All The Best Tapes are back, friends. Real back. Self-categorized under the tongue-in-cheek genre of 'thrash jazz' (about as tongue-in-cheek as 'math rock' - Ed.), the Stoke quartet are 'waking the egg' in their latest video, 'Perfect Hibernation'.
In this very special Focus feature, we present to you the first article on the internet devoted specifically to the history of the genre of math rock. In this first instalment we trace the first elements of math rock stemming somewhere between hardcore punk in Los Angeles, and No Wave in New York.
Well, are backing tracks permissible in live music? How many 'here's one we prepared earlier' moments can a musician get away with? We discussed this controversial subject with France's finest looping two-piece Quadrupède.
In this second installment our 'How To Collect Pedals' series, Kat talks to Rory Friers of And So I Watch You From Afar about his history with guitar pedals. This article includes an exclusive live video of And So I Watch You From Afar playing at ArcTanGent, courtesy of our friends at Small Pond Recordings.