Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mathcast: Photo Essay

We've been doing our companion podcast, Mathcast, for a little over 2 years now. It is both a labor of love and joyful monthly ritual in which we discuss some of brightest artists in extreme and underground music, and last September our good friend and photographer, Vincent Courtoy, sat in on a recording session to capture that joy.

September podcast, 2018. Photos by Vincent Courtoy:

Friday, February 8, 2019

Mathcast Episode 29: 2/5/19

This is the 29th episode of our podcast, in which we discuss Blind Girls, Cloudburst, Inertia, Great Falls, The Air Turned to Acid, revisit Potion, and interview the homie Quade Ross (Car Made of Glass, Potion, TEBOTJF, Antarctica, et al).

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Needle Play - "Doomster Baby"

Needle Play are a mathcore band based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in late 2017, the band was originally featured on episode 23 of our podcast before seeing a slight lineup change with the addition of pianist Jonathan Jasperse and vocalist Tyler Tremblay, bassist and backing vocalist of MouthBreather, who both add exciting new energy to this already promising project. Tremblay's time in MouthBreather has obviously paid off, and it's clear by this raw vocal performance that he is equally comfortable with the role of front-man. Needle Play also further play to their already jazzcore leaning tenancies with the addition of piano accompaniment, and today we have the pleasure of bringing you the first single from their debut album, "Cruel Spring," which certainly highlights that. Fans of mathcore stalwarts, The Number Twelve Looks You, and next-gen mathcore darlings, like NoiSays, which also feature abundant jazzy interludes and off the wall time changes, will be all over this.

"Cruel Spring" is out April 9th via Bandcamp

Friday, January 18, 2019

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Steaksauce Mustache - "Dance Cops"

If you couldn't tell by the name, Steaksauce Mustache don't take shit too seriously. The band have been bringing their special brand of humor to the PNW for the past 5 odd years, quickly growing a reputation for zany live shows with off-the-wall antics:

Now Steaksauce have returned with what is more or less their 3rd full-length effort via Silent Pendulum Records (The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Dead Empires, et al), and they are not fucking around. I mean, they are but er...well, you know what I mean. The band channels all the best elements of hardcore / mathcore acts like Every Time I Die, The Chariot, and The Dillinger Escape Plan, all with their signature hilarious gusto, and today we have the pleasure of you bringing the first single from their new album, "Superwoke." "Dance Cops" lives up to its name, starting off with an infectious 2-step and quickly moving into the chaotic space the band most often occupies. Also, there's abundant use of the whammy pedal, and who doesn't love that?

"Superwoke" is out March 15th via Silent Pendulum Records.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Freighter - “Psychic Reading ‘94”

My heart jumps a little each time I discover a new chaotic, technical, or progressive act coming out of California, especially when it's coming out of the Bay Area. Although Freighter were originally conceived in Wisconsin in 2006, the band has since relocated to San Francisco, and today we have the pleasure of bringing you their first single in 11 years, "Psychic Reading '94." The band plays a blend of progressive metal and mathcore akin to SikTh, The Dillinger Escape PlanProtest the Hero, and Cleric, with stop on dime changes, unhinged rhythms, and angular riffage, so y'all should eat this shit up.

"The Den" drops this spring via Bandcamp.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Interview with James Spence of Rolo Tomassi

Mathcore Index interviews James Spence of Rolo Tomassi on their run of US dates with The Number Twelve Looks Like You.  

Originally aired on Mathcast episode 28.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Mathcast Episode 28: 1/5/19

This is the 28th episode of our podcast, in which we discuss Limbs, Femur, Irk, Eddie Bunker, Benjamin Blue, Life Is Precious, Countdown from Ten, Infinite Nomad, revisit Forests, recap favorite releases of 2018, and interview James Spence of Rolo Tomassi.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Best of 2018: Leftovers Edition

I know our original list was pretty comprehensive, but we're not finished yet. Here is some more good shit from 2018 that you may have missed, some of which we forgot entirely. Additionally, some of these aren't necessarily mathcore*, just some good music we liked that came out last year, OK? Alright then.

*we here at Mathcore Index like to keep it eclectic, so brace yourself if you're expecting absolutely no crossover.

ZOICC - "Vol. 1 The Book of Herman"

ZOICC's lineup splintered briefly into ZOICCULT earlier in the year (since then becoming Cruel World Collective), and in the shuffle we totally forgot about these exceptional 4 tracks of mathcore in the vein of The Number Twelve Looks Like You and The Dillinger Escape Plan.

