kranky Records, who released their official debut album Lux in 2010. The band also recorded a single with Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley and the noise duo White/Light. - From AMG. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.


To Play Because It’s In You, To Play Because You Need To

By Brian Case | April 4, 2019

To Play Because It’s In You, To Play Because You Need To

Brian Case discusses the new FACS record with Munaf Rayani (Explosions in the Sky).

Brian Case (Disappears) Talks Big Brave’s Au De La

By Brian Case | October 8, 2015

Brian Case (Disappears) Talks Big Brave’s Au De La

The members of Big Brave boast an ESP-level of connection through the feedback-laced black holes that make up their newest album.