Math rock is at an all-time high. The rising popularity of the genre, with its frenetic guitar noodles and unpredictable polyrhythms, has resulted in a rapid proliferation of aspiring bands across the United States and United Kingdom. But the new sounds of math rock are happening in a place where you'd least expect it...
This is the story of Glans, a math rock band lost in the annals of time. It's a story that involves Dave Konopka of Battles, the underground Boston math rock scene, and an exclusive premiere of an unreleased album 20 years since its original recording.
In the first couple decades of a new century a genre music formed that became popular with the youth of the time who enjoyed underground non-mainstream music. Part of the sound of this music was forged from using innovative music technology that recently became available as well as specific playing techniques and styles not being used in other forms of contemporary music.
King Crimson has always been a band of impeccable timing. Throughout their career they have managed to know when to strike at the right time, such as landing an opening gig for the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park only a few months into being a band that launched their career or when reforming at the right time in 1981 to usher in a new wave of influences into polyrhythmic music that has influenced a generation of math rock bands.
The name ‘GriffO’, which the band has said was taken from the word 'griffonage' or messy doctor-style scrawl, reflects their situations of creating music at first when they established, but also very fascinating with the meaning of unknown. They think their music still has possibilities to change with more features, and they need to be more mature,and will definitely come out in their future compositions.
I recently sat down with Six Gallery and we talked about getting back together from hiatus. Growing up in the high desert of New Mexico I always listened to emo, indie, etc.; bands from here included kidcrash, The Coma Recovery, and sputniq.