The Young Maths’ “Errorrs”

Taylor Tatum provides her first review for TBI on Texas dance-rockers The Young Maths upcoming album “ERRORRS”

Guest Writer

out of 10

The Young Maths
August 13th, 2011
Fallback Records

Though I am generally partial to different genres of music, I have found what I believe to be, at least a semi-permanent place in my music library for The Young Maths’ new album. The album as a whole is energetic, exciting, and surprisingly catchy. Seemingly more punk than their first, Thank You, Goodnight! We Are…, their precocious sophomore album still retains the insatiable dance value. This is partially due to the importance of percussion to these young Texas natives.

Despite the fact that they are greatly inspired by literature, the beat takes precedence over prose in each song. The entire album is like a shot of adrenaline with an exciting burst of chaos. This chaos comes mainly from the charismatic title track, which envelopes your ears in a symphonic whirlwind. The storm builds and builds as new elements are added to the song until about halfway through, when the music gets quiet and there are no horns or vocals. It seems like it might be over, but really you’re just passing through the eye of the storm. Quickly the beat (and everything else) picks back up and you’re suddenly swept up in the whirlwind again. The end of the track seems to be the height of frustration and chaos, dropping you on your ass and leaving you wondering what the hell you just went through and when you can go back. “Latin Roots” and “Treble Reducer” have undeniably catchy and emphatic beats that, combined with the vocals, permeate the walls of your mind and force your toes to tap. The Talking Heads influence is evident throughout the Young Maths’ work but is especially clear in “The Cannon Choir.”

Unfortunately, throughout the album, the wailing vocals can become a little tiring, and in a few songs, distracting. “Truth Tables” starts out interesting enough, but takes a turn for the worst as lead singer, Robert Godinez bursts in and takes over, leaving the others in the dust. It is certain that ERRORRS is meant to be played LOUD. It’s the kind of thing to which you must give your complete concentration. It isn’t the kind of thing you can listen to as you write your history paper or have playing in the background while you talk to your grandmother. With that being said, these young men certainly know how to leave us wanting more.