This month we thought that, rather force-feed you with prosaic platitudes for the plethora of math rock albums that came out this month, why not compile them all into a bite-sized summary? 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. So without further ado, here is a round up of our favourite releases for March 2018.

Good Game – Good Luck Have Fun


File Under

Instrumental, math rock, tappity-tap, pop, progressive

Sounds A Tad Like

Floral, Invalids, CHON

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp).

Location

Boston, Massachusetts


WRAP-UP: Intricate guitar-tapped melodies adorn this short but undoubtedly complex release. A strong follow-up from an exciting new band.


Tangled Hair – We Do What We Can


File Under

Indie, pop, math rock, post rock, vocals

Sounds A Tad Like

Colour, Tubelord, Meet Me In St Louis, Pharoahs

Price

€7 digital on the Big Scary Monsters bandcamp.

Location

United Klingwrap


WRAP-UP: Veteran trio Tangled Hair return from a major deluge to do what they do best. A slower and more emotional journey compared to its precursor Apples.


Odradek – Pentimento


File Under

Indie, pop, math rock, alternative, vocals, progressive rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Alpha Male Tea Party, Tera Melos, Macho Muchacho

Price

Name Your Price (Bandcamp).

Location

Piracicaba, Brazil


WRAP-UP: Bold and crunchy riffs abound in the first full length from Odradek. Tracks like ‘Alergia’ and ‘Micterismo’ showcase the band’s jagged and abrasive take on math rock. ‘Nakamura’ seals the deal here, a powerful instrumental with nods to The Mars Volta.


Cyano – EP


File Under

Instrumental, post rock, math rock, alternative

Sounds A Tad Like

tide/edit, Cloudnine(9), loqto

Price

Name Your Price (Bandcamp).

Location

Copenhagen, Denmark


WRAP-UP: A nice emo-tinged instrumental album from Denmark. Short, to-the-point and rich in positivity. There’s not much to dislike here.


Bruant Zizi – Survol


File Under

Two-piece, instrumental, noise rock, math rock, punk, surf rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Pneu, Lightning Bolt, Zeus!

Price

Name Your Price (Bandcamp).

Location

France, France


WRAP-UP: Two Frenchmen forcing their instruments into an all-out musical bludgeon. It’s fast, it’s raw, it’s abrasive. Fans of Pneu will not be disappointed.


Space Corolla – Never Happy


File Under

Punk, math rock, pop, hardcore

Sounds A Tad Like

Postmadonna, The Armed, The Fall Of Troy

Price

$3US (Bandcamp).

Location

San Juan, Puerto Rico


WRAP-UP: The eagerly anticipated debut from Space Corolla has (quite rightly) been publicly lauded over the past few weeks. This Puerto Rican gem is equal parts punk rock, math rock and pop. And it is insanely tight.


Shake The Baby Til The Love Comes Out – In A Pretty Suit


File Under

Punk, math rock, post-punk, instrumental, noise rock, two-piece

Sounds A Tad Like

Ativin, Bastro, True Champioins Ride On Speed

Price

$7US (Bandcamp).

Location

Seattle, Washington


WRAP-UP: An exciting little discovery for us. This Seattle duo gives off vibes of late 90’s math and post rock greats like Pele and Ativin. Wonderful chemistry between the musicians.


Ki The Tree – Cat Mask


File Under

Two-piece, jazz, math rock, post rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Suffer Like G Did, Pele, Euphone

Price

$8CAD (Bandcamp).

Location

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


WRAP-UP: Another exciting two-piece, this time from up Canada way. What struck us most on Cat Mask was the diverse array of sound throughout the release, often a major challenge for two-pieces. You’ll hear strings, electronica, ambient soundscapes, shoegaze. Put it this way: you’ll get your money’s worth.


The Messthetics – The Messthetics


File Under

Instrumental, punk, jazz, improvised, free-jazz, math rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Turing Machine, Don Caballero, Broughton’s Rules

Price

$8US (Bandcamp).

Location

Washington D.C.


WRAP-UP: Members of Fugazi turn to instrumental in this left-of-center debut. A wonderful unison of free-jazz and stripped-back classical rock motifs.


BREAKDOWNPANDA – Moronic Outbursts


File Under

Math rock, post rock, progressive, indie, alt-rock, grunge

Sounds A Tad Like

Tera Melos, Faraquet, King Crimson

Price

$4US (Bandcamp).

Location

Bangalore, India


WRAP-UP: Bangalore is the math rock capital of India at the moment, featuring Deadstar, Stuck In November and this exciting new quartet BREAKDOWNPANDA. Moronic Outburts is complex and unpredictable, packing progressive rock, jazz and math rock. As dense and zany as a good Thomas Pynchon novel.


Defórmica – Campo


File Under

Instrumental, post rock, progressive, math rock, ethereal

Sounds A Tad Like

Antethic, By The End Of Tonight, Gifts From Enola

Price

Name Your Price (Bandcamp).

