Los Angeles math rock duo Standards went from nothing to everything seemingly overnight. The band achieved fame across the math rock and wider music community with their string of imaginative live videos, which quickly became viral sensations.
You might agree that the mid-1990’s were the salad days of math rock, a time where the term ‘math rock’ was still a joke phrase and only just picking up traction from the zines and journos. There were bands like Chavez, Polvo, Shudder To Think that added rhythmic complexity to their combinations of grunge, slacker rock, post-punk, and post-hardcore with a mathy edge. What made these bands so good is that their discordant was well-balanced with palatable hooks and sing-alongs.
Look, we may have 4.9 million inhabitants and be one of the world's 'most livable cities', but by and large Melbourne doesn't have much of a math rock scene going on. We often have to wait for the venerable...
Throughout their 27 year career, underground rock doyens Cheer-Accident have been enticing audiences with their captivating yet wildly odd releases. The band have candidly deconstructed and recoiled the tropes and commonalities of popular music, producing a suite of rock albums that challenge and confuse.
From the city that brought you grunge, a new quartet emerges to join the ranks emo revival-math rock dynasty. Enter Curse League, a young and exciting band currently gearing up to drop the follow-up to their 2016 release
Well, what were we really expecting? You combine two of the most eccentric France bands on the market, PoiL and ni, and what do you get? Yes indeed, an insatiable orgy of prog, spazzed-out jazz, and maximalist art-rock. This is PinioL, and here is Bran Coucou.
There's a spectrum of sorts when it comes to melody in instrumental rock. Some bands will introduce one melody and develop it over time, using the power of repetition to drive a narrative. Other bands will compile many melodies played in quick succession, opting for variety rather than development.