Mmmmmay! Another month has rolled past and with it a bunch of extraordinary releases. We eagerly awaited the new Mouse On The Keys LP, the highly anticipated Standards EP and were blown away by the solid math rock riffing of DJ Perro. We were also surprised to see a lot of interesting stuff coming out of Chicago this month. You’ll find all these and more in our May wrap up – and, as always, we have thrown in some odd-metered wild cards from outside the strictly ‘math rock’ canon. Some of the bands getting a shout-out this month are featured on our newest cassette collab with intheclouds: Ear Buds Vol. 4 . Be sure to pick that sucker up. In the meantime, let’s monthly…

uSSSy – Voyage


File Under

Microtonal, middle-eastern, two-piece, progressive, noise, math, heavy, psychedelic, world

Sounds A Tad Like

The Physics House Band, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Holy Palms

Price

$10US (Bandcamp)

Location

Moscow, Russia

FIND USSSY ON ‘EAR BUDS VOL. 4’ HERE


tricot – potage / On the boom


File Under

Math rock, indie, odd rhythms, pop

Sounds A Tad Like

Kyojaku, mudy on the sakuban

Price

$2US (Topshelf Records Bandcamp)

Location

Osaka, Japan


Filho da Mãe – Água-Má


File Under

Acoustic, fingerstyle, folk, classical, psychedelic, atmospheric

Sounds A Tad Like

Carson McWhirter, Norberto Lobo, Kaki King

Price

€7 digital / €10 CD (Bandcamp)

Location

Lisbon, Portugal


Robert J Zimmer? – Robert J Zimmer?


File Under

Jazz, math rock, post-rock, prog rock, tuba, trumpet, clarinet

Sounds A Tad Like

Clever Girl, Jaga Jazzist, Zs

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Chicago, Illinois


DJ Perro – Canis Allegro


File Under

Prog, math, instrumental, fusion

Sounds A Tad Like

CHON, Stage Kids, Father Figure

Price

$84MXN (Bandcamp)

Location

Puebla City, Mexico


ZA! – Pachinko Plex


File Under

Noise, experimental, synth, drums, two-piece, trippy

Sounds A Tad Like

Battles and Hella stripped of their guitars, put through a meat grinder and turned into the soundtrack for a hallucinogenic video game.

Price

£7.99 digital / £16 vinyl (Bandcamp) UK
€5 digital / €10 CD / €15 vinyl  (gandula.net) ES
€7 digital / €15 vinyl (Bandcamp – ICESPT)
€18 vinyl (atrdr.net) FR
$12AUD digital / $20 CD (Bandcamp) AU

Location

Barcelona, Spain

READ MORE ABOUT ‘PACHINKO PLEX’ HERE


Great News – It Is Time


File Under

Math rock, punk, indie

Sounds A Tad Like

Blakfish, Roadside Monument, U.S Maple

Price

Name your price, digital / $5 cassette  (Bandcamp)

Location

Boston, Massachusetts


sewingneedle – user error


File Under

Math rock, punk, indie, grunge

Sounds A Tad Like

Chavez, Polvo

Price

$10 digital / $15 vinyl  (Bandcamp)
$5 cassette  (Bandcamp)

Location

Chicago, Illinois

READ MORE ABOUT ‘USER ERROR’ HERE


sicle – a s a b o v e s o b e l o w


File Under

Mathtronica, soothing

Sounds A Tad Like

Vessels, Evil Ex

Price

Name your price  (Bandcamp)

Location

East Peoria, Illinois


Dinosaur – Wonder Trail


File Under

Jazz, experimental, electronic, prog, groovy, synth-pop, trumpet

Sounds A Tad Like

Jaga Jazzist, Christian Scott, Thundercat

Price

£7.99 digital / £10.99 CD / £22 vinyl  (Bandcamp)

Location

London, England


CONTWIG – AUTOBAHN 8


File Under

Chaotic, hardcore, mathcore, raw energy, antifascist, antisexist, anti capitalist, gay positive

Sounds A Tad Like

Botch, Norma Jean, Converge

Price

Name your price digital / €10 vinyl  (Bandcamp)

Location

Strasbourg, France


Le Baron de Vincèse – Pectine & Grotonus


File Under

Jazz, fusion, mathcore, math rock, experimental, schizo, prog

Sounds A Tad Like

Lye By Mistake, Nitkowski, ni

Price

€6 digital / €8 CD  (Bandcamp)

