Tess Brunet was born in New Orleans, LA a ward of the state of Louisiana. She was adopted at age 4. She found solace in her adopted father’s record collection. Tess left her childhood home at the age of 17. She moved to New York and got hired at S.I.R. Studios where she taught herself to play drums in one of the available rehearsal studios.
After playing drums for only six months, Tess found herself back in Louisiana in a band with Dax Riggs and shortly thereafter signed a record deal with Fat Possum Records as deadboy & the Elephantmen. They toured extensively for 3 years supporting acts like Fiery Furnaces, Peaches, Eagles of Death Metal, Heartless Bastards, and played music festivals such as Austin City Limits, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, where Tess made new fans of Stephen Malkmus and Chan Marshall regarding her drumming. Also, Henry Rollins champions Brunet on his radio show. After leaving “deadboy” she travelled around the country for a few years finding herself backing the legendary Lady Bo of Bo Diddley, she also moonlighted on drums with Athens band Twin Tigers, and most recently was the touring drummer for Generationals, collaborating on their Trust EP. Throughout all of this Tess wrote and recorded demos while teaching herself to play piano.
She released an EP under the moniker Animal Electric in 2008. In 2011 she released a self-titled record under the moniker Au Ras Au Ras. As for the latest record, The Great Nothing, it was released in 2012. The EP and both albums were self-released and written by Tess.
The Great Nothing produced by Tess, was on tape and mixed in under a week and with a few exceptions, cut mostly live in the studio.
Tess has dropped her moniker and will release her forthcoming record(s) under her given name.
Tess currently lives in Baton Rouge, LA where she owns and operates Lagniappe Records, a music store featuring regular live performances and specializing in selling, buying, and trading new and used vinyl.
The Great Nothing (2012, LP self-release)
Au Ras Au Ras (2011, LP self-release)
Trust (2010, EP on Park The Van) w/ Generationals
Animal Electric self-titled (2008, EP self-release)
We Are Night Sky (2005, LP on Fat Possum) w/ deadboy & the Elephantmen