Math Rock for today’s post comes in the form of Chapter Books and their album Too Strong from 2014.
Math rock with vocals, most of the vocals are screamed in a hardcore/ post hardcore manner, which is a good thing. Jangly guitar riffs playing back and forth with the screamed fury of hardcore, reminds me of high school and DIY shows, 83%.
65daysofstatic is another band that gained a large degree of fame through appearing on DJ Peel’s show. A math rock band names after a Central American coup. The band is hit and miss really, but this album is a hit and a good example of the band in general, enjoy, 85%.
dl We Were Exploding Anyway (2010)
Streaming Sunday, Instruments- Eleven Found (2012)
You’ve got to be kidding me. It is amazing someone actually went through the trouble of posting this on Bandcamp. Utterly amazing. I wasn’t even going to post this after listening to it, but it is too ridiculous for me not to share.
This release is tagged “instrumental math rock”, so I downloaded it expecting math rock, without vocals… It’s not. It’s an entire album of people murmuring in the background. Yes, really. One could be huffing gasoline and eating paint chips and this album would still sound horrible. It’s also tagged “post rock”. The only tag that isn’t deceptive would be the “Halifax”. It isn’t ambient or drone, it’s like sitting at the Department of Motor Vehicles, only more boring.
Instruments is a trio also. I’m blown away that three people actually thought this was good. I can imagine one guy creating a loop of crowd noise on a computer, but I honestly have no clue what the other two dudes were doing while he was playing on the computer… Seriously. Even if they were blowing each other on the couch in front of him, I still don’t see how that would make them part of the “band”.
This album rates a 10%, because it could be worse, somehow.
Recently I did a post about DJ Johnny Peel and found that he was way too big a personality to cover in just one post, so I decided to embark upon a series of posts based on the artists he recorded over his lengthy career. He recorded so many notable artists that the Wiki page alphabetized the list of them. Someone said that he was basically “the man” in rock music for about a decade. So, using that Wiki list as a roadmap, this is the second post of the Peel session series.
At the top of the list are the 90 day men recorded by Peel back in February of 2001, towards the later part of his career. 90 day men is a math rock band with post-hardcore leanings, admittedly, I hadn’t heard of them before but this live recording of them is pretty good. Their sound is exactly what one would expect from the genre tags though far from being generic. Guitar riffs playing off the drums, appealing and rhythmic, there isn’t much not to love about this live album even with the muddy recording, 90%.
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90 Day Men Wiki
List of Peel Sessions
Unfortunately, Orlando was in the midst of a cold snap with the thermometer sitting at a frigid 52 degrees, for days, which is why this post was so long in production. Go ahead and laugh but my motivation plunges when it’s that cold. Fortunately it is warming up, but there are still no waves and I’ve already argued with the Angry Ginger, so I’ll move on to music.
Got a great math rock band out of Ithaca, New York, Mouth To Mouth To Mouth. Me and Sammy Razor Blades got a charge out of the cover of this live album from January 2013 (look closely) . While many people don’t care for live albums I really enjoy them. Even with muddy acoustics and noise from the audience there is often a depth and texture that is absent or scrubbed away from studio recordings. In this release all the instruments come through clearly, playing together in an appealing math rock frenzy with the slightly hollow acoustics and the low undercurrent of the audience leave the listener feeling like they are at the small venue hearing MTMTM play. Quite good, playful riffs and a band that plays well together, 90%.
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Zefs Chasing Cara’s Ultra Gown was released in November, with the notable tags Edinburgh and instrumental math pop and the honest explanation; “I’m a person recording music at home.” Someone on Bandcamp described it as “expressive, colorful, emotive math-rock” which is quite accurate. The album takes the listener on a journey through the composers feelings, both high and low and everything between. This has been a year of math-rock and yet this release still sticks out and it’s a solo project, which is why I name this The Solo Album of the Year. While slightly heavy with electronics it is a strong release that can easily be left on repeat and will undoubtedly be enjoyed for years to come. This is a stellar example of the marvels of technology allowing one person to make an entire album and distribute it to the world from his house, amazing, 93%.
It’s time for the Random Download game! The reason is that Legos Lord of the Rings recently came out for iPad and has subsequently consumed much of my free time
” post rock with jazz influences from Berlin ” reads my notes… what does that mean?
Ok, that was a decent introduction for this band. I’ve been listening to this album almost nonstop since I downloaded it yesterday, mellow and instrumental with a strong dreamy aspect and thick background that could almost be coined soundscape. Lying somewhere between post rock and math, but such a bland labeling doesn’t do this quintet justice, highly recommended and excellent mood music for the afternoon session, 91%.
That was a fun Thanksgiving, spent time with the family, listened in vague amusement to the comments, and generally just enjoyed the holiday. For those that don’t know, Thanksgiving is the American holiday where we make the third week in November easy week, out of 9 days we work two, eat one day and shop the next. The holiday is in remembrance of a plague ravaged Native American tribe feeding a boatload of English Puritans and forming an alliance with them out of fear of attack from other tribes further inland… Yeah, doesn’t make much sense, but whatevesies.
Today we have a Math Rock album from’ 04 out of Glasgow that falls a touch short. Catchy, tolerable, real good at moments, but somehow just doesn’t quite make the grade. There are a few odd songs and riffs that seriously hold back the album, the odd spoken part detracts from the music and makes them sound like they are imitating the Phish album Junta.
This is a band in the same league as Herbie Hancock with good riffs but too many experimental aspects distracting the listener and jangling the flow of the song. There are some really good math rock riffs on this album, quite good, but the album remains a seemingly random conglomeration of riffs, 75%. (But it is free)
Math Rock Monday is about choice new albums as a silver lining to the crappiness that normally engulfed first day of the work week. A pair of free albums defiantly doesn’t make the day worse, enjoy.
Fight Cloud- Soft and dreamy, a good album overall with fitting vocals, easy to leave on repeat, 86%.
Analysis- Really good math riffs from a one man band who describes himself as a drunk Eskimo… Anyway, aside from the one song with a lengthy spoken word part, this is an excellent work. The solo-project aspect is strongly heard in the sense that the instruments are focusing solely on the intricate guitar riffs, 89%.