Pigment Vehicle are unfortunately one of those bands whose mark has corroded with time. Due to its size, the annals of math rock are almost entirely restricted to the internet, and unfortunately the Canadian math rock quartet disbanded long before the digital age, and too small for a cult of dedicated fans to revive them.
It’s hard not to talk aboutLynx without immediately bringing up Dave Konopka, who played guitar in the band before going on to play in one of the most important bands of the last decade regardless of genre in Battles, but got his start crafting a unique sound with Lynx in the late 90’s that laid seminal influence for the kind of sounds math rock was evolving into.
In this very special Focus feature, we present to you the first article on the internet devoted specifically to the history of the genre of math rock. In this first instalment we trace the first elements of math rock stemming somewhere between hardcore punk in Los Angeles, and No Wave in New York.
In this feature we present 15 classic 'mathematical' bands that we think are deserving of your humble attention. We travel back as far as the late 1980's to dig out some of the hidden gems, and the bleedingly obvious ones. Also be sure to check out the accompanying playlist on our Youtube channel.