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?
A lot of people ask us about the name Fecking Bahamas, and also the podcast name ‘Room Temperature Suite’. Pundits of classic 90’s math rock will be quick to point out that these are references to the eminent math rock act Don Caballero.
In the first couple decades of a new century a genre music formed that became popular with the youth of the time who enjoyed underground non-mainstream music. Part of the sound of this music was forged from using innovative music technology that recently became available as well as specific playing techniques and styles not being used in other forms of contemporary music.
Storm Static Sleep: A Pathway Through Post-Rock is Jack Chuter's detailed history of the genre, with over 30 first-hand interviews with members of Mogwai, Mono, and Slint. We talked to Jack about writing the book and his thoughts on post rock today.
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.