Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Architectural integrity

Local band Stripmall Architecture with their song "Her Words"...

-- Badtux the Music Penguin


  1. Would you categorize this band as part of the "noise rock" genre? Aside from one Sonic Youth CD, I was never into that. Most of the bands I like, especially the Aussie and Nordic ones, have a rhythm like pistons pounding. I used to be a hot-rodder, and during the decades I lived in Florida, I drove a hell of a lot. I had a 50+ mile trip each way during the two year-long stints when I attended nursing schools, and I had to be pumped to make it on time for the early-morning classes. So I needed loud music to match the manic way I drove. I still enjoy those tunes when I play them now (through headphones) but I can feel my blood pressure rising and my mouth twisting into a rictus of intensity when I do. It's like pouring coffee into my ears. Damn -- I think I'll go and listen to some Flaming Sideburns right now!

  2. More of a "math rock" type deal, I think. A relative of "noise rock", but "noise rock" generally has a lot more drive and less structure to it. Sonic Youth is noisy. Scout Niblett is gloriously noisy. Stripmall Architecture... not so much, they're more a textural band than a noise band.

    Of course, we're trying to put a band with a unique sound into a particular box, and it really doesn't fit into that box either. So it goes.

    - Badtux the Music Penguin

  3. "Math rock" -- I've seen the term in the music press but never understood what it meant. I thought maybe it referred to bands that sang about sciencey things, or had their sound based on pentatonic progressions or something. So many genres out there in rock music along, to say nothing of hip-hop. West Coast, East Coast, crunk, etc... My ignorance makes me feel antiquated.


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