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.
What an exciting time it was last year when word rapidly spread that Gallops were going to re-gallop. fter a hiatus of four years, the Wrexham band announced not only their valiant return to the stage, but that a new album would be on the cards.
And now for a truly original take on the conventional math rock sound pervading your 2017. Hailing out of Bangalore in India, math trio Stuck In November struck it big last year with their EP First Slice Of Cake. The EP showcased Deadstar guitarist Nihal Anand's virtuoso guitar work and put him up there with the eminent math rock noodlers.
Aiming For Enrike first burst into our hearts with their incredible Rohdos Garage live sessions last year. Armed with a modest arsenal of guitar, drums and herd of pedals, the Norwegian act were forging sounds that combined melodic pop-hooks, looped fusion grooves and the oddball sonic textures of Battles and Adebisi Shank.