Math the Band Interview: SXSW 2010
It's not surprising that Math the Band list Andrew W.K. and Blink-182 as influences -- these young New Englanders are all about partying hard, playful lyrics and breaking stuff for the sake of a good time. Known for putting on extra-lively live shows (there have been over 500 in five years) that have literally brought down ceilings, MTB have been recently getting into more serious territory with the release of two LP's -- 'Math the Band Banned the Math' in 2008 and 'Don't Worry' in 2009. In keeping with their Energizer Bunny reputation, core duo Kevin Steinhauser and Justine Mainville will be performing no less (and possibly more) than seven times in five days at this year's SXSW. Spinner had the pleasure of chatting with Kevin and Justine, who are just as fun to talk to as their music would suggest.
Can you describe your sound?
Kevin: It's surprising how often I'm asked that and how unprepared I am to answer. We are a punk band, only instead of having the traditional instruments, we are about 75% electronic.
How did your band form? How did you two meet?
K: I've been doing it on my own for six years and with other members for only a little over two years now. The core members are Justine and I. I met her freshman year of college when I was playing a show on my own at her school. And we have band members throughout the entire country that play with us when they can or when we go on tour. We've got people in New Jersey, Arizona, California, Seattle ...
How does that work?
K: When we tour with other bands, often we'll play instruments in their band and they'll play in ours. You can only fit so many people in a van. So you have to learn someone else's set in an afternoon. It's just always