Math the Band
Banned the Math


1.5
very poor

Review

by Serpento USER (12 Reviews)
September 27th, 2008 | 35 replies | 9,982 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Turn off the moogs and pass the aspirin.

6 of 9 thought this review was well written

You’d think a name like “Math the Band” would give a lot away about the band itself, but it’s got some ambiguity attached to it. Maybe the group plays, or at least likes, math rock. Maybe it’s comprised of nerds who would sooner mollywhop a calculator than talk to that tall redhead in the back corner of stats class. And maybe, just maybe, the band cleverly bases every piece around the Fibonacci numbers, following the likes of Debussy and Chopin. Unfortunately for Math, only one final possibility holds up: the fun level of its music matches the fun level of actual math, as proven by their far-beyond-irritating debut Banned the Math. Rife with head-splitting synth lines and some of the least mature lyrics this side of pop, not many albums can hold a torch to its failure to deliver.

Everything Math puts out on this album is tagged by them with the label “music,” which is assumedly a mistake on their part. The album begins with the only possible highlight on the album, Hey Dude, A Prelude, which reverberates with an uncharacteristically full, yet obviously electronic, chord. Possibly meant to build a false sense of security within the listener, it flows right into a downward spike in quality, and just plummets from there. No song, not even the down tempo Shoeless Wonder, is safe from the horrendous electronic noises which saturates each song. Annoyance factor is already at about a 4/5 at this point, but Math just have to shoot for the gold; what’s the point of not going the distance, after all? All but two of the songs perform the “instrument” lines at a speed of “too damn fast,” magnifying the irritation caused by whatever pours out of the speakers. Worst of all, though, is the random fuzz Math drops behind some of the tracks. I can think of no logical reason to do something like this and expect the music to sound better. Maybe if this were an ambient record, or had some drone on it, it may help it along, but not in the case of synth-pop.

The only other piece of the ensemble that could ride in and provide any saving grace would be the vocals, but alas, Math can’t have any of that! Lead singer “Kevin” provides a nasally, tweenish-sounding voice to splay all over that gloriously overwrought electro-headache. Shifting often between a typical singing voice, tiny high-pitched warble, and a strained, incredibly odd scream, he gives off the vibe of…well, have you ever heard a dog coughing? And, of course, there are the grand lyrics mentioned earlier, which firmly cement Math in the realm of “kiddy.” One song, Four Square or Square Ball, pretends that the name of the game is a grave problem, and proceeds to display a one-sided argument over whether balls are square-shaped. It goes on to sample the Star-Spangled Banner, for whatever reason is lost on me, and after a good while, it just repeats the title over and over. Intellectual gold, for sure, but just not what tickles my ivories.

Aside from the marginal praises I’ve given thus far, I can find no area this album excels in. It’s grating, brainless, and an absolute chore to listen to, even for a short period of time. Who knows? Maybe in the future, Math will learn they’re about as annoying as a jackhammer and grow up. Until then, though, Banned the Math is firmly among the ranks of albums that actually cause me physical pain.



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2008



15690 Comments


intro paragraph is gold.

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robin
Emeritus
September 27th 2008



4221 Comments


this album sucks and yet somehow it isn't as bad as some of their* other stuff.This Message Edited On 09.27.08

marksellsuswallets
September 27th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Clever name/title...sounds bad

Serpento
September 27th 2008



2351 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

of course, all my best inspiration comes from kevinly

ive seen links to the other ep's out, but after this i really don't want to try. hell, they probably ruined that covers album.This Message Edited On 10.01.08

robin
Emeritus
September 27th 2008



4221 Comments


i think he releases them all pretty much free, doesn't he? my friend's massive on math and gave me all good things, all in good time which is awful, and some godawful one about animals or something. i guess it could be adorable, though.

but nice reviewThis Message Edited On 09.27.08

bastard
September 27th 2008



3435 Comments


This sounds very bad, excellent review.

Awesome summary, by the way.

Erratic
September 27th 2008



1120 Comments


Don't you have to be signed to a label to be on this site?

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2008



15690 Comments


no.

xxxChipMonkxxx
September 27th 2008



23 Comments


Hahaha, great review cracked me up

HighandDriving
September 27th 2008



3230 Comments


I just took a listen to one myspace track and now I see this review is golden.

marksellsuswallets
September 27th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

no.

c'mon ec don't you know that music only counts if its attached to a record label? thought everybody knew that one...

robin
Emeritus
September 27th 2008



4221 Comments


yes well math doesn't make a very good argument for that.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2008



17114 Comments


agree with EC on the intro. Thanks for bringing the lulz to a boring saturday.

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Erratic
September 27th 2008



1120 Comments


c'mon ec don't you know that music only counts if its attached to a record label? thought everybody knew that one...


I wasn't saying that, I just thought that would be a rule to prevent some guy from adding his 3 week old shitty metal band.

DemonicRubberDucky
September 27th 2008



17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I enjoy Math the Band, they're fun and mindless and quirky. They're like the "white bread smeared with liquefied sugar" of music. What's not to like? :/

JAV
September 27th 2008



1882 Comments


Your review has entertained me.
Nicely done.

Serpento
September 27th 2008



2351 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

What's not to like? :/
the migrane that comes with the band is usually not liked

aircycle
September 27th 2008



634 Comments


and the white bread smeared with liquefied sugar

Erratic
September 27th 2008



1120 Comments


That would probably taste terrible.

badtaste
September 28th 2008



824 Comments


I loved: "the fun level of its music matches the fun level of actual math"

Very nice review.



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