March has been a fantastic month for fresh tunes, with many exciting debuts and unexpected returns from hiatus; and we'd be absolutely buggered right-to-left trying to complete write-ups for every single album...
From time to time, we run into a band like Germany's Lingua Nada and we ask ourselves the following quasi-philosophical question: does a band start with chaos and shape it into coherency, or do they start with coherency and shape it into chaos?
The wait for a new Tangled Hair LP is finally over. No more binge watching their Milktime Productions sessions or playing their EP’s and Apples on repeat. They’ve returned with a carefully planned and brilliantly executed record that retains the familiarity of their sound while incorporating captivating nuances.
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.
I admit, it's kind of strange to describe math rock tracks as 'jams'. The word 'jam' implies that a bunch of muso's can pick up instruments and follow along to a common pulse of sound. The dissonant nature of math rock surely makes this simple affair rather awkward and complex, maybe even impossible.
It's been a slow start to the year for us (maybe even for math in general?) so, naturally, we've been looking for a record to sweep us off our toes. Something to push our lethargic minds back into gear...
or fans of math, and other forms of wierdo rock music, Brighton is increasingly becoming seen as a glimmering promised-land; not only is it home to a serious roster of ridiculously great acts but a thriving live-music scene. And, as 2018 rolls in, one of Brighton’s most formidable promoters, Small Pond, have released the first wave of bands set to play this year’s edition of the Bad Pond festival; a weekend’s celebration of incredible math/alternative music.