A non-exhaustive list of all the math rock albums we are looking forward to in 2017. And yes, there are heaps!
This week we spoke to Axes to get a sense of whether they have half as much fun offstage as they appear to have on it. As it turns out, even for the happiest band in math, there can be such a thing as too much of an after-party. Meanwhile, And So I Watch You From Afar rue a false start (and sorry end) to a lengthy European road trip, and also make a cameo as Caspian recount some very unusual hard-drinking debauchery…
And So I Watch You From Afar are a tour de force. Few bands are able to put such intense feeling into such virtuoso performances. It’s what makes their live shows such events and inspires such a devoted fanbase.
Shortly before defying both power cuts and the elements in order to deliver one of the sets of the weekend at ArcTanGent, we caught up with Boston post-rock titans Caspian to talk about what fuels their fire musically. Initially apprehensive to put all six of their names to one album, we eventually found the common ground upon which House Caspian is built.
ArcTanGent 2016 offered up one of the most bittersweet experiences, the joyous sight of the traditional Cleft and Chums ATG medley whilst knowing it would be for the very last time. Indeed, it was with huge sadness that we said goodbye to Messrs Beesley and Simm
Math-pop: twisting and turning riffs and big singalong choruses. Tubelord. Colour. It may seem unlikely that a genre so often joyous could give voice to the unique self-loathing that can come with the woes of millennial life.
When it comes to shooting a song promo, you could go all out and create a cinematic work that challenges the form of the ‘music video’ a la MJ’s ‘Thriller’, you could invent a dance craze like Queen B, or you could cause a ton of controversy like The Prodigy. Alternatively, like Boston’s Quarrels, you could just hole up in a dark bunker with plenty of mood lighting and play the damn song.
Van Gogh, to Sylvia Plath, to The Smiths. Descending from this long line of miserablists, Olympians, the Norwich...