I hate math. I’ve never been good at it and this has always caused me anxiety. So it makes sense that any band described as “Math Rock” or “Math Metal” is not going to grab my attention. Much like algebra, of which I fucked off and failed twice in high school and then once in college, I pretend this genre of rock doesn’t exist – until now.
According to Wikipedia Math Rock is a ‘rhythmically complex, guitar-based style of experimental rock that emerged in the late 1980s. It is characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures (including irregular stopping and starting), angular melodies, and dissonant chords.”
Well, that sounds like almost every band in my iTunes, which now includes Tera Melos, a three piece experimental band whose brand of music is “characterized by quickly alternating rhythmic patterns, start-stop dynamics, improvisation, two-handed tapping on the guitar, extended open-ended bridges, and the use of effect pedals and samplers.” After years of DIY touring, self-releasing a few EPs, and changes in band structure (they used to be a four piece) they’ve landed on Sargent House Records where they recorded their first full length album, Patagonian Rats, to be released on September 7, 2010.
Since I am skeptical of anything written on Wikipedia, and the fact the Tera Melos Wikipedia page has recently undergone some changes, I thought it prudent to ask someone who might know what exactly is this Math Rock and does TM fit the genre. So I called Nick Reinhart, founding member/singer/guitarist, and asked him to explain. He did.
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Curious about Math rock? Read the Wikipedia article: Math Rock2