There's a spectrum of sorts when it comes to melody in instrumental rock. Some bands will introduce one melody and develop it over time, using the power of repetition to drive a narrative. Other bands will compile many melodies played in quick succession, opting for variety rather than development.
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...