In this article, we pick apart the historical and descriptive aspects of what defines 'math rock', and explore when and where the iconic sound changed it's style. By doing this, we can attempt to answer a fundamental question: was Soundgarden math rock?
In 2016, Feed Me Jack released their magnum opus Ultra Ego and subsequently called it quits. The album proved to be the most bittersweet of swansongs; it took the ears and hearts of math rockers worldwide. Just as their destinies as a game-changing band became a likelihood, the project came apart. Here was a band that was in touch with the delicate balance between technicality and emotion. And then 'here' turned to 'there'.
When you've been running a math rock website for a couple of years, you inevitably run into a lot of odd stories. Things tend to pop up in the press, the historical literature, or straight from the bands' mouths. Here are ten bits of math rock trivia that have been lurking around our offices for the longest time...
JOB is an instrumental band from Chicago whose music is neither devotional nor vocational in theme, but rather an answered prayer for those who long to translate outside vibrations flooding towards the cochlea of the inner ear into the flush and rush of some paradoxical, refined barbarism.