Roll out to the Red Hat February 23rd in Concord for the homies in Steaksauce Mustache with Pound, Pervert, Tengentum, and Lost to the Void, presented by Mars Productions and sponsored by Mathcore Index!
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.
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?
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 Plan, Protest the Hero, and Cleric, with stop on dime changes, unhinged rhythms, and angular riffage, so y'all should eat this shit up.
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.
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.
There were so many incredible releases this year I was having a bit of anxiety about leaving some stuff out, so apart from my top 10 full-lengths I also did a comprehensive roundup of EPs and honorable mentions that I believe deserve just as much attention as the LPs listed below. Finally, this list was determined by a combination of Bandcamp, Spotify, and Last.fm (go ahead and laugh, charted 10+ years of listening) and naturally my level of enjoyment, so rest assured your boy gave this a lot of thought. Let's go.