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CLEFT AND CROWDFUNDING

In the last few years, crowdfunding has seriously taken off as an avenue for independent bands to release their music without label support. But that doesn't mean it's easy. One band who has spectacularly pulled off this feat is Cleft, an instrumental math band from Manchester UK, in support of their debut full-length. We caught up with them to see how they did it.
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A JAPANESE MATH ROCK ODYSSEY

An exclusive feature documenting one of math rock's best kept secrets: the contemporary Japanese scene. Call it math rock, post rock, 'j-math' or whatever, there is something special happening here. We explore the sound, the structure, the history, and the present. Featuring interviews with Uchu Conbini, MOMA and te_ri.
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CAN MATH ROCK BE ‘SLACK’? AN EMPHASIS ON COUSIN

Commonly perceived as a complex, vivacious and technical, math rock appears to be far removed from anything that could be considered laid back, loose, and 'slack'. Yet, for Brighton instrumental rockers Cousin, the incorporation of 'slacker rock' motifs into their mathematical sound certainly seems possible. We talked to the Brighton lads about their songwriting, their influences, and their sound.