xbxrx, 'Wars' (Polyvinyl)

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Label: Polyvinyl

by Shannon Zimmerman

Careening and frenetic, Oakland's xbxrx don't just make math rock -- they make advanced placement math rock. Tightly constructed tracks like "Suffocation" and "Minds" practically ooze coefficients, while the shredding on "Center Where Sight" and "In Veins" features a Trapper Keeper's worth of million-miles-a-minute notes. Make no mistake, Wars is more than an acquired taste, and casual listening isn't really an option. But as a soundtrack for programming your TI-89 for tomorrow's exam, it's almost eerily appropriate.

Now Hear This: xbxrx - "Center Where Sight" DOWNLOAD MP3



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