Well, what were we really expecting? You combine two of the most eccentric France bands on the market, PoiL and ni, and what do you get? Yes indeed, an insatiable orgy of prog, spazzed-out jazz, and maximalist art-rock. This is PinioL, and here is Bran Coucou.
There's a spectrum of sorts when it comes to melody in instrumental rock. Some bands will introduce one melody and develop it over time, using the power of repetition to drive a narrative. Other bands will compile many melodies played in quick succession, opting for variety rather than development.
March has been a fantastic month for fresh tunes, with many exciting debuts and unexpected returns from hiatus; and we'd be absolutely buggered right-to-left trying to complete write-ups for every single album...
From time to time, we run into a band like Germany's Lingua Nada and we ask ourselves the following quasi-philosophical question: does a band start with chaos and shape it into coherency, or do they start with coherency and shape it into chaos?
The wait for a new Tangled Hair LP is finally over. No more binge watching their Milktime Productions sessions or playing their EP’s and Apples on repeat. They’ve returned with a carefully planned and brilliantly executed record that retains the familiarity of their sound while incorporating captivating nuances.
The first time I saw Axes was in London 2014 at one of the most stacked math rock shows I've ever been to, and they were the only band I had never heard of before. Needless to say, I became a lifelong fan then and there - the energy and exhilaration they transmit on stage with their playful tunes and antics is something to behold.
I admit, it's kind of strange to describe math rock tracks as 'jams'. The word 'jam' implies that a bunch of muso's can pick up instruments and follow along to a common pulse of sound. The dissonant nature of math rock surely makes this simple affair rather awkward and complex, maybe even impossible.