Is it or is it not an irony that a Sydney-New York instrumental math rock duo named Ground Patrol get most of their inspiration patrolling the skies? Each of their album covers is a breathtaking aerial view of natural architecture, each snapped from a plane. According to guitarist Kyle Sanna, it's all part of the band's scope.
Where would we be as a scene without Body Hound? The band absolutely unleashed last year with one of our favourite releases of the year. In a scene dominated by gentle fret-wandering melodies and emo platitudes, the guitar-shredding, gammon-eating, Yorkshire-flag-waving BH absolutely punish their audience with a more dark and brooding from of instrumental rock. Case in point: this sensational live video from Bad Pond 2019.
There’s always been a small handful of bands that tend to break down the genre to its delicate fibers. They eschew the guitar noodles, the intense drum rolls, the pedals and other digital toys.