The Young Maths - Thank You,Goodnight!We Are...
Record Label: Independent
Release Date: May 15, 2010
Take an indie band out of south Texas, have them listen to a bunch of punk records, and then tell them to write a dance record. That is how I would best describe the Young Maths, a band out McAllen Texas that I would guess love to party. Their EP Thank You, Good Night! We Are… combines funky bass lines, danceable beats, some pretty solid guitar work, and catchy lyrics yelled out by a frontman who has obviously knows how to have fun. Though only five songs long, the band is able to go through a few different styles, without straying far from their own distinct sound.
The album opens with a pretty smooth drum and bass part, and that seems to be the how most of their songs begin. The bassist here really does a phenomenal job, not in playing anything really difficult or technical, but the bass is really the driving force behind each track, working with the drums to produce a tight rhythm section, which really becomes the backbone of this EP. The guitars mainly just accentuate the basic rhythms, either with strumming, smooth riffs, and a few distorted solos, and provide a solid background for the vocals.
The vocalist of the Young Maths appears to use a style I could only refer to as ‘yelling melodies’. He can clearly sing, as evidenced in the upbeat opener and subdued “Gay Bars” where he mostly whispers, but his vocals tend to turn into a yell at points, especially throughout “The Science”. Lyrically, the songs range from stories of ex-girlfriends being sluts, getting really drunk at gay bars, lie detectors, and apparently just getting down on the dancefloor, where certain other things may occur… However, despite subject the Young Maths are able to create catchy melodies throughout their entire EP, whether they are sung, whispered, or yelled.
The Young Maths show a real strength in being able to craft songs with a range of styles. The album opener is a fun and upbeat, the second track and slower with a darker vibe, while the third track kicks the speed back up, but is a little more aggressive and still retains the darker tone. The album closes with two more chaotic dance tracks, each a little weirder than the last. Though only five songs long, The Young Maths create a fun record, perfect for a short underground dance party, or for getting blackout drunk with your friends/by yourself. Not recommended.
Listen to music on their bandcamp, or follow them on twitter @theyoungmaths.