New Math | Wake the Dead

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Wake the Dead

by New Math

Dark new wave music from the dark days of the 1980s.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. They Walk Among You
3:27 album only
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2. Garden Of Delight
3:35 album only
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3. Branded
3:54 album only
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4. Invocation
4:17 album only
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5. American Survival
3:05 album only
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6. The Flesh Element
3:25 album only
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7. Meets The Eye
3:36 album only
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8. Dead Of Night
3:52 album only
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9. Pipes Of Pan
2:51 album only
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10. Two Tounges
4:10 album only
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11. Take To The Night
3:17 album only
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12. Diana
3:33 album only
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13. Love Under Will
3:04 album only
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14. Johnny On Top
2:48 album only
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15. The Restless Kind
2:17 album only
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16. Break Up The Dance
3:13 album only
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17. Power Of The Air (Live)
3:27 album only
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18. Ominous Presence (Live)
3:10 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Original NEW MATH Discography:

45s
Die Trying/Angela (Reliable Records 1979)
Die Trying/Angela (CBS Records UK 1979)
Die Trying/Can't Get Off The Ground (Archive Records 1980)
Older Women/The Restless Kind (Archive Records 19??)

LPs
They Walk Among You (415 Records 1982)
They Walk Among You (CBS Records [Holland] 1982)
Gardens (Braineater Records 1984)

WCMF Radio, Rochester's Home Grown Bands COMP. LP
Song- Hot Sounds (1980)

The Story according to Kevin Patrick (circa 1980):

New Math is a band from Rochester NY, formed in the fall of 1976. At that time, even Newsweek hadn’t yet distorted new wave into the contagious disease it was to be tagged for almost two years following. Yet, local bands playing original songs thru minimal equipment were seldom tolerated in the major metropolis, not to mention the smaller ‘burgs’ of America. And as radio fought to preserve the past – believe it – so did the club owners. Unfortunately, they were the ones with paychecks that literally allowed bands to survive day to day. It was real tough in the beginning, but then times changed. And somehow, New Math survived it all, finding they’d built up a healthy following around the New York state area in the process.

Founding members Kevin Patrick, Gary Trainer and Dale Smeadley were eventually solidified by Bob McCarthy and Mark Schway, and were accepting gigs anywhere: the circus, shopping malls, weddings, church socials and even a car wash grand opening. The usual ploy was claiming they were whatever type music was required for the occasion, and thereby shocking bystanders. In addition people began learning about their spicy pasts’. Dale for instance played the part of a child from Saturn on an early Star Trek feature, Kevin solicited rock star autographs thru the mail and just recently scored the final signature of Dave Dee, Dozy, Booky, Mick and Tich, Gary lost his job in the purchasing dept. of St. John’s Nursing home by ordering $1700.00 worth of guitars and amplifiers thru his office, and ‘butch’ Bobby has been arrested more than once for hustling pool game wagers in gay bars to make ends meet. The resulting recognition got the band some opening slots for national acts passing thru the area. Response was more than favorable, and the confidence gained thru work with bands such as John Cale, Ultravoz, 999, Damned, Willie Alexander and Eddie and the Hot Rods, gave New Math the ultimate chance to move to the forefront of their local territory.

Always thinking about their financial situation, the band began asking audiences for contributions. Its been a great gimmick, backfiring only once at a gig with the Ramones. They, were becoming extremely annoyed as the opening band (NM), filed past for a second encore, and so, instructed their road crew to scarf up the change that some 1200 people had showered the band with – and ultimately refused to give it back at the end of the night. Yet, with their odd earnings, the band managed to record “Die Trying” and “Angela” in a 5 hour session at Christmas ’78. After we did the recording we found we didn’t have any money to press it. Luckily, Reliable Records in London loved it and put the thing out. The resulting press and radio play in the UK garnered attention from major labels, and the band has signed with CBS. Sure we still think about money, but don’t worry so much. We just finished some more songs – unrushed – in the studio and they are stellar! promises Dale.

The real thrust behind New Math is still the same guiding light that started them out in ’76 – to make people dance and watch them have fun. They do it every time – so catch them as soon as you can. Oh yeah, chant “New Math adds up” to yourself in you spare time as well!

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You Do The Math
As I am getting older and rotting and getting progressively nostalgic for the images and sounds of my relative youth, I have been revisiting those things with increasing regularity. What a surpise to accidently come across one of my favorite bands from my 20-something years in my hometown of the then great Rochester, New York. Having first heard New Math in what I believe was the club "Scorgies", I immediately purchased their album (remember those..??) "They Walk Among You", not just to support a local band, but because I loved the sound (I mean...sorry, I just wasn't going to buy a Chuck Mangione album..no offense...) They were a great band, and O played the album to death until I sold it with all my albums at my garage sale in preparation to heading south to Florida, where I am still rotting. When I saw that the songs from "Among You", as well as others, were actually available now on c.d., I didn't hesitate to buy it. I have to admit it was 50% remembered joy at the sound and 50% nostalgic longing for my irretrievable youth that made me purchase it. In the past, I have often been mistaken in doing this, as the songs were not as I remembered, and I either had memory problems or just lousy taste. Not so with New Math. Upon first re-hearing this collection, after having not heard the songs in over 20 years, I was amazed that they not only still sounded so great, but, that I remembered every damn word! My biggest revelation was that New Math is as talented if not more so than any band from that time period/genre. Admiddetly, the cuts that I not only most favor but was most familiar with were the ones from the "Among You" album, and they are damn good! The fact that New Math is not as well known as so many other lesser bands from that time does not prevent me from saying that I think they were one of the most talented bands around, and they created some incredibly distinctive music that..yes..dare I say it!!, songs that could and should be considered "hits." I played this c.d. recently for my buddy Brian, who was born and raised down here in Fort Lauderdale, and is a savvy and knowledgable music lover who also happens to have great taste, being especially a Smiths/Morrissey fan (as am I, we've seen him twice in 2 years..) Anyway, his first reaction to hearing this c.d. collection was "Who the hell is this?!! I told him they were an '80s band from my hometown, and said "You like 'em?" not being sure what to expect. His response was "They're freakin' great!" Well., they are freakin' great, and I highly ( and probably at too great a length...:-) recommend this c.d. collection from a hugely underrated band whose talent and completely distinctive sound deserves much more exposure..If you like good music tha, yes, somewhat evokesanother eras sound, but also sounds completely fresh, new, and addictive...get this c.d. It is just great.
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