Patchwork Natives – ‘N . F . L . S’

Patchwork Natives - N . F . L . S

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’

Delta Sleep Twin Galaxies

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’

Alright The Captain Contact Fix

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’

Shambles In A Husk

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’

Axes Glory

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

Grand Beach Album Cover Review

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


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’


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’


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’


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 →

Album Review | Playlounge – ‘Pilot’


Everyone’s been waiting a long time for this one. London/Brighton duo Playlounge have certainly justified the interest that’s swamped the release of this, their debut full-length, four years into their career. 12″ EP Thrash Magic, along with all manner of 7″s, splits and singles, showcased hard-hitting emo pop songs under a blanket of dizzying fuzz. This is largely accurate of Pilot, too. With minimal listener attention, Playlounge present nine feedback drenched cuts, blending into each other with no discernible start and end. When you really focus, though, every ounce of meaning, experience and emotion that’s formed these tracks becomes strikingly apparent. Like many a debut album, Pilot mixes old and new on an almost 50/50 scale, and although none of… Read More →

Album Review | The Caution Children – ‘Safe Crusades / No Judgments / And Baby’


Astronomers estimate that in 7 billion years from now the sun will explode. I estimate that when it happens, The Caution Children will be the soundtrack… First things first, Florida’s The Caution Children have been cranking out their shoegaze drenched brand of hardcore for years already, this is their 3rd full length. How they have managed to fly under the radar for so long, with a sound this monolithic, is dumbfounding. With their latest release Safe Crusades / No Judgments / And Baby I predict this crime will continue no longer. The album is a straight up contender for most gorgeous album of 2014! A title rarely associated with hardcore, the songs simply ooze a level of sonic beauty that… Read More →

Album Review | Chet Faker – ‘Built On Glass’


Built On Glass, the latest LP to come from Aussie electronica melody maestro Chet Faker, is brimming with individuality and soul. Doing the rounds and honing his craft of jazz infused, electronic soul as Nick Murphy, before eventually taking on his alias – an alias which he has stated as being a humble homage to the late, great American jazz trumpeter – Chet Faker has been hard at work cutting his teeth in preparation for this seductively paced LP. Kicking off this twelve track wonder, is a straight-up tone setter for the rest of the album. Roll in on those easy Hammond keys, hang back for the beat and, just as the track title suggests, ‘Release Your Problems’. Strong vocal hooks… Read More →

Album Review | Former Monarchs – ‘The Cost of Living’


And So I Watched You From Afar, Enemies, Cast Of Cheers, Alarmist, Adebisi Shank; the list of amazing music from Ireland is both long and fierce. But with their debut album The Cost Of Living, four-piece Former Monarchs are definitely up there with the rest. Following the band’s first release, The Wisdom Of Crowds from 2011,  The Cost Of Living, which is to be released though Mountains of Records on the 24th March, is a highly intriguing piece of work which carefully mixes lashings of post-hardcore, indie and alternative rock. Throughout the album, harmonies constantly intertwine as echoed vocals and atmospheric jams circulate the majority of the 11 tracks. With complex ideas and dynamic patterns thrown in at different sections like newspaper… Read More →

Album Review | La Dispute – ‘Rooms of the House’


In a time of sub-genre chaos, La Dispute have come back in 2014 with Rooms of the House to make sure everybody knows you can’t keyhole every sound you hear. With it being 3 years since this 5-piece spoken-word influenced post-hardcore band’s 2nd release Wildlife, I was so excited to see what boundaries they’d set themselves on either pushing or breaking down all together. With Rooms of the House being produced by Will Yip (Balance and Composure, Title fight) it needs your immediate attention. La Dispute have a way of making their sound so distinctive, yet on each record they release there are strong comparisons to make. Having seen them gradually move away from the more metal/punk sounds of their debut EP Vancouver and… Read More →

Album Review | Owls – ‘Two’


After more than a decade spent gazing at CD stands marked by Joan Of Arc’s frightening productivity…  – with Mike growing too familiar of his delicate foray into singer-songwriter acoustics, with Tim’s claws half-sunk into a branch not half as accommodating to his experimental tendencies as he’d like, with Victor alarmed by poltergeists in his inebriated state and with Sam himself being the illusive, make believe ghost-figure from which sinfully-underrated bass tones emanate – four owls reconvene under the cover of a barn and – in the towering, self-made wake of Cap’n Jazz – are primed to predate and conquer the undernourished emo scene. ‘Four works of art […] they say one thing seen from slightly different perspectives.’ Be it an acutely self-aware… Read More →

Album Review | Posture & The Grizzly – ‘Busch Hymns’


Do you like the taste of blood in your mouth? It may not always be your own, but that distinct metallic taste of blood in your mouth remains all the same. Now mix in a heavy hint of sweat, pizza and a fat dudes hair and you should start to get an idea of how Posture & The Grizzly’s sound would taste. This is music for small venues, D.I.Y ethos and fans that like their music raw.  There is no space in this sound for people stood with drink in hand, too cool to muster more than a nod to the music. Quite simply this is feel good, party punk (though they dub it ‘Thug Punk’!), and I promise you that while… Read More →

Album Review | Tricot – ‘THE’


Admittedly, my Japanese has continued to dull and rust in a rather unflattering fashion as I’ve left behind my childhood years, and the naïve ability to convince myself that I was able to speak any language as long as I’d heard it on TV has long since faded… Fortunately for me though, this language barrier proved to be quite the opposite of a hindrance as I sat and enjoyed THE – the first full-length album from Kyoto alt rock group Tricot. In fact, there’s most definitely a certain charm to be taken from having such a fundamental lack of knowledge in regards to the groups mother tongue. I had no subject matter to keep me intrigued and so everything became… Read More →

Album Review | Johnny Foreigner – ‘You Can Do Better’


Johnny Foreigner return with their 4th album, You Can Do Better, a ten song strong barnstormer that stands as a convincing challenge to anyone and everyone. Quite frankly, it’s their best album yet. Despite being quite short, there’s no weak moment as the band seem more confident than ever before. Opening with soaring phase-induced drums in ‘Shipping’, there’s no pause for breath as you’re flung into ‘Le Sigh'; a shouty and incredibly up-beat anthem for D.I.Y ethics and home-grown music everywhere. With You Can Do Better Jofo seem to have taken their own advice and become a band they love to be in, making the album great fun to listen to. ‘Riff Glitchards’ provides the rain break entertainment for the… Read More →

Album Review | Eagulls – ‘Eagulls’


I’m not sure what’s happened to Eagulls in the last twelve months… Last year they were just a small 5 piece punk (or post-punk, whatever) band from Leeds with a self-titled EP, some split releases and a hatred for 90’s haircuts. They’d played an insane set at Beacons, and were generally falling in and out of UK towns and cities like most underground bands. Then, a few weeks ago they turned up on fucking Letterman. Who organised that? With Bill Fucking Murray. Lovely stuff. Let’s hope it helps them with the album promo, yeah? And into the album. Starting with anxiety driven ‘Nerve Endings’, Eagulls set out the template for the record: fast, pummelling drums tearing through reverbed, shoe-gaze guitars… Read More →