Friday, March 21, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: Race to Your Face “This Be EP” (Fern Records)

                There has always been a soft spot in my heart for math rock and I never truly understood why until I listened to this cassette.   On this EP by Race to Your Face there are barely any vocals (some slight on the first song, but not even really words) and the songs can steer away from the blatant math rock formula and delve into bands like The Casket Lottery, I Kill Giants and Buttons and Mindy.   On the whole though, this is a math rock album.

                Years upon year s ago, I had a friend in a band that also ran a label and he was very heavily into the math rock.  I had almost completely forgotten about him and really should look him up to see if he’s still making music and all.   This tape is what made me think of him though because all I could think of was there being this quality to a band that when I placed them I remembered him releasing an album of theirs (not that their name matters now)

                The drumming on this EP is strictly amazing and really accents the guitar riffs perfectly.   While I do believe this to be mostly math rock still, which is fine by me, at the end it does take a turn into the world of video games.   Now lately I’ve been listening to a lot of 8bit music but this isn’t being made with Gameboys or even computers in any way.   No, this type of video game sound recalls to mind more the band The Advantage, who I also really need to look up and see whether or not they still exist.

                A good piece of music makes you want to listen to it over and over again until the band makes new songs and then you add those into the mix as well.  A good cassette can help you to jar a certain sense of nostalgia in many ways.   “This Be EP” by Race to Your Face does both.

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