When I first saw Math the Band, in an opening slot for Anamanaguchi at Music Hall a couple of years ago, I knew I would have to see them and record them again. That 2011 recording was just not high enough quality to post, and it frankly failed to capture the crazy energy of the performance. Friday night at Glasslands, that energy was on display again and thankfully the stars aligned to produce a faithful recording of their fun and crazy set. Math the Band has been around for a decade and they are part of the groundbreaking Providence RI art collective AS220, but the duo performs with a kind of unselfconscious elation that would be typical of a brand new band finding their footing. The Glasslands show was short and sweet, a less than 30 minute run through much of their new album Get Real and a few chosen older nuggets. While the band certainly makes abundant use of the chiptune style keyboard, the songwriting shows influences of oldies like Dead Milkmen and They Might Be Giants. And like their predecessors, the live show is a hoot — a smile-inducing experience that ends too soon and leaves us wanting more. Math the Band will be touring throughout January on the East Coast, dates are here.
I recorded this set with the Sennheiser Cards mounted in the middle of Glasslands and mixed with an excellent board feed from house FOH Josh. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!
Stream “Why didn’t you get a haircut”:
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Math the Band
Brooklyn, NY USA
Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix
Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)
Recorded and Produced
[Total Time 27:57]
01 Mission Statement
02 Hang out Hang ten
03 Bad Jokes
05 Hey Alright
06 Stay Real (Sock it to me Satan)
07 Sad Son
08 Wear Wolf Fever
09 Four to Six
10 Why didn’t you get a haircut
12 Tour de Friends
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