Brasstronaut is a band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with roots in pop, rock and jazz. It was formed in 2007. Their current line-up consists of Bryan Davies on trumpet, Edo Van Breemen on piano and vocals, Sam Davidson on clarinet and EWI, Tariq Hussain on lap steel and electric guitar, Brennan Saul on drums and John Walsh on bass.

OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresIndie rock, jazz
Years active2008–present
LabelsUnfamiliar Records (Canada), Tin Angel Records (UK)
  • Bryan Davies (trumpet)
  • Edo Van Breemen (piano, vocals)
  • Brennan Saul (drums)
  • John Walsh (bass)
  • Tariq Hussain (guitar)
  • Sam Davidson (clarinet)

Van Breemen composed the "Sprott Shaw Community College" jingle.


Old World Lies

Their first release, the EP Old World Lies, was released in 2008[1] on Unfamiliar Records and received a positive press and blog response.[2] It was accompanied by a video for the song "Requiem for a Scene".[3] On October 20, 2010, Brasstronaut performed a version of Old World Lies on a balcony in London for the viral music show BalconyTV.[4]

Mount Chimaera

The band spent early 2009 in Banff, Alberta, recording their first full-length album as part of a Winter Music Creative Residency at the Banff Centre. After postponing the release date of September 23, they revamped and re-recorded some of the songs in private studios in Vancouver and finally released Mount Chimaera on March 2, 2010.[5]

The tracks "Old World Lies" and "Requiem for a Scene" were used in the soundtrack for the game WET.


Studio albums

  • 2010 – Mount Chimaera (Unfamiliar Records)
  • 2012 — Mean Sun (Unfamiliar Records)
  • 2016 — Brasstronaut (Hybridity Music)

Extended plays

  • 2008 – Old World Lies (Unfamiliar Records)
  • 2011 – Opportunity (Digital Kunstrasen)


  • "Old World Lies"
  • "Requiem for a Scene"
  • "Mean Sun"
  • "Bounce"
  • "The Grove"
  • "Raveshadow"
  • "Hawk"
  • "Sooner Or Later"


Mount Chimaera was longlisted for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize.[6]

"Hearts Trompet" from Mount Chimaera won the SOCAN Songwriting Prize in 2010.[7]


  1. "Brasstronaut's Old World Lies". CHARTattack. August 26, 2008. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  2. "Reviews:: Brasstronaut Old World Lies". Herohill. September 19, 2008. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
    - Ubyssey Archived December 24, 2018, at the Wayback Machine
    - "Brasstronaut". Stranded in Stereo. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
    - "2008 in Review: My Favourite EPs of the Year". Wolves, Hawks and Kites. December 30, 2008. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
    - "Brasstronaut : Old World Lies". Youthink. Archived from the original on March 15, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2009.
  3. "Brasstronaut – Requiem for a Scene on Vimeo". Vimeo. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  4. "Brasstronaut: The New World :: Music". VUE Weekly. February 25, 2009. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  5. "Blue Rodeo, BSS on Polaris long list". The Globe And Mail. Retrieved October 20, 2011.

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