Recommended if you like:
CHON, Minus the Bear, American Football, Covet, TTNG, toe, Ghosts and Vodka
Led by the exuberant melodies of guitarist Marcos Mena, the charming instrumental romp “May” is the second single from Mena’s debut album, Fruit Island. Its bouncing, effervescent riffs portend a summer of island parties with anthropomorphic fruits, held together and driven by Forrest Rice’s faultless drumming. Unlike much music under the math-rock umbrella, the springy grooves of “May” rely less on sinister tempo changes and more on its playful enthusiasm for music.
Get familiar with standards:
standards is a two-piece math rock band fronted by guitarist Marcos Mena and featuring drummer Forrest Rice (mem. Covet). Their self-described “fruity” melodies and technical musicianship have earned them somewhat of a cult following over the years, owed in part to Mena’s proclivity for guitar-based video content. But the band’s ebullient songwriting is the true source of their popularity among guitar-music fans, who laud standards for their uniquely danceable brand of complex instrumental rock. Since the group’s inception in late 2017, standards have released two beloved EPs and played with the likes of Polyphia, Covet, and Delta Sleep.