Tags: Indie Rock, Math Rock
Genre: Math-Rock, Indie Rock
Location: Buffalo, NY
Label: Equal Vision
04. Via Invested
05. I AM Pulse
06. Ember Eason
08. Flora: Yield
09. Broken Hands
Damiera was easily my favorite band of last year. The mixture of constant off-tempo changes, mathy guitar riffs, and perfect half-falsetto vocals really hit it with me. After being thoroughly obsessed with them for around a year, I was able to see them in Bloomington, IN with Man Without Wax at an old cinema turned venue. It was one of the best moments of the year, after an entire year of attending barely any shows. I would go into this band much more in depth, but I’ll just let the music speak for itself.
Genre: Indie Rock, Math-Rock
Location: Oxford, UK
Label: Sargent House
It seriously angers me on how long I slept on this band. My really good friend, Brian, over at When We Were showed this to me about six months ago. I liked some of it, but it didn’t really stick with me. Of course, now it hits me on how good this album truly is. The musicianship is flawless, with unbelievable mathy guitar and the unexpected use of double-bass drumming.
Genre: Noise, Post-Punk, Math-Rock
Location: Madison, WI
Label: Sector Five/FlannelJammies
01. The Treaty of New
02. Signing Contracts, Building Stockades
03. The Forced March of Manifest Destiny
04. White King, Red Rubber, Black Death
05. Invention vs. Innovation
06. A Spectre is Haunting Europe
07. The Irish Problem
08. Simplify, Semper Fi
Self-described as “noisy Midwestern math rock delivered by populist theoreticians,” I don’t think it could be more well said. Even though they use the words “math rock”, I feel the words “punk math rock” would be more well suited. There are some mathy riffs, but the heavy punk roots are evident in every song from the instruments to the yelling group vocals. These guys are coming through Cleveland on 10/21 at Now That’s Class, I can imagine what “The Irish Problem” will be like there.
Genre: Indie Rock, Math Rock
Location: Northwest Indiana, US
2. Mr. Tappers
3. Paved With Gold pt. II
4. The Lonely Cactus Trailer Park
5. The People of Gary Welcome You
6. Snake Killer
7. We Could Ride The Wildcats
9. Adilade, This is God…You are Drunk!
In my last post about Snakeosaurus Rex, I said that they had won a local Battle of the Bands competition. Well they won because of most of the songs on this record. Then I saw them at a small charity show in the middle of a street, and they still absolutely killed it with these tunes. All I can say is that “Fireload” and “Snake Killer” are some of the best songs I’ve heard this year. They still heavily channel Minus the Bear, but these jams are too damn good to care.
Genre: Indie Rock, Math Rock,
Location: Edwardsville, IL
01. Artifacts of Sound
03. The Novelty of Haunting
04. New Bones
05. If You Didn’t Want to Know
06. Oh, the Devastation
07. Keep It Simple
09. It’s Gonna Rain
10. The Forumlap
I was immediately caught on this band just by the first few seconds of The Loud Wars. “Artifacts of Sound” has a groove that kills throughout the entire sound. I wouldn’t call this album catchy, but the musicianship is flawless. Also, what is So Many Dynamos spelled backwards?
Genre: Math Rock, Experimental
Location: Chicago, IL
Label: Sick Room
01. It’s Time For A Dip In The Secretarial Pool
02. Harry Caray Frontier Guide Hawkeye
03. We Prefer A Little Hair Down There
04. Go To: http://www.eeob.net/freestuff
05. Labia Arabia
06. “Fast Acting Nite-Nite Spray With Realistic Uncle Beard”
07. One Always Look Neat in a Hat Made of Meat
08. 10 Million Scientologists Can’t Be Wrong
I remember when these guys went on a small tour and stopped in Cleveland…kind of. My band played with them at a tiny venue called Club 87 in Middlefield, OH. While they were somewhat disappointed because the venue was not up to par and there were few people there, they still put people’s jaws on the floor. It is definitely some of the most obscure, yet interesting math rock I have ever heard. Just look at the song names!
Genre: Indie Rock, Math Rock, Drum N Bass, Jungle
Location: Cleveland, OH
Label: Hey Now!
1. Lake Effect Snow
3. Based On Silence
5. Captain Kneal
Captain Kneal and the Noisemakers break down into the most epic riffs and jams. Sometimes it’s too much to handle , but still a good fix.
Genre: Indie Rock, Math Rock
Location: Valparaiso, IN
1. Hell Yeah…
2. This ain’t no rap song
3. Drumbeats that go ching-ching…
4. The Disco
I went to a battle of the bands competition at my college, and I recall bands playing rock (“Free Bird”), hardcore, rap, and other sorts. The last band to go up and play was Snakeosaurus Rex, listing influences of Minus the Bear and Russian Circles. Naturally they won.