Bay Area actor brings a retro New Wave vibe to his modern music


Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena last month, looking to relive their favorite decade of music – the 80s – during the Cruel World festival featuring Morrissey, Bauhaus, Psychedelic Furs, Berlin, Missing Persons and d other impressive acts.

As music lovers wait until Cruel World 2023 for their next megadose of 80s music, we recommend listening to Diego Cisternas from the Bay Area, who certainly brings a deliciously retro new wave/modern-rock edge to the music. which he does under the name Brain Dead Symphony.

The Brentwood resident, who has also worked as a painter, editor, composer, business consultant, writer, entrepreneur and music producer, keeps some pretty cool company. Over the decades, he opened shows for such popular 80s and 90s artists as A Flock of Seagulls, Midnight Oil, Level 42, Men Without Hats, Berlin, Alanis Morissette, No Doubt and Garbage.

Brain Dead Symphony’s latest effort is a groovy opus titled “Nothing More to Hide”, which should appeal to fans of Depeche Mode, New Order and Echo and the Bunnymen.

This terrific song, along with other numbers from Brain Dead Symphony, can be heard on the artist’s Bandcamp site:


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