Since forming in 2017, Standards have proven to be a vibrant math-rock duo. Their self-titled EP was released just last spring and they've already prepared a basket of delectable, juicy songs for us to enjoy.
It wouldn't be an October monthly without any mention of Halloween. It all started with Samhain, an old Celtic festival where the townsfolk would light these big-ass fires and wear costumes to ward off spirits. Nowadays, its kids warding off nutrition by knocking on doors and begging for candy.
Sometimes the universe just wants you to find new music. Fate, kismet, flying spaghetti monster, call it what you will but there is a force out there helping you discover the music that turns you on. And so it was with Sweden’s Dammit I’m Mad. Perhaps it was the name? Maybe the title of the Clash article proclaiming “Extra-Dimensional Pop”? (It wasn’t the masks).
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...
July conjures up many different things: independence, faux-Christmas, and cold Antipodean weather. For us, it conjures up triumph. You see, in response to the plethora of math rock coming out, we've been battling with the challenge of making these oft overwhelming monthly wrap-ups as palatable for you guys as possible.
To quote our overlords Don Caballero: 'June is finally here'. Well, it was. And it brought with a string of wonderful odd-timed releases. We got some sterling contemporary albums from math-rock-leaning veterans...
Los Angeles math rock duo Standards went from nothing to everything seemingly overnight. The band achieved fame across the math rock and wider music community with their string of imaginative live videos, which quickly became viral sensations.