Hello ‘Wrong’, goodbye Cleft


Bad news, Cleft are calling it a day. Good news, they’ve just released an incredible new album and live video. Swings and roundabouts. Cleft have always been good. I can’t remember a time when they didn’t sound amazing. When MM first picked them up, just after the release of their incredible Whale Bone EP, they were already well on their was to becoming the band they are today. Loud, technical, talented, professional, personable; it’s no wonder Dan and John have enjoyed such success as a two-piece over the last few years. And somehow, they’ve got better. Their sound has been honed, their songs refined and ideas expanded upon. And their efforts have paid off big time. They’ve shared stages with the… Read More →

MM recommends Cleft, &U&I & more in Birmingham

Cleft &U&I Birmingham

Join riff kings Cleft for their last ever Birmingham show alongside the likes of &U&I, Doppelgänger, Bearfoot Beware and more. From the Midlands? Never seen Cleft before? What the hell have you been doing with your life? Manchester’s most polite and well-behaved math rock two-piece are doing the rounds for the last time this month, and are headed to Muthers Studio for their last ever Birmingham show. So make sure to tell mum you’re going to miss dinner, ’cause this one’s gonna blow your fucking face off. Joining the turbo prog duo at their last Brum gig on the 14th of May are local hometown heroes &U&I, Wrexham alt-rock outfit Doppelgänger, fuzz fuckers Bearfoot Beware, shouty shits Classically Handsome Brutes and post-rock… Read More →

StrangeForms Festival announce first wave of bands for 2016

StrangeForms 2016

This year’s StrangeForms Festival in Leeds is set to be huge, with performances from Cleft, Alpha Male Tea Party, Vasa, Body Hound and more. For the past few years, Bad Owl have established themselves as THE promoters for left-field music in Leeds. Consistently putting on some of the best shows Yorkshire has to offer, organisers Stewart and Kerry have brought some incredible bands to the North. But with their annual Festival, StrangeForms, just around the corner, things are about to get even better. Coming into its 3rd year, StrangeForms have just announced their first wave of bands for 2016. And actually, it’s shaping up to be the best yet. This year you can expect performances from the likes of turbo-prog duo Cleft,… Read More →

10 bands to see at ArcTanGent Festival 2015

ArcTanGent Musical Mathematics Picks

With only a few weeks to go until ArcTanGent 2015, we thought we’d put a spotlight on a few of the bands we’re really looking forward to seeing. We’ve put together a list 10 bands that we can’t wait to see at this year’s festival. 10 bands that you – if you’re going to ArcTanGent this year – should definitely go and see if you get the chance. Remember, these are our choices, so sorry if we missed out your all time favourite band! It’s only a short list. We could have made it a top 50, but 10 seemed a bit more doable. So enjoy, and see you there. In no particular order, here are our picks… Chon Technical… Read More →

News | ArcTanGent announce first 40 bands for 2015 festival

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Bristol-based math rock & post rock festival ArcTanGent have just announced their first wave of bands for 2015, including The Dillinger Escape Plan, 65daysofstatic, Rolo Tomassi, Talons, Tangled Hair, Vennart, Body Hound, Cleft, 100 Onces and more. Following two incredibly successful years, Bristol’s ArcTanGent festival – well known for celebrating experimental and left-field music – have just announced a massive 40 bands who are set to play the event in 2015. Topping the bill this year are main stage headliners The Dillinger Escape Plan, Thursday early entry finishers 65daysofstatic, festival veterans Rolo Tomassi and Talons, and first timers Vennart and British Theatre. Alongside the top-billed, also set to play ArcTanGent in 2015 are: Tangled Hair / Her Name Is Calla / The Algorithm / Cleft / AK/DK / Alpha Male Tea… Read More →

Exclusive | Watch Cleft Perform Brand New Live Track ‘Me, Sugar’

Cleft Session Video 2

Small Pond have been dominating recently. All these amazing looking live ArcTanGent videos, and now a live session with Cleft – one of our favourite bands. Jeez, chill out guys, you’re making us look bad. We can’t believe it’s been over two years since we wrote our Introducing piece on Manchester’s Cleft. Back then they we’re just two mysterious guys playing this really riff-heavy music somewhere off in the unknown world of the internet. They were just a email; an unknown cosmic entity playing hard and fast melodies. But fast forward two years and Cleft are something else altogether. Not only can we now confirm that they actually exist (we’ve met Dan & John on many occasions, and they’re actually pretty good… Read More →

MM Recommends | Delta Sleep, Axes, Cleft & AMTP in Leeds

Delta Sleep Cleft Axes Alpha Male Tea Party Leeds

Delta Sleep, Axes, Cleft and Alpha Male Tea Party. All playing the same show. In Leeds. On the 28th of October. In previews like this, we normally get straight into it. We normally talk endless shit about what bands are playing a specific gig, what they sound like, and how much we love them. But with this gig, it seems kind of pointless. What else can we say about these four bands, that we haven’t said over and over again? Delta Sleep, Axes, Cleft and Alpha Male Tea Party are four bands we’ve been harping on about for years now, and by now, you’re bound to of heard of them too. And rightly so. All four are doing amazing things… Read More →

Festival Review | ArcTanGent 2014

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It’s small, nerdy and full to the brim with lesser-known bands and musicians. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. ArcTanGent, again, was flawless. Following on from its stand-out 2013 debut, Bristol’s ArcTanGent has quickly gained a reputation for being one of the UK’s most well-received music festivals. And now a year on, not only have the organisers at ATG managed to deliver yet another great music weekender, but they’ve actually inadvertently created something much better. Thursday Thursday on Fernhill Farm was all about returning bands. Picked from last year’s festival, early entry at the festival saw the building of pressure from the likes of Theo, The Physics House Band, Nordic Giants and more. Baby Godzilla smashed with an endless tirade of wireless noise… Read More →

Exclusive | Watch Alpha Male Tea Party’s new music video

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Straight off the back of their 2013 EP Real Ale and Model Rail: The Lonely Man’s Guide to Not Committing Suicide, Liverpool’s brash instrumentalists Alpha Male Tea Party return with a double A single, an impending 2nd album and even a music video… Slap bang in the middle of the modern music orgy we call instrumental music, rubbing themselves violently against the robust thighs of Cleft and up the short, yet toned Scottish calves of Vasquez, three-piece octave crushers Alpha Male Tea Party have been snappin’ necks and – presumingly – cashin’ cheques, with their commanding and devastating mix of standout, up-beat prog, math, and post rock. Having been taken under the musical wings of Manchester’s Superstar Destroyer Records, releasing their most recent… Read More →