fter a couple of years on the scene, New Orleans quartet Static Masks will evolve to a higher form of Pokemon as they release their debut album this Friday. Late Bloomer wanders gracefully between the boundaries of math rock, shoegaze, indie and emo revival. It's eight tracks are punchy but unhinged, coherent but just a little askew to keep things unpredictable. We're loving it here in FB-land so this week we're bringing it to you a little earlier.
For as long as I have been aware of triumphant Leeds math rock trio, Tall Talker, I have been totally enamoured with them; their ability to create complex, “mathematical” music which remains tasteful and solidly abundant in groove has them ranked pretty highly in my books.
he great challenge for any instrumental band is to communicate the themes of their work to listeners with a paucity of words, usually confined to song titles, album names, or intermittent vocals. When it comes to math rock, the clean toned and frenetically tapped guitar often reigns supreme in many fan circles. But it begs the question: what is the breadth of its musical language; how much can it really communicate before it alls sound the same? Math rock is predominantly a guitar-lead genre, but what will happen when the products of its tools become saturated and all too familiar?
In 2014, Chicago's Bathing Resorts released their debut EP Snacks, a medley of energetic math rock clocking in at around nine minutes. It was, by all accounts, a snack. A quick source of nourishment; a burst of dazzling flavours...