Commonly perceived as a complex, vivacious and technical, math rock appears to be far removed from anything that could be considered laid back, loose, and 'slack'. Yet, for Brighton instrumental rockers Cousin, the incorporation of 'slacker rock' motifs into their mathematical sound certainly seems possible. We talked to the Brighton lads about their songwriting, their influences, and their sound.
Pedals and other effects devices have slowly but surely become a staple in the math rock scene. Michael Whiteside explores the key effects that are used to take the math rock sound to new heights.
According to Kassei, Geraardsbergen is one of the country’s sleepiest provincial towns. An exemplary slice of the great Belgian pastoral. It was in Geraardsbergen that the band's four musicians started bouncing material off each other in a garden shed. 'Kassei' is the Belgian word for 'cobblestone', it sounds rather fitting given the bucolic nature of the band's early days.
August, or as we like to pronounce it 'Arctangent', was an absolute killer this year. We've seen some big release from acts like toe, tide/edit and Delta Sleep. We've also had the pleasure of witnessing the annual niche rock festival extraordinaire that is ATG. The seasons are changing across the world around but before we move forward let's do a comprehensive recap of the month that was. As with previous instalments, click a tab below to see our favourite releases of August...
Well, last month we started something that proved to be rather popular with you folk. Ya like ya new math rock releases in bite-sized summary form? Well, we're totally happy to oblige going forward! It's the end of another month and, as we nod our goodbyes to the international Commonwealth Games and embrace North Korean denuclearization, here is a round up of our favourite releases from April.
a 51. If Lucy Fell – You Make Me Nervous (2005) With instantly recognisable dissonant, distorted thumps and squeals;...
For a decade now, Tiny Moving Parts have been honing their unique blend of emo, pop-punk, and math rock. This self-proclaimed family band, consisting of brothers Matt and Billy, and their cousin Dylan, has been on a steady successful incline especially since signing to Triple Crown Records in 2014. Their latest effort, Swell, is proof that the trio are constantly finding new ways to push the envelope and keep their listeners excited.
or fans of math, and other forms of wierdo rock music, Brighton is increasingly becoming seen as a glimmering promised-land; not only is it home to a serious roster of ridiculously great acts but a thriving live-music scene. And, as 2018 rolls in, one of Brighton’s most formidable promoters, Small Pond, have released the first wave of bands set to play this year’s edition of the Bad Pond festival; a weekend’s celebration of incredible math/alternative music.