The Modern Medley
Math the Band are a duo based in Providence, RI and Get Real is their tenth album they’ve released in their nine year run, along with a few EPs here and there. The breakneck speed of their output mirrors their sound, or at least comes close to the ferocity of it.
This album is party music. Not the type of music that’s played at a party where crowds of teens and twenties get slimy against each other, but music that fully embodies the spirit of the party. The music is infused with radical, raucous energy that channels images of mosh pits, pizza, flashing lights, head banging, breaking holes in walls, into your mind that you can’t help but feel inspired to DO something. The band has broken seven bones and suffered multiple injuries while playing this music live, including splitting one of their heads open.
Now if that description brings images of the King of Party, Andrew W.K., to your head, and you’re on the right track. This band toured with W.K., and their music definitely takes some influence off of his. The tempo is always pushing 170bpm, the instrumentals are non-stop walls of sonic energy and the vocals are usually simple, shouting melodies that are made to be screamed over a throbbing crowd of bodies in a cramped space. The instrumentals usually consist of hard-hitting guitars, 8-bit synths from old video game consoles, thrashing, manic drums and occasionally fun glockenspiel type percussion all coming together in some sort of high powered musical energy drink.
The lyrics are usually about believing in yourself, having a good time, not being an asshole and being REAL. Get Real, that’s the title of the album. It’s about being REAL. Real partying. The spirit of the party is magnificent, as it brings all to an equal level of existence, making all snootiness or social status wash away in the beer-soaked fervor, which is exactly what this album does. I likened the sound of it to jumping into a Gameboy and doing a ton of cocaine with video game characters, then having a wicked party. Not really sure what that’d be like, but this album brings me close. It’s epic, fun, danceable, PARTYABLE, and radical. Sure it has the potential to sound SUPER nerdy, but once you look past that, it’s an intensely enjoyable experience. Check it out when you can.
Stream it here on their Bandcamp: http://maththeband.bandcamp.com/
Recommended Tracks: #3, 4, 9, 11
FCC #4, 6, 8, 12