David Grubbs has the kind of distinguished career that no one band or project fully represents his musical output. When his name is mentioned some might think of his ground-breaking work with early math rock innovators Bastro...
The consolation of math rock is that the unexpected is expected. The listener is often presented with a non-conventional sensory overload and, as the song finishes, are left picking up the many pieces and trying to make sense of them.
As far as we can tell, Anthony Fremont, whose namesake adorns Anthony Fremont's Garden Solutions is not in fact a physical member of the Ohio math-noise quartet. Rather, he is (purportedly) a 6 year old monster who, in between transmogrifying reality based on the thoughts he hears inside people's minds, writes music vicariously through guitarist Marcus Drake.
Grindcore is a brilliant genre; in fact, just generally, aggressive-tech-metal can be a very rewarding style of music – there’s a furious, electrifying energy captured in the violence of the music, which can ultimately prove tangibly cathartic. However, it’s such that, most often, that same energy is pumped into the creation of darker, angrier music which, without wanting to criticise, is not what listeners seeking a fix of intense, aggressive music always want.
Boston's Good Game just hit the math rock scene with their excitingly frantic EP Don't Blow It. All three tracks, but especially the aptly titled opener 'Cheating The NASA Space Physical' resemble the hectic, yet superabundantly melodic Emo-sound math-veterans like of Invalids and Colours...
All The Best Tapes are back, friends. Real back. Self-categorized under the tongue-in-cheek genre of 'thrash jazz' (about as tongue-in-cheek as 'math rock' - Ed.), the Stoke quartet are 'waking the egg' in their latest video, 'Perfect Hibernation'.
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.