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Henbrain is a five piece, bass-on-bass rock band from Carrboro, NC formed in 2012 by Michelle Sontheimer on bass, Evan Ashworth on keys, Zack Hargett on bass, Erika Libero on vocals and Keith Cannon on drums. Henbrain's full debut album was recorded at Warrior Sound in Chapel Hill, NC and released in September, 2013. A 7-inch vinyl record of material recorded with Mitch Easter at The Fidelitorium will be released in the Fall of 2014.
Sontheimer developed her style of playing by transposing all of her favorite guitar riffs to bass while embracing the low tone. In her own unique style she realized that the songs she had written would require a second bass and envisioned a band where two basses could weave together in harmony. The resulting Henbrain is a heavy, grumbling rock explosion that explores deep tones and relentless rythmic chugs never achieved by typical guitar bands. The brutal low end is complimented by Libero's bright soaring vocals that fall somewhere between Grace Slick of Jefferon Airplane and Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs bringing a powerful and unforgiving femininity to the growl of the basses. Ashworth's keys range from gritty rock organ that races alongside the dual basslines to spacey soundscapes that bring the music to a psychedelic and other-worldly level. Henbrain's influences include Yes, Tool, Iron Maiden, and Beethoven, but as music lovers they dream to take their music in all directions finding inspiration everywhere and refusing any limitations to their creativity.
Henbrain has played extensively in their home state of NC including venues such as The Local 506, The Pour House Music Hall, The Pinhook, Motorco, The Cave, Slim's Downtown, The Nightlight, Lexington Avenue Brewery, and The Red Room. They continue to book locally and will be touring the East Coast this summer.