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Crain formed in early 1989 from the ashes of Cerebellum, an art-punk ensemble that featured a then-teenaged Drew Daniel (Matmos, Soft Pink Truth) on vocals. Picking up where the nervy Cerebellum had left off, Crain made frantic, impassioned music that resonated for audiences who were otherwise bemused by contemporary punk rock. Along with their Louisville peers Slint and Rodan, Crain forged a distinct musical path that combined elements of post-punk, hardcore, and art rock to create the distinctly Midwestern genres later known as post-rock and math rock. Crain’s two albums, Speed and Heater, were landmark recordings that proved to be massively influential and remain as vital now as when they were released.

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