Lower Automation – Maps

It's all about the timing with the Chicago math-rock trio. Can anyone still use the term 'math-rock'? I don't come across it so often these days but that isn't preventing Lower Automation from making the sort of music that you can tell contains a cleverly-formed equation at its centre, or quite near to there. Their first release, Maps is a five … [Read more...]

The Reptilian – Boy’s Life EP

The Reptilian is a carbon copy of Minus The Bear, down to the silly, long song titles. The EP kicks off with a guitar riff I swear I heard off Highly Refined Pirates, and continues to duplicate MTB's style, rhythm, and tone like the members are building Ikea furniture. I've heard knock-offs before, but sheesh — you might as well have labeled this a … [Read more...]