math rock bands, list and playlist

math rock bands


math rock genre:
stylistic origins:
Indie rock / post-hardcore/  progressive rock / minimal
cultural origins:
Late 1980s, United States (Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Washington, DC and Los Angeles) and Japan

Math rock is a style of indie rock that emerged in the late 1980s in the United States, influenced by post-hardcore, progressive rock bands such as King Crimson, and 20th-century minimal music composers such as Steve Reich.

Math rock is characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures (including irregular stopping and starting), counterpoint, odd time signatures, angular melodies, and extended, often dissonant, chords. It bears similarities to post-rock.

Whereas most rock music uses a 4/4 meter (however accented or syncopated), math rock frequently uses non-standard time signatures such as 7/8, 11/8, or 13/8, or features constantly changing meters based on various groupings of 2 and 3. This rhythmic complexity, seen as mathematical in character by many listeners and critics, is what gives the genre its name.

A significant intersect exists between math rock and emo, exemplified by bands such as Tiny Moving Parts or American Football, whose sound was described as “twinkly, mathy rock, a sound that became one of the defining traits of the emo scene throughout the 2000s”.

Math rock bands 

131Knots
65daysofstatic
90 Day Men

A

Adebisi Shank
Agent Fresco
Ahleuchatistas
Algernon Cadwallader
American Football
And So I Watch You From Afar
Arcane Roots
August Moon
Autolux

B

Battles
Bats
Because of Ghosts
Beekeeper
Bellini
Black Pus
Blakfish
Blind Idiot God
Botch
Braid
Breadwinner
By the End of Tonight

C

The Cancer Conspiracy
Canvas Solaris
The Cast of Cheers
Chavez
Cheer-Accident
Chochukmo
Chon
Circus Lupus
Collections of Colonies of Bees
Colossamite
Converge
Crain
Craw
Crom-Tech

D

Dads
Damiera
Dance Gavin Dance
Daughters
Dazzling Killmen
Dianogah
The Dismemberment Plan
Don Caballero
Drive Like Jehu
Dutch Uncles

E

Ebu Gogo
The Edmund Fitzgerald
El Ten Eleven
Electro Quarterstaff
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
Enablers
Enemies
Everyoned
Everything Everything
Extol
Extra Life

F

Facing New York
The Fall of Troy
Fang Island
Faraquet
Fear Before
Fiasco
Foals
The Forms
¡Forward, Russia!
Foxing
The Fucking Champs

G

Gatsby’s American Dream
Ghosts and Vodka
Giraffes? Giraffes!
El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez

.

H

Hail the Sun
Heavy Vegetable
Hella
Zach Hill
Holy Fuck
Hot Club de Paris

I

Icarus the Owl
If Lucy Fell

J

Joan of Arc
Johnny Foreigner
June of 44

K

Keelhaul
kimono
King Crimson

L

Les Savy Fav
Ling Tosite Sigure
Lite
Little Tybee
Look Mexico

M

Make Believe
Maps & Atlases
Marmozets
Marnie Stern
The Mars Volta
Maserati
Maybeshewill
Meet Me In St Louis
The Mercury Program
A Minor Forest
Minus the Bear
MoeTar
Moneen
My Disco

N

Nekropsi
Nomeansno
The Number Twelve Looks Like You

O

Oceansize
Old Gray
On the Might of Princes
Orthrelm
Owls
OXES

P

The pAper chAse
Pattern Is Movement
Paul Newman
Pele
Piglet
Pinback
Pivot
Polvo
Protest the Hero
Public Relations Exercise
Polyphia

Q

Q and Not U

R

The Redneck Manifesto
Rhythm of Black Lines
Roadside Monument
Rodan
Rumah Sakit
Rolo Tomassi
Roo
Russian Circles

S

Shake Ray Turbine
Sharks Keep Moving
Shellac
Shiner
Shipping News
Shorty
Sleeping People
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Slint
So Many Dynamos
Speaking Canaries
Sweep the Leg Johnny
Strawberry Girls

T

Tabula Rasa
Tera Melos
That Fucking Tank
These Arms Are Snakes
Thingy
TTNG (This Town Needs Guns)
Three Trapped Tigers
Time of Orchids
Tiny Moving Parts
Toe
Tom’s Story
Tommy Alto
Tool
Tricot
Tubelord
Turing Machine

U

U.S. Maple
Ui
Umphrey’s Mcgee
Unwed Sailor
Unwound
Upsilon Acrux
Uzeda

V

Vessels
Viet Cong

W

We Are the Music Makers
We Be the Echo
We Versus The Shark
Whitest Boy Alive

Y

Yona-Kit
Yowie
Yourcodenameis: Milo
Youthmovies
Yukon

Z

Zazen Boys
Zeus!
Zu

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness.

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