The first time I saw Axes was in London 2014 at one of the most stacked math rock shows I've ever been to, and they were the only band I had never heard of before. Needless to say, I became a lifelong fan then and there - the energy and exhilaration they transmit on stage with their playful tunes and antics is something to behold.
We had the chance to catch Six Hands on their UK tour earlier this year, putting a smile on everyone's faces with their fun personalities and adept performances of happy-go-lucky math rock.
Alpha Male Tea Party have developed a uniquely identifiable sound that stands out amidst the sea of derivative bands we are hearing these days. Their songs have both a meaty weight and blasting energy, as well as a strong sense of melody and an ever-flowing structure. Basically, they play loud, beautifully nasty, groovy hooks, with some nice breathing room in between.
Alright, this came out last month but I didn't want to let it go under the radar. Riding Pânico's latest endeavour is pleasantly contemplative, but also packs a secret punch to it, draping you in dreamy, curious atmospheres only to slowly hit you with a gut-felt heaviness indicative of their sludge/stoner roots...