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Victims of the New Math – “Star Gazing” & We Are Stars EP


Victims of the New Math have been making music since their teenage years in the 1980’s. The band, essentially a duo comprised of brothers Joe and Thomas Young, were inspired to learn guitar from what were considered “oldies” at the time – mid-60’s to mid-70’s AM radio rock and R&B hits. Never much for learning other people’s songs, the brothers almost immediately tried their hand at writing. And, with a few small gaps, pretty much never stopped.

Other diverse influences crept in- Joe’s love of new wave, Tom Pretty, dance music, and the whole 50’s and 60’s easy listening genre; Thomas’ passion for the B, Bowie, the Velvet Underground, the Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Neil Young and 90’s lo-fi (Built to Spill, Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo) – giving the band a unique sound that never quite fits prescribed genres or styles. Combined with their very lo-fi home recording efforts and DIY to-the-core performances, Victims of the New Math deliver tight, vintage-sounding, riff driven rock and lush lo-fi melodies that sound both familiar and new at the same time.

Still working their day jobs in math and engineering, VotNM continue to write as a partnership, with Thomas recording most the songs in his home studio. With a new EP We Are Stars recorded and ready for release, VotNM looks to end 2019 on a high note. A space / sci-fi themed set of songs, We Are Stars is their best, weirdest, and most interesting release yet. Songs about spacemen, a theme song for an imaginary kid’s TV show, and a song about space sickness are bookended by two beautiful ballads. Check it out and try not to sing along!

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