After a steady number of EPs and splits,across a wide variety of formats,Auckland’s best noise merchants and long-time MUZAI act god bows to math are finally ready to release their first full length album.
The eponymous release,out November 14th is three years of hard work from the group finally come to fruition. In true god bows to math fashion though,it wasn’t an easy process…
Originally recorded with regular MUZAI engineer Daniel Speight,the album was intended to be release in early 2011. One hard drive failure and Speight’s return to the U.K. found the band once again at a loose end.
Picking themselves back up saw the group turn to,of all places Whanganui to re-record the album with Warner Emery (Double Ya D,ex-Phoenix Foundation). It proved a priceless experience,with the region’s rich history of noisy guitar bands emboldening them to strip back their sound a little more.
Where Whanganui may not have been an obvious choice initially,getting the album mastered by the hallowed Chicago Mastering Service (run by Bob Weston and Jason Ward) was a long-standing goal of the band. It was the indelible touches from Jason Ward that truly gave the band the polished (or rather,suitably rough) quality they have long aspired to attain.
It shows;god bows to math meshes the group’s latest works such as the moody “Slow Decline” and “Paper Trails” (featuring vocals and guitar from Postures front-man Michael Havell) with their older work from previous releases. An amalgamation of the tried and tested with the new and exciting,which has allowed the band to proverbially stretch their legs – allowing for tracks you may not have expected the emerge from the group.
god bows to math is available on CD and digitally from November 14th through MUZAI Records (distributed by Rhythmethod NZ).
1) Slow Decline
2) Blues for Blind Lemon
3) Yr Kids Aren’t Special But I Am
4) The Ship That Sank A Thousand Faces
5) Paper Trails
6) How to Beat Your Dad at Chess
7) Sixty Degrees of Separation
8) Details on How to get “DONCAB” on your License Plate
9) Small Victories
10) New Designs for Hip Kids
11) Teenagers is Lazy Journalism
12) Smile &Nod
Big thanks to everyone who came out to the Nirvana tribute night last Friday. It was a blast! We covered Very Ape, Negative Creep (with our good friend Chris Rakete helping on vocals) and Radio Friendly Unit Shifter. You can read Benjii’s review in Volume magazine here (disclaimer: since Benjii is our label boss he has to say nice things). The photos above that beautifully illustrate the insanity were taken by the awesome Jeff Smith.
Radio One is one of the best stations in the country, even aside from its historical importance in helping the amazing music that’s been coming out of Dunedin for the last few decades, it supports all New Zealand artists and is particularly significant for independent acts. As a band who’ve never had any hopes of enjoying commercial “success” Bnet stations are the only ones who will play not just our music but music that we love, providing a sanctuary for those like us who feel isolated by the homogenized music forced down our throats by record labels and commercial FM radio, and the homogenized culture that results.
There isn’t many stations that play good music, there are even less that actively encourage DJs to play music they like rather than stick to a rigid playlist. The amount of local content on most radio stations is embarrassing and the music from New Zealand that does make it past their censors is inevitably a poor copy of current overseas trends. If we let the precious few stations who help us discover new music, who treat being local as something to be proud of rather than a mark of inferiority, disappear then we are in a very perilous situation.
Radio is still a vital part of how we engage with our culture, it is still the place where most people discover new music and hear about issues that concern them, especially so for students. Please take the time to sign the online petition and submit any ideas you have to help save this institution.
Poster for our Wellington (free!) EP release. Courtesy of the lovely Ben Carroll at BUZZFERKCHURNT
And while I’m on the updating tumblr buzz; we’re playing a show tonight with Forcefields and High Society. It’s only five bucks and is at Galatos Basement just off K Road.
Forcefields have just put out an album you can download here: http://forcefieldsnz.bandcamp.com/
Here’s an interview we did with:
back in 2009.
Within the contemporary local and international music scenes, the terms no-wave and noise are definite buzz phrases right now. Admittedly they’re more buzz words on an almost academic underground level, but they’re buzz words none the less.