Hello ‘Wrong’, goodbye Cleft

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 →

Listen to Lions’ new track ‘Frankie “The Enforcer” Stecchino’

Lions

US math rock punks Lions return with a 3-way split and new track ‘Frankie “The Enforcer” Stecchino’. In a world riddled with vocal-less bands and 10-minute post-rock epics, Lions are a breath of fresh air. Since surfacing in Knoxville, Tennessee, Lions have made a name for themselves through a series of brilliant EPs, singles and splits. Mixing emotive and technical songwriting, their unique sound has quickly grown over the past few years, gaining them more and more attention. And well deserved too. With songs like ‘Defeating Verbs’ and ‘Time Spent Spending Time Apart’, it’s hard to see how anyone could not like Lions. And their new track only confirms this. Taken from their new 3-way split with Perspective, A Lovely Hand To… Read More →

Meet Me In St Louis Announce One-Off Reunion Shows

Meet Me in St Louis Band

After 8 long years, math rock heroes Meet In St Louis have just announced they will be reuniting this June for a series of one-off shows. Yes, you heard it right – Meet Me In St Louis are fucking back. This is not a joke. The 5-piece that were responsible for the legendary album Variations On Swing are set to return this June with two one-off shows – one in London and the other in Leeds. These shows will be the band’s first since their split over 8 years ago (which happened shortly after the release of their debut album) and will give long-time fans the chance to finally see Variations On Swing played live. MMVI – MMIX by Meet Me In St Louis Drummer Paul Phillips recently… Read More →

Watch Monobody perform live track ‘Country Doctor’

Monobody

After releasing one of our favourite albums in 2014, Chicago’s Monobody are back with an incredible new live session and up-coming split record. It’s been just over a year since we first heard Monobody – and luckily they’re still as good as ever. Their live version of ‘Curry Courier Career’ blew us away when it was released back in 2014, and their debut self-titled album was one of our favourites from 2015. So, naturally, we were a little bit excited when we heard the 5-piece had another live session up their sleeves. Now, if you haven’t already heard Monobody before, then you’re in for a treat. This performance of their album closer ‘Country Doctor’ is one of their best yet – and… Read More →

Watch Feed Me Jack perform new live track ‘Move Your Still’

Feed Me Jack

Yes! Feed Me Jack are back. Listen to their live session and get ready for their new EP Ultra Ego, out in early 2016. Having already put out some incredible work over the years – in the form of their astounding 2012 debut Chumpfrey, follow up EP Anatolia and Covers album – Oakland’s finest, Feed Me Jack are back with yet more brilliant music… Good news for everyone. Continuing to push and develop their eclectic modern sound, Feed Me Jack are back with a brand new live session – recorded in Concord, CA earlier this year. The session sees the band showcase the track ‘Move Your Still’ – a brand new song set to feature on Feed Me Jack’s brand new up-coming EP Ultra Ego, which is out in January 2016. You can listen… Read More →

Watch Delta Sleep share new live track ‘Strongthany’

Delta Sleep

Delta Sleep are great. Twin Galaxies is great. This new live session is great. Great. After the release of their debut album Twin Galaxies, southern four-piece Delta Sleep have been pretty unstoppable. They’ve now established themselves as one of the UK’s most consistently brilliant bands in the ‘math’ scene, and continue to be completely un-boring; as captivating live and they are on record. And this new live session is proof of just that. Teaming up with Twin Galaxies producer Tom Le Beau Morley in the exact space the record was tracked, Delta Sleep’s new session – filmed by the guys at Milk Time Productions – features their incredible album closer ‘Strongthany’. It’s a beautifully constructed track that shows the band at their very best. You can watch… Read More →

Watch Body Hound tear shit up in Manchester

Body Hound Live Shot

Last month, Body Hound played to a rammed Gullivers in Manchester. And this was the result. Over a year ago, Sheffield-based instrumental four-piece Body Hound released their debut EP, Rhombus Now. A truly ridiculous fucking record. And now, in 2015, we’re still listening, trying to figure out how the hell they did it. After seeing them in Leeds last year, and after catching their incredible set on the main stage at ArcTanGent this August, it’s fair to say they’re not pissing about. Rhombus Now  wasn’t a one off. It wasn’t a bedroom project or a joke. It was the start of something new. Something good. Something unique. Having been up and down the country playing on a bunch of different bills and line-ups,… Read More →

New bands announced for ‘Bad Pond’ Brighton All-Dayer

BAD POND Brighton All-Dayer

Town Portal, Sleep Kit and Wild Cat Strike join line up for Brighton All-Dayer, ‘Bad Pond‘. After big boy Brighton heavyweights Small Pond Recordings and Bad Math announced they were putting on an all-dayer – the line up has gone from strength to strength. And with this last announcement, it’s set to be one unforgettable day of intense alternative and experimental music. Joining the already incredible line up of first-class left-field bands, including Palm Reader, Delta Sleep, Cleft, Let’s Talk Daggers, Written In Waters, Calico and Cousin, Bad Pond have just dropped three more bands into the mix. Small Pond’s very own Town Portal join the line up, alongside BSM favourites Sleep Kit and local Brighton alt-four-piece Wild Cat Strike. Early bird… Read More →

Town Portal announce UK/EU dates and live video

Town Portal Small Pond

Copenhagen’s finest, Town Portal, are hitting Europe and the UK this Autumn. After the release of their much anticipated second album The Occident, and an unstoppable tour with Alarmist earlier this year, Town Portal are coming back to the UK this October with a string of dates in the south, hitting London, Brighton and Bristol – the big three. As well as a short UK leg, Town Portal have also announced a number of dates in Europe across France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Town Portal have been impressing audiences with their unique, sludgy, and intricate instrumental sound now for over 4 years, ever since the release of the debut EP Vacuum Horror. And the three-piece show no signs of stopping. Releasing their brand new live… Read More →