Sometimes you read bands’ bios and you ask yourself (and would like to ask them), what made them list among their influences things like “boiled potatoes”. No ladies and gentlemen, I am not kidding, Basingstoke/Winchester-based Sahara have a spectrum of influences that ranges from Foals to boiled potatoes.
The EP “Intox” masterfully mixes math-rock with an indie-rock aura, going from a post-rock-esque math-infused instrumental prologue to an increasingly upbeat indie-rock, almost winking at *shivers* Bastille (“Milk Based”). However, there is much more in-between: the EP is packed with the punchy reverb-driven attitude of The Big Pink, the electric-edge of Youthmovies (if you don’t know what I am talking about, shame on you, and run to batten down the hatches). I was almost baffled when I was convinced to hear Maxïmo Park’s Paul Smith in the track “Bloodhound”: explosive, a bit leaning towards the power-pop side of things, it is constructed around fragmented guitar patterns and the vocals… oh those vocals are just astonishingly similar (guys, you are dealing with a massive early Maxïmo Park connoisseur).
Now that math-pop is the big fat “next new thing”, the risk of making it just another trend is threatening all of us, the humble math-rock lovers. Good to know there are still some top-quality math-rock bands out there.