When I started going to punk shows in Chicago last year, I knew it was only a matter of time until some enterprising label swooped in and began exposing the vast amounts of talent pouring out of the basements. So far, UK label Big Scary Monsters has stepped up, snapping up the UK rights to Native, and putting out records in the US for former Lion Of The North pop-punkers Grown Ups. Frenzied Chicago math trio Noumenon are the latest addition to the BSM stable, and Party Mathematics shows them to be quite deserving of the honor.

These technical, major-key, occasionally gang-vocaled whirling dervishes will assuredly invite comparisons to Fang Island almost immediately, and they won’t be far off. But Party Mathematics three sweaty dudes and a couple of mics aesthetic hit a familiar yet distinct pleasure zone from Fang Island’s grand-standing, occasionally eye-winking arena-ready solos and multi-tracked guitars. There’s an undeniable distance on Daisy, both in the recording and general approach that Noumenon traverse fiercely to distinguish their brand.

None of this is to say that either band is better or worse; simply to illustrate that they have different goals despite sharing more than a few of the same sonic benchmarks. As kick-ass and fun as Party Mathematics is, it still spends enough energy on the latter half of it’s namesake to keep it from having the same crossover appeal that an album like Daisy has.

Approach Party Mathematics with a clean slate and open ears. Listen for the magic of three insanely talented musicians getting together to have some fun, show some chops, and generally fuck shit up. Make sure to catch their live show as well, if you can. The entire EP is available for any price you choose, including free, on their Bandcamp site. Stream the whole thing below and consider tossing these hardworking kids a couple bucks for their tunes.

For Fans Of: Fang Island, Native, Don Caballero

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Brian B.


Little Kingdoms is a young band that makes me feel younger than I am. Their clever, complex guitar interplay dances between speakers. Their light, expressive, glitchy percussion lies somewhere between a slap happy drum machine and a slap happy teenager. Their voices sing along like kids having a good time. All the trademarks are there for being another derivative direct descendent of the Cap’n Jazz tradition. But theirs is something that’s special. This is happy music. This is music that’s in the enthusiastic Kinsella-twinkle aesthetic that I happen to love. They’re original enough. It’s nothing groundbreaking but it puts a smile on my face and that’s all that really matters.

-Brian S