by Ben Adsett
Some nights, some venues just feel right for a show, the room just fits the music. So when walking into The Fleece, filled with feedback soaked guitars and an ever-changing bass line (courtesy of Chiyoda Ku), it felt like one of those nights.
Although technically incredible Chiyoda Ku’s set felt long. The songs often ended with a fizzle after and intense build up at times it felt like something explosive needed to happen. Despite this negative point the band are fascinating to watch, the complexity of their individual parts often leaving limbs a hazy blur.
Tangled Hair have a unique sound, and in a room with less people talking, it would have been spine tingling. Their combination of delicate vocals and soaring, complex guitar are a bold but effective choice. Guitars twinkle and fade between varied drum parts and intricate bass lines. As the set develops so does the contrast; the gentle, emotive vocal cracks meet the musical crescendos leading to huge, loud endings.
The arrival of Tera Melos is hotly anticipated in the ever filling room. From the moment they take the stage there is an infectious enthusiasm in the room. The complexity of the last two bands is long forgotten as Tera Melos change time signature in the blink of an eye.
Vocals range from slacker pop, to emo, to shouting; there is not one predictable moment in this set. At times this unpredictability was exhausting with synths and effects adding to an already expansive sound. This sound included a few moments where just because a guitar or bass can make that noise, it’s probably not essential to make that noise…
Even after three very good math rock bands in a night, we are still no closer to answering: How do you dance to math-rock?
Tera Melos‘ latest album, Trash Generator, is out now on Sargent House.