This Just In: The Fall Of Math

In 2004 I was deep in the throes of post rock… I spent a ton of time drumming in an impossibly arduous post rock outfit with a rotating cast of guitarists who just couldn’t handle “these long-ass songs”. Twice a week I’d make a 1-hour trek to a suburb of Portland to play in this horribly cramped, subdivided rehearsal space with laughable electrical problems. The guy who owned the space would often be hopped up on meth, walking around the warehouse on stilts. I couldn’t make this stuff up.

We destroyed light bulbs, amp tubes, wall sockets and hands, playing for hours on end in winter (with no heat), all in the name of wanting to make a bold, instrumental statement like some of our favorite bands. Two of which were From Monument To Masses and 65daysofstatic. They played mathy post rock with political samples and glitchy, electronic flourishes. I was in awe and wanted to do the same thing. Problem was, our band sucked. I mean, as individual musicians we were OK, but I think we got a little too carried away with overplayed concept and forgot how to be original. The band broke up (duh!) and sort of became a record label instead (that has never released a post rock album). Even though it’s all ridiculous in retrospect, I still think fondly of that time and the sounds I was obsessed with.

So, here’s to the 10th anniversary of 65daysofstatic’s debut album The Fall Of Math – finally available on vinyl! And may I never attempt write a post rock song again.

65daysofstatic – The Fall Of Math LP+CD:
Listen: “Retreat! Retreat!”
“…After Sheffield foursome 65daysofstatic issued its rhythmically advanced studio missive of The Fall Of Math in 2004, on the audacious Monotreme Records, words suddenly clicked with the sounds in the air. Pairing agonised guitars and a progressive rhythm section with spatial programming more akin to acts on the same city’s legendary Warp Records, the reinvigorated older genre of math rock sat squarely on the band’s technical shoulders.

This 11-track voyage – expanded to 20, collecting EP tracks and B-sides, for the anniversary edition – starts with the sampled monologue ‘Another Code Against The Gone’. It sets out their hybrid stall and refutes the rock band taboo of meddling with dark electronics. Track two, ‘Install A Break In The Heart That Clucks In Arabic’, launches and concludes as delicately as one could imagine – but the centre of the song is a plasticised landscape where anything seemingly could happen. A seething cacophony of distortion drops into a scything breakbeat interlude that almost sounds imported from Squarepusher’s hard drive. Yet it’s a brave insertion that instantly wins the hearts of wider-thinking rock fans

Track three is equally propulsive. ‘Retreat! Retreat!’ is a visceral song still held by many fans as the band’s finest work. Teasing with a melodious glockenspiel before crushing us with their heavy and thrillingly progressive guitars, the band then traverses a 10/4 time signature while making this sonic illusion feel perfectly normal. The next eight tracks deploy similar codas of cerebral, spacious and quiet musings, subsequently poleaxed by gloriously vicious sonic explosions. ‘Default This’, a synapse-blasting electronic drum sequence, conjures a vacuum of shock that the soon-to-be signature swell of ‘I Swallowed Hard, Like I Understood’ amply fills. ‘Hole’, later leading an EP of the same name, is vast in its vision and features a raft of bursting B-sides. Although ‘Fix The Sky A Little’ feels like a coiled rapier, sliding smoothly by wrought experience, we’re wise to its insidious ability to explode at any given off-kilter moment.

Over the years we’ve come to appreciate that 65dos are possessed by an ability to wield huge slabs of sound around our dancing ears. It’s one of their true talents. Their illusion of sonic architecture is vast and they squat in the same live bracket of similar structural manipulators Autechre or the technically adept minimal dance producers of Plastikman or Jeff Mills. 65dos however killed the old-fashioned way with ricocheting live drums and an armada of processed guitars.

The Fall Of Math thus set a path for these outsider rockers to exist for the last glorious decade, seducing us more deeply with every release. Alongside obvious bedfellows such as Battles and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, they’ve kept a spacious area to the left side of rock music deliriously pumped full of a mix of exotic air and strange gasses which still have the power to intoxicate us at every listen.” -Clash Music

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Everything is falling… new releases, reissues and restocks.
Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues LP, CD
Arctic Monkeys – AM LP; Suck It And See LP
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today LP
Atlas Sound – Parallax LP
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders LP; The Low End Theory 2LP
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Enter The Slasher House 2LP, CD
Bad Brains – s/t LP
Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique 2LP
Bonobo – North Borders 2LP
Burial – Rival Dealer 12”
Cat Power – Moon Pix LP; You Are Free LP; The Greatest LP; Sun 2LP
Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else LP
Cure – Disintegration 2LP, 3CD
Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual 30th Anniversary Ed. LP
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest LP
Deftones – White Pony 2LP
Denny & The Jets – Mexican Coke LP
Diarrhea Planet – Yama-Uba 7”
Downliners Sekt – Silent Ascent 2LP
Edith Piaf – La Vie En Rose LP
EMA – The Future’s Void LP, CD, CS
Faint – Doom Abuse LP
Fucked Up – Couple Tracks: Singles 2002 2LP
Future Islands – Singles LP, CD
Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here LP
Grizzly Bear – Shields B-Sides LP; Yellow House LP
Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors LP
Heterotic – Weird Drift LP
Jeremy Goldsmith – The Omen OST
Jim White – The Mysterious Tale Of How I Shouted…LP
John Cage – Early Electronic & Tape Music LP
Kelis – Food 2LP
Knife – Shaking The Habitual 3LP
Kurt Vile – Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze 2LP
Liars – Mess LP
M83 – You And The Night OST LP, CD
Makaveli – The Don Illuminati LP
Man Forever With So Percussion – Ryonen LP
Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s – Sling Shot To Heaven LP
Max Roach – Deeds, Not Words LP
Mighty Mighty Bosstones – More Noise & Other Disturbances LP
Misfits – Die Die My Darling 12”; Static Age LP
Mount Carmel – Get Pure LP
National – Boxer LP
OFF! – Wasted Years LP
Pixies – Doolittle LP; Bossanova LP
Pure X – Angel LP
Purity Ring – Shrines LP
Ratatat – s/t LP; Classics LP; LP3 LP
Ratking – So It Goes 2LP
SBTRKT – s/t LP
Sigur Ros – Von LP
Skull Defekts – Dances In Dreams Of The Known Unknown LP
Sohn – Tremors LP
Squarepusher x Z-Machines – Music For Robots CD
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy LP
Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings & Food LP
Teebs – Estara 2LP
Thom Yorke – The Eraser LP
Thundercat – Apocalypse 2LP
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time 2LP
Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones LP
Vampire Weekend – Contra LP
Various – Afro Peruvian Classics: The Soul Of Black Peru LP
Various – Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical LP
Various/Brazil Classics 5 – Hips Of Tradition: Return Of Tom Ze LP
Various – Studio One Dub 2LP
Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt LP
Wild Beasts – Present Tense LP
xx – s/t LP

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