So I am into a myriad of musical genre's ranging from progressive rock to contemporary psychedelic rock. One of the more obscure genre's I enjoy however is math rock. Here are some examples from some of the leaders in the genre:HellaGiraffes? Giraffes!Tera Melos
Here is a brief description of the genre from wikipedia:
Math rock is a rhythmically complex, often guitar-based, style of experimental rock that emerged in the late 1990s, influenced by progressive rock bands like King Crimson, as well as 20th century minimalist composers such as Steve Reich. It is characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures (including irregular stopping and starting), counterpoint, odd time signatures, angular melodies, and extended, often dissonant, chords.
Whereas most rock music uses a basic 4/4 meter (however accented or syncopated), math rock frequently uses asymmetrical time signatures such as 7/8, 11/8, or 13/8, or features constantly changing meters based on various groupings of 2 and 3. This rhythmic complexity, seen as "mathematical" in character by many listeners and critics, is what gives the genre its name.
The sound is usually dominated by guitars and drums as in traditional rock, and because of the complex rhythms, drummers of math rock groups have a tendency to stick out more often than in other groups. It is commonplace to find guitarists in math rock groups using the "tapping" method of guitar playing, and loop pedals are occasionally incorporated, such as in the group Battles. Guitars are also often played in clean tones more than in other upbeat rock songs, but distortion is also used, depending on the group.
Lyrics are generally not the focus of math rock; the voice is treated as just another sound in the mix. Often, lyrics are not overdubbed, and are positioned low in the mix, as in the recording style of Steve Albini. The historically troubled third album by Dis- is a perfect example of Albini's recording style. Many of math rock's most famous groups are entirely instrumental such as Don Caballero or Hella, though both have experimented with singers to varying degrees.
The term math rock has often been passed off as a joke that has developed into what some believe is a musical style. An advocate of this is Matt Sweeney, singer with Chavez, who themselves were often linked to the math rock scene.