Ahead of their tour of Australia in April, in support of their debut album (released by the awesome tenzenmen over there, might we add), god bows to math have received, to our knowledge, their first review for the album across the ditch by Rave Magazine:
With a name derived from The Minutemen’s magnum opus Double Nickles On The Dime, it’s safe to assume the New Zealand noise rock trio are pretty well acquainted with the oeuvre of the San Pedro econo-punk legends, and it’s entirely fitting that the band would take a name from an album where The Minutemen exclaim ‘Please Don’t Be Gentle With Me’. Drawing immediate comparisons to the catalogues of record labels like Touch & Go and Amphetamine Reptile, on their self-titled record God Bows To Math explore the limits of atonality amidst a pulsing current of feedback. For the most part, it is composed rather than caustic, and while it’s not an easy listen, it’s well worth the attempt. The record never ventures into a Big Black-styled screed of ugliness, but on tracks like the almost entirely instrumental Yr Kids Aren’t Special But I Am, it certainly toes the line. Mixed quietly so the moments of complete distortion are more dynamic, or at least more grating to the listener, when the record wants to make you pay attention, it can.
Slower, more melodic numbers on the album, like the droning Sixty Degrees Of Separation, feel like a genial break from the album’s squalls of disgruntled fuzz, but then they’re followed up by efforts such as Details On How To Get Doncab On Your License Plate, where sinewy guitar strains allude to something rather sinister. It’s this focus on dynamics that makes God Bows To Math a damn arresting album.
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