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Brian Chase

Brian Chase in 2006
Background information
Born December 2, 1978 (1978-12-02) (age 31)
Origin Long Island, New York
Genres Alternative rock, fusion
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1990s – Present
Labels Interscope
Associated acts Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Oakley Hall, The Seconds, The Sway Machinery, Blarvuster

Brian Chase (born December 2, 1978) is an American drummer playing in the New York rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs.


Personal life

Chase grew up on Long Island, New York and attended Friends Academy in Locust Valley, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He is now living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He has synaesthesia, meaning he sees colours in response to music he plays or hears.[1] He is also a vegetarian.[2]


Chase has sat in with many other groups, including Oakley Hall and Blarvuster. He also plays for the rock band The Seconds, and used to play drums for his longtime girlfriend Emily Manzo's band until the pair split in 2006. He has also performed in a number of experimental duos with other musicians such as Stefan Tcherepnin and Seth Misterka, with whom he released a CD Duo in 2007 on the Australian Heathen Skulls label. Other musicians he has recently played with include Jessica Pavone, Mary Halvorson, Moppa Elliott, and klezmer-fusion band The Sway Machinery.[3] He was named as the 50th greatest drummer of all time by Gigwise.[4]


  1. ^ Forrest, Emma (March 30, 2009). "Emma Forrest meets New York's favourite art-punk rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs". (The Guardian). Retrieved 2009-05-07.  
  2. ^ Chase, Brian. "Brian Chase's blog". Retrieved 2009-05-07.  
  3. ^ Pasternack, Alex (October 10, 2007). "Can't Get Enough of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (interview)". blog. Retrieved 2009-05-08.  
  4. ^ "The Greatest Drummers Of All Time!". May 29, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  

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