Location

Toulouse, France


mouse on the keys – tres


File Under

Nu-jazz, math rock, chill beats, electronic, groovy, piano

Sounds A Tad Like

jizue, Tigran Hamasyan, fox capture plan, Sly Why

Price

$8 digital / $10 CD / $20 vinyl  (Bandcamp)

Location

Tokyo, Japan


Ryley Walker – Deafman Glance


File Under

Folk, indie, prog, jazz, alternative, odd chord progressions

Sounds A Tad Like

Monsoon Bassoon, The Low Anthem

Price

$9 digital / $12.99 CD / $17.99 vinyl  (Bandcamp)

Location

Chicago, Illinois


Dorogoi Dnevnik – Rozhdonnyy Oglyadyvat’sya Nazad


File Under

Emo, math rock, punk, angular melodies, midwest

Sounds A Tad Like

Curse League, Two Knights, The Fall of Troy

Price

$2  (Bandcamp)

Location

Tula, Russia


JJ JHNSN – TROG


File Under

Math rock, free jazz, jazzcore, wonky, doombop, noise rock, improv, trumpet, sax

Sounds A Tad Like

A noisy math rock duo met 2 jazz brass players and they got really drunk together

Price

$8  (Bandcamp)

Location

Boston, Massachusetts


Parker Luck – Where the Wicked Cease From Troubling and the Weary Lay to Rest


File Under

Math rock, post-hardcore, screamo, emo, tappy

Sounds A Tad Like

Fearless Leader, The Fall of Troy

Price

Name your price  (Bandcamp)

Location

Chicago, Illinois


standards – standards


File Under

Math rock, instrumental, two-piece, tappy

Sounds A Tad Like

Floral, John Makay, Land Wars

Price

$5 digital / $7 CD  (Bandcamp)

Location

Los Angeles, California

READ MORE ABOUT ‘STANDARDS EP’ HERE
FIND STANDARDS ON ‘EAR BUDS VOL. 4’ HERE


Ambrose – Adama


File Under

Math rock, instrumental, jazz, experimental

Sounds A Tad Like

Tippwerk, Cash Pony, Dirgahayu

Price

Name your price  (Bandcamp)

Location

Nashville, Tennessee


Ikea Mutilation Manual – Construction Of Compulsive Chagrin


File Under

Math core, math metal, grindcore, noisecore, free jazz, extreme, avant-garde

Sounds A Tad Like

The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Ed Gein, Plebeian Grandstand

Price

Name your price  (Bandcamp)

Location

Vlaanderen, Belgium


ctrlBrain – Семь


File Under

Math metal, djent, prog metal, nu-metal, electroclash, female vocals

Sounds A Tad Like

Meshuggah, The Algorithm, RXYZYXR

Price

Name your price  (Bandcamp)

Location

Moscow, Russia


Cheer-Accident – Fades


File Under

Math rock, exerpimental rock, avant garde, folk, punk, indie

Sounds A Tad Like

Cheer Accident, Cheer Accident, Cheer Accident

Price

$8.75 digital / $13.85 CD / $20.85 vinyl (Bandcamp)

Location

Chicago, Illinois

READ MORE ABOUT ‘FADES’ HERE


Los Webelos – Brotherhood


File Under

Math rock, noise rock, jazz rock, instrumental, experimental, 00’s, NorCal

Sounds A Tad Like

Hella, Don Caballero, early Tera Melos

Price

Name your price (Bandcamp)

Location

Placerville, California


HEISA – HEISA


File Under

Progressive, Shoegaze, Ambient, Ethereal, Dreamy, Math Rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Closure In Moscow, Pinnacles

Price

€7 (Bandcamp)

Location

Hoeselt, Belgium


Sheezahee – Noises for the Blind


File Under

Folk, math, noise, pop, avant-garde, experimental, electronica, orchestral, eerie, odd rhythms, odd-metered music

Sounds A Tad Like

A cold, eerie and unpredictably night on the cornfields in only your underwear

Price

€7 (Bandcamp)

Location

Lyon, France


In Love Your Mother – The Greatest Hits


File Under

Post-hardcore, punk, math rock, noise rock

Sounds A Tad Like

Getting punched by a lightning bolt

Price

10CHF (Bandcamp)

Location

Zürich, Switzerland

READ MORE ABOUT ‘THE GREATEST HITS’ HERE


Oh, Adeona – Oh, Adeona


File Under

Math rock, Progressive, Post-hardcore, thrash, instrumental

Sounds A Tad Like

Save Us From The Archon, Weye, Dialects

Price

$5 (Bandcamp)

Location

Fairfield, Connecticut