Location

Buenos Aires, Argentina


WRAP-UP: This wonderful EP brings back the highly imaginative post rock textures of band like Trans Am and Tortoise, with some AC/DC-style heavy rock thrown in for good measure. It’s a brief trip, but a scenic one.


This City Called Earth – Cinema Jazz


File Under

Experimental, indie, jazz, math rock, post rock, glitch

Sounds A Tad Like

The Most, The Mercury Tree, Feed Me Jack

Price

Name Your Price (Bandcamp).

Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


WRAP-UP: For those of us still yearning for the jazz-indie stylings of the sadly defunct Feed Me Jack, here is something that will fill the void. Cinema Jazz is true to its title; this is highly wired jazzy rock brought to cinematic proportions.


Lingua Nada – Snuff


File Under

Punk, experimental, jazz, math rock, electronic, odd rhythms, noise rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Postmadonna, Tera Melos, DISPO, The Locust

Price

€5 (Bandcamp).

Location

Liepzig, Germany


WRAP-UP: Strait outta Liepzig comes this wacky mix of punk, math rock, surf rock and everything in-between. Snuff moves unpredictably from cool pop sensibilities to brash cacophony, we really are at the hands of madmen.


Bearfoot Beware – Sea Magnolia


File Under

Punk, indie, alt-rock, math rock, post-hardcore

Sounds A Tad Like

Future of the Left, Faraquet, Quadrilles, If Lucy Fell

Price

£4 (Bandcamp).

Location

Leeds, UK


WRAP-UP: This Leeds trio’s highly-charged follow up to World Owes You Nowt is louder, jam-packed with hooks and singalongs, and glowing with 90’s math-post-hardcore nostalgia. A noise that will travel far beyond the red brick homes below.


JYOCHO – A Parallel Universe

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File Under

Math rock, tappity-tap, pop, indie

Sounds A Tad Like

Uchu Conbini, Invalids, Floral, Covet

Price

£4 (Bandcamp).

Location

Tokyo, Japan


WRAP-UP: Who would have thought that highly angular math rock would gel so well with J-pop and flute passages? Uchu Conbini started the legacy; and Daijiro Nakagawa and company are seeing it through to its maturation.


Invalids – Fulfillment


File Under

Tappity-tap, tappity-tap, tappity-tap, tappity-tap

Sounds A Tad Like

Covet, Floral, Good Game

Price

$5US (Bandcamp).

Location

Princeton, New Jersey


WRAP-UP: Five fresh new tracks from math rock juggernaut Pete Davis aka Invalids showcasing what he does best: pop punk laden with signature hyper-angular guitar work. It’s a tight release, and it goes with saying you have to put it in your ears.


Instrumental (adj.) – Reductio ad Absurdum


File Under

Jazz, experimental, metal, djent, experimental rock, fusion, progressive metal, progressive rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Trioscapes, Lye By Mistake, Animals As Leaders

Price

$5AUD (Bandcamp).

Location

Sydney, Australia


WRAP-UP: It’s over. Let’s go home. This bunch of Aussie’s just won the dunk content. Reductio ad Absurdum is one of the pithiest EP releases of the year so far, featuring truly off-the-wall hyper-jazzy chord progressions and a truly eclectic mix of fusion, funk, metal, prog, math, you name it. Expect the unexpected.


Gulfer – Dog Bless


File Under

Emo, math rock, punk, pop

Sounds A Tad Like

TWIABP, Duck. Little Brother, Duck!, Algernon Cadawaller

Price

$8US (Bandcamp).

Location

Montreal, Quebec


WRAP-UP: There’s a nice and healthy pot of bands in the middle of the math rock emo-revival Venn diagram. Dog Bless reaffirms Gulfer as one of the leaders, speaking from the heart and pushing their instruments further than ever before.


The Planet You – The Planet You


File Under

Experimental, indie, math rock, punk, pop

Sounds A Tad Like

Night Idea, Fight Cloud, Feed Me Jack

Price

$7US (Bandcamp).

Location

Montclair, New Jersey


WRAP-UP: The Planet You‘s follows the well-laid plan of I Too (Me Also), a suite of hook-rich indie tunes with mathy twists and turns throughout, satisfying both the fist-pounders and the jazz pundits in equal measure. As the band implies in their opening track: ‘Porque No Los Dos?‘.


Owane – yeah whatever


File Under

Experimental, jazz, progressive, metal, fusion

Sounds A Tad Like

Plini, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Soft Machine

Price

$7US (Bandcamp).

Location

Norway, Norway


WRAP-UP: Don’t let the flippancy of the album title dissuade you, this is a will-executed, exquisitely crafted Zappa-esque-apade from Norwegian one-man-band Owane. Choice cuts of jazz and progressive rock and mixed with kitschy synths and uber-technical guitar wizardry up there with Plini and Sithu Aye. Fans of Hot Rats enquire within…