Jeffrey Acciaioli aka The Great Mundane: beats; Lucas Dix: vocals
Jellyfish Brigade is a project that my friend Jeffrey Acciaioli (aka The Great Mundane) started back in 2009. He was sleeping on my couch for about a month, and, while he was at work, I would access his computer and throw beats from it onto a thumb drive. I didn't let him know I'd been doing this until I had already recorded about 3 or 4 songs. Those songs turned into our album Gills and a Helmet, and we've been making music ever since.
Released in November 2014 via
Polkadot Mayhem and Neon Autumn
Written and recorded during the Diving Lessons sessions, “Gust” is an extension of past Jellyfish Brigade songs, a mixture of indie hip-hop and R&B with lyrics inspired by folk songs. Vocalist Lucas Dix pulls double duty on the track, singing verses and hooks and rapping with rapid-fire delivery about a relationship in purgatory. Producer Jeffrey Acciaioli (aka The Great Mundane) provides the soundscape with his hard-hitting drums, driving melodies, and morphing song structure. “Gust” is another shining bullet point on the brigade’s resume as they continue to release thought provoking, honest, self-reflective music.
Released in June 2014 via
Polkadot Mayhem and Neon Autumn
Diving Lessons details a two-year period in emcee Lucas Dix’s life that began as his best friend, Gavin Theory, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Theory and Dix began making music together as Hives Inquiry Squad in high school and moved to Portland from Wisconsin to pursue their artistic endeavors.
Around the same time his best friend was diagnosed, Dix met a woman who introduced him to many of the scenic places Oregon is known for: the Cascade Mountain Range, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Pacific Ocean. These places, this new love, and the difficulties in supporting a dying friend set the backdrop, theme, and plot for the new Jellyfish Brigade album.
Producer Jeffrey Acciaioli (aka The Great Mundane) provides the soundtrack for Dix’s self-exploration with melodic, electronic beats that are sometimes as playful as a sunny day on the river. Other times, they are dark as a midnight hike through mountain fog. Dix’s stories describe the supernatural as normal and the ordinary as magical--detailing times of growth, happiness and hardship. Together, the duo created a debut album of hip hop songs with catchy, R&B infused hooks that explore the process of finding yourself while losing the people closest to you.
Released in December 2012 via 1320 Records
The Art of Being Pulled Apart is a short story about the heart, mind, body and soul drifting in separate directions and how we must inevitably pull our different selves back together. By intertwining tales from the river, love notes from distant cities, and fears of the unknown, we created a project that explores the breakdown process and the beauty in getting a chance to reassemble one’s self after a life changing experience. This collection of songs is influenced as much by campfire folk tunes and early 90’s R&B as it is story telling hip hop and melodic electronic beats. Its setting is somewhere in the Columbia River Gorge on a highway during a Sunday evening sunset. It touches on recognizing each person’s individuality while also realizing our tiny place in the collective. It jovially compares our fate to that of the salmon, who spend the autumn traveling back home to their demise. I guess, in short, we make honest, heartfelt songs about love, life and nature, all of which we enjoy deeply.
Released in October 2011 via 1320 Records
Sunflowers was created after a summer of running through the woods, jumping off of cliffs and bridges, lying with loved ones, starting fires, releasing our debut project “Gills and a Helmet” and growing vegetables. Somewhere in the midst of all these happenings, we decided to write a couple songs about the fun we were having. Reviler recently described our music as “toeing that line between laid-back freshness and half-experimental independent pop. Somewhere between Lazerbeak and Sufjan Stevens, or a combination of Neon Indian and Das Racist.” This what we have attempted to create: hip hop music with the honest lyrics of a folk song. The title track “Sunflowers” touches on the similarities of plants and humans in the growth process with a singing chorus over a drum and bass influenced soundscape. The second song on the single is a remix of fellow Portland, OR artist Natasha Kmeto’s “Want You Too”. The singer/producer shows off her vocal abilities while crooning about the desire for her love, until the very end of the song where I had the privilege of rapping about the summer time at dusk scenarios I was able to spend with my lover.
Released in July of 2011 via 1320 Records
With Gills and a Helmet, their debut project, Jellyfish Brigade exposes a mythology of love, adventure, creation, sorrow and triumph. They reveal an honest reflection of the perfections and struggles encountered daily. Jeffrey Acciaioli’s emotive instrumentals swirl around Lucas Dix’s delivery, weaving their narratives into a soundtrack for self-discovery and preserving the time-honored art of storytelling.
This is a tale of lost and found and lost and so on. This is a legend about creation, friendships and letting go… Discovering the delicate beauty in everyday mistakes, escaping the drive of guilt, and rattling your weaknesses by fulfilling your passions. This is an album that touches the souls of the baton twirlers, the adventurers, the teachers, the students, the conjurers of brilliance, the blissfully clueless, the romantics, the silent listeners, the revolutionaries, and the shine chasers.