Spazzy math rock quartet Snort is back with new EP Josh, the follow-up to their 2013 EP Ron. The band has changed quite a lot in the three years since Ron, relocating from Wisconsin to Chicago, changing their line-up, and most importantly further developing their sound.
Did you ever try playing tennis with yourself as a kid, lobbing the ball up super high so that you could run over to the other side of the court and hit the ball back to yourself? Well fuck it, I admit I did. And its no mean feat.
When it comes to shooting a song promo, you could go all out and create a cinematic work that challenges the form of the ‘music video’ a la MJ’s ‘Thriller’, you could invent a dance craze like Queen B, or you could cause a ton of controversy like The Prodigy. Alternatively, like Boston’s Quarrels, you could just hole up in a dark bunker with plenty of mood lighting and play the damn song.
he great challenge for any instrumental band is to communicate the themes of their work to listeners with a paucity of words, usually confined to song titles, album names, or intermittent vocals. When it comes to math rock, the clean toned and frenetically tapped guitar often reigns supreme in many fan circles. But it begs the question: what is the breadth of its musical language; how much can it really communicate before it alls sound the same? Math rock is predominantly a guitar-lead genre, but what will happen when the products of its tools become saturated and all too familiar?
Save Us From The Archon are the sort of dudes I'd want to talk shop with over a cold one. Not only is their music as beautiful as the orgasm of gods, but it is their ostensible appreciation of film and literature that really grabs me (something that is, rather surprisingly, glossed over by the general press).
We all love a good hook, and there are many great bands that can consistently deliver them. But without a strong sense of orchestration, hook-rich songs can feel kind of 'blocky'. There is nothing tying them together, no journey, and this is often where a lot of the hook-slinging kingpins can fall short.
In 2014, Chicago's Bathing Resorts released their debut EP Snacks, a medley of energetic math rock clocking in at around nine minutes. It was, by all accounts, a snack. A quick source of nourishment; a burst of dazzling flavours...