Bandit - "Warsaw"

Pennyslvania's Bandit managed to squeeze this one at this last second, and it's 6 short tracks of filthy grind and hardcore that would make Pig Destroyer blush, and you can blast through in less 5 minutes, so there's really no excuse to not listen to this.

Blind Girls - "Residue"

Australia's Blind Girls brings 11 tracks of hard-hitting, chaotic screamo with a bit of technical flair.

Inertia - "Teratoma"

Buffalo's Inertia deliver a perplexingly eclectic blend of technical and progressive metal with disparate math rock passages.

Azusa - "Heavy Yoke"

Members of Extol and The Dillinger Escape Plan come together for 11 tracks of solid progressive metal.

Sleepsculptor - "Untimening"

Another Pennsylvania act we forgot, Sleepsculptor's debut EP is 5 tracks of heavy and chaotic metalcore, with frantic, sometimes shrieking dual vocals (a personal highlight for me) and savage breakdowns.

Gouge Away - "Burnt Sugar"

Whoops. This was a totally obvious one if you follow Deathwish Inc's output. A really fun post-hardcore album that for me recalls early At the Drive-In, Drive Like Jehu, The Jesus Lizard, and (apparently) The Pixies.

c0mputer - "Consequences of Mass Production Under the Entertainment Regime"

Another "whoopsie." Legit even own this one on Bandcamp and still somehow missed it. Sassy lo-fi mathcore from Florida.

PinioL - "Bran Coucou"

Another album I literally own and totally forgot to mention. If you like weird, the members of Ni and PoiL have got you.

Malevich / Iron Gag split

Would you believe me if I said I forgot 3 things that are actually in my Bandcamp collection? Members of Georgia's LadyBird reform for something even MORE dark and sinister on their split with Iron Gag.

Kodos - self-titled

Sassy screamo injected mathcore / false-grind in the vein of Gas Up Yr Hearse and SeeYouSpaceCowboy.

PlasticBag FaceMask - "How to Kill a Dead Franchise"

PlasticBag FaceMask have impressively stepped up their game in the past few years.

IKEA Mutilation Manual - "Construction of Compulsive Chagrin"

...speaking of weird, Belgium's IKEA Mutilation Manual's music is a strange and oddly assembled as the name would imply, but ultimately an enjoyable and eclectic listen of mathcore, prog, and bizarre samples.

Shaving the Wearwolf - "One Way Ticket to Dick City"

Just another bizarre, sassy mathcore band, nothing to see here. I fucking dare you not to laugh at that album title.

Anna Sage - "Downward Motion"

France's Anna Sage deliver 6 tracks of metallic hardcore in the vein of Cult Leader, Converge, and Scarlet.

Comess - "Botched and Flailed"

Absolutely disgusting and dark. Comess were another band facing lineup difficulties this year, but they managed to deliver a great album, showing once again that Colorado knows how to brutal.

Bave - "The Gosh of Hellfire"

Solid instrumental math rock out of Detroit.

Sloth & Turtle - self-titled

Caught this band with Standards, and was very impressed with their performance. Dreamy, chill math rock with lots of pedal work and 2 handed tapping.

Northwoods - "Wastelands"

Italy's Northwoods bring 6 tracks of solid metallic hardcore in the vein of Converge.

No Right - "Unjustified"

Had to give some love to local Bay Area hardcore. Excellent debut from this young band, and a energetic live show as well.

156/Silence - "Undercover Scum"

Produced by at Bricktop Recordings, which churns out some of the heaviest shit out there.

The Arusha Accord - "Juracan"

Not a terribly impressive comeback, considering the 8 year gap, but still worth a spin.

Pig Destroyer - "Head Cage"

Speaking of Piggy D, this is definitely not their best work, but it's still better than a ton of other metal and grind releases this year.

Zeta - "Magia Infinita"

A fun album that will most likely please fans of The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In, and any associated Bixler-Zavala / Rodríguez-López projects.

The Nietzsche - "Finals"

This didn't make my original cut, but seeing as how it's the band's *final* EP, we decided to include it in this roundup.

Street Sects - "The Kicking Mule"

This didn't hit me the right way the first time, but the more I listen the more I began to like it. I enjoyed this for the same reasons as The Armed's new record, with its electro-metal / cybergrind sound a la Genghis Tron and Cutting Pink With Knives mixed with Blood Brothers and..idk, no wave? Shit is wild.

Nightmarer - "Cacophony of Terror"

Members of War From a Harlots Mouth, The Ocean, and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky bring 10 tracks of dissonant, heavy, and technical death metal.

Pound - self-titled

Instrumental tech metal / mathcore on Silent Pendulum (Dead Empires, The Number Twelve Looks Like You).

So that's it. Did we forget anything else outstanding? Let us know: