Patchwork Natives – ‘N . F . L . S’

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On their debut EP, N . F . L . S, Patchwork Natives present one of the most diverse instrumental records we’ve heard in a long while. Since forming in early 2013, Brighton three-piece Patchwork Natives have dedicated themselves to the art of music and songwriting. Living and breathing the project – Liam, James and Tommy have spent the better part of 3 years building and perfecting their eclectic instrumental sound. And with N . F . L . S, their hard work has finally paid off. N . F . L . S (Newtons Flaming Laser Sword) is the name of Patchwork Natives’ debut EP. It’s a short but brilliantly diverse release that showcases just how incredible and exciting instrumental music can be. At its heart, N . F… Read More →

Album Review | Delta Sleep – ‘Twin Galaxies’

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Delta Sleep’s debut album is hands down, one of the best releases of 2015 so far. The last three weeks have been an absolute dream. Getting to know Delta Sleep’s first full length has been a pleasure – a rich experience full of endless ups and down. And I genuinely don’t remember the last time a record made me feel like that. It’s been a long wait though. Over 2 years have passed since Management, and in the meantime Delta Sleep have been through a lot. But through line-up changes and periods of hibernation the band have finally released their debut album, Twin Galaxies – a record which sets the bar for math rock and alternative music in the UK. A complex, yet beautiful… Read More →

Album Review | Alright The Captain – ‘Contact Fix’

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It’s ambitious, complex, convoluted, confusing and ridiculous, but Alright The Captain‘s new release Contact Fix offers a refreshing take on instrumental music in 2015. Derby’s Alright The Captain are old. I mean, they’re not old, old – but they’ve definitely been around the block a few times. But that’s a good thing. Over the past five or so years, the trio have gigged, toured, recorded, promoted, marketed, crowdfunded, PR’d, networked, designed and distributed. They’ve worked as hard as a band possibly can in this day and age. And thankfully, they’re still around to see the benefits. First off, for whatever reason, instrumental music isn’t weird anymore – at least not like it used to be anyway. Bands without vocalists used to freak… Read More →

Album Review | Shambles In A Husk – ‘Die Device Die’

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It’s difficult to listen to Shambles In A Husk without thinking of a certain band whose name pays homage to the conclusion of Homers ‘Illiad’. However, it is in their similarities to another (unarguably) lesser known Equal Vision artist from days of yore, Hot Cross (strictly Risk Revival era mind), that warms me to their twiddly shoutiness. I’ve always admired Hot Cross’ ability to fuse rough, hardcore passion and delicious guitar licks bordering on math, with an emphasis on emotive melody over self indulgence. And it’s a tactic Shambles In A Husk use to great effect in opening track of their EP Die Device Die.  ‘Cowboy Doom’ utilises its tight harmonious lead riffs to steer the melody, leaving the heavier chords free… Read More →

Album Review | Axes – ‘Glory’

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since Axes burst on the scene as the newest members of the Big Scary Monsters alumni. Label: Big Scary Monsters Release: 3rd November 2014 FFO: This Town Needs Guns, Tangled Hair, Foo Fighters (read on…) Glory is, in theory, regarded as Axes’ debut LP. Not that you’d know it from the supreme confidence that flows through each of its ten tracks, though. Opener ‘The One’ is blisteringly huge, with an outro that signals a move away from the twiddly and towards the chunky; sounding like the bloody Foo Fighters. Album number two (or one, I still haven’t figured this out) proves a much more calculated effort from Axes. Where their self-titled mini-album sometimes let… Read More →

Album Review | Grand Beach – Self-Titled

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Grand Beach – a small, and almost unheard of band from Winnipeg, Canada – have triumphed in making one the most exciting records of 2014. This record is – in my eyes – flawless. But, for some reason it feels like I’m the only person listening to it. And I have no idea why. Why aren’t you listening to this fucking record? Here we have a seemingly unknown band from Canada – its members known primarily for their involvement in other bands (most prominent being Alex Litinsky’s A.M. Overcast) – and an album with almost no prior promotion or label support, and yet, it’s one of the most well-formed and unbelievable debuts of 2014. How the fuck did this happen? Yeah, ok –… Read More →

Exclusive | Stream Alpha Male Tea Party’s brand new LP

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Instrumental music is everywhere these days. But no one makes records quite like Alpha Male Tea Party. We’ve been lucky here at Musical Mathematics. Liverpool’s Alpha Male Tea Party have spoilt us rotten over the years with some absolutely amazing records, each better than the last. But with the release of their 2nd full-length record, Droids, our luck has finally run out, because it doesn’t get any better than this. Set for release via Superstar Destroyer Records on the 2nd of June, Alpha’s monster 10-track exploitation of brute force, chaotic melodies and all-out distorted power is an absolute must have for fans of astounding production values, monumental riffs and creative songwriting. In aid of the impending release of Droids, we’re immensely happy to be… Read More →

Album Review | Goodtime Boys – ‘Rain’

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Lift up your fists and fight my boy, for today, you become a man… America has held a strong monopoly in the recent resurgence of great hardcore/post-hardcore music. Pianos Become The Teeth have become the band that all upcoming melodic hardcore bands try to be. Touché Amore has blown up to insane levels. Defeater, La Dispute, Frameworks, The Saddest Landscape, State Faults, the list goes on! Though some great bands are flying the flag for UK hxc, to name but a few, More Than Life, Departures and Bastions, none have made a huge impact on an international level. This is where Bridge 9’s Goodtime Boys come in. Anyone involved in the genre will know Goodtime Boys are the UK’s answer… Read More →

Album Review | Up River – ‘Undertow’

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If you’re a fan of the style of hardcore penned by US bands like Verse, Have Heart and Defeater then listen up on this one. Three years on from their first demo, Up River’s first full length, Undertow, is one of the most exciting UK prospects for the more melodic side of hardcore in quite some time. After the departure of previous vocalist Alex Batchelor a few years ago, Harry Huntington moved from bass to vocals and the results are brilliantly tearing. His voice consistently has that element of emotional drowning coupled with the anger and frustration that is absolutely vital to the impact of this music. Unlike some other supposed ‘melodic hardcore’ records, the guitars have the bite to… Read More →

Album Review | Two Knights – ‘Shut Up’

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One look at the album artwork serves as a test as to whether you will love or hate this album… Think back to school, were you the kid giving or receiving the headlock? If you were giving the headlock, kindly leave now, you are in the wrong place. For those that remain, imagine blood rushing to your head, the clamp like clasp of the “T” cap kid getting tighter. Do you fight on, or do you just accept the inevitable and pass out feebly. Before you give up, know that you are not alone. Just out of frame a pair of dudes are suffering your same ordeal. They too are nerdy, they wear glasses, New Balance shoes and have both real… Read More →