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The Math Rock Thread Genre

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by Cody, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. Cody Prestigious

    Oh, boy, I wonder if I should even do this since most bands that have acquired the descriptor of math rock hate that fact. I've just had a day full of this style in the background and wanted to talk to people about it. Ran through a ton of Don Caballero, and my god, Damon Che is a fucking monster.

    I've come to terms with the fact that if someone tells me a band is really good at 'stopping and starting on a dime,' that I will probably love them.

    Also, I don't really know what to put in a first post here. Like, a big 'ol list of bands or something?

    Also also, I'm really excited for Disappointment Island.

    Also also finally also, this song rocks:

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  2. ChrisCantWrite

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  4. Dirty Sanchez

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  5. Cody Prestigious

    Maybe a round-up of essential bands/albums I can throw in the first post?
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  6. ChrisCantWrite

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  7. Cody Prestigious

    Anybody else a drums-first listener when it comes to this genre? I feel like the drummer is seriously the linchpin in these sorts of bands more often than not.
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  8. TheBaroness

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  9. Ben

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    Don't really know anything about this genre. Give me an essential album to listen to.
  10. Horrorca Jun 14, 2016
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    here are some favs:


    before ZH decided to destroy hip hop with Death Grips, ZH was destroying r&r with HELLA

    (I think this is the only HELLA album with vocals - if they turn you off (many were turned off) just try Hold Your Horse Is - me, I love them vocals)

    and Tera Melos are just real cool

    does Battles count?
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  12. Ben

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  14. cwhit

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    has no one posted TTNG yet? new record should be great.

    absolutely listen to vasudeva and gulfer, i love both those bands and those people.

    this band blows me away every time i listen to them. it's like jazzy mathy post-rock

    i have a bunch more i can get later. my friend had a radio show called "lets learn calculus" so he and i spent a lot of time talking about this sort of stuff, haha
  15. OotyPa

    fall away

  16. matthaber

    beautiful and chequered, the end

    so CHON have to be my favourite "math rock" band. Just an unbelievably talented group of people.

    Im interested in going through this thread, cause I feel I listen to a lot of bands that pull influences from the math-rock scene.
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  17. AndrewSoup

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    how exactly do you describe or define "math rock"
    that might be a good thing to put in the header/first post!
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  18. Cody Jun 25, 2016
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    Cody Prestigious

    I'll put together a post right now, but here's a googled definition:

    Math rock is a rhythmically complex, guitar-based style of experimental rock. It is characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures (including irregular stopping and starting), angular melodies, and dissonant chords.

    Yeah, basically, it's a lot of technical prowess, quick melodic changes, dissonance, stream of consciousness feel (though it's usually very meticulously written), polyrhythms, time signature changes, very interesting genre to listen to, my personal favorite. Bands like TTNG, Hella, Giraffes? Giraffes!, Tera Melos, Don Caballero, those are some of the more well-known ones probably. It's all worth checking out.
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  19. whitenblue88

    The rivalry is back on

    Agent Fresco is probably my favorite band that falls into this category (I think they do, anyways). Not super well versed in math rock so I'm looking forward to subbing and finding more!

  20. AndrewSoup

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    band that probably introduced me to the term math rock is Tiny Moving Parts (though the new LP doesn't feel quite as "mathy" as the first two)
  21. topshelfsquad

    kevin duquette

    I love Chicago's take on Math Rock over the years.

    instrumental, noodly as hell, bright tones, high energy, crazy song structures, huge riffs and big catchy choruses

    Party Mathematics EP, by noumenon
    usually instrumental, noumenon were just bonkers.

    Matt's project pre-T/T/T. Crazy guitar.

    EP, by Slow Mass
    As far as I'm concerned, this is a super group: Both Josh's (Former Thieves / IIOI), and Dave Collis (My Dad)

    Sleep Talk, by Victor Villarreal (also listen to Noyes)
    Actually, start here. You need this first before you can go anywhere else.

    Don Caballero, Braid, Their / They're / There, The One Up Downstairs, Colossal, CSTVT, Owls, Lifted Bells, even American Football.
  22. Cody Prestigious

    That fucking first T/T/T EP is goddamned masterful. "Concession Speech Writer" is a perfect song.
  23. This thread has me very interested in this genre. Gotta check out these bands.
  24. Horrorca


    why did this thread die? give us more math!
  25. amorningofsleep

    No-rope barbed wire Jones

    This and grindcore have to be my favorite genres right now. Came in specifically just to post these guys. Happy to see that someone else beat me to the punch.