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Math And Physics Club

The Math and Physics Club are a twee pop group that formed in Seattle in 2004, when guitarist James Werle and vocalist Charles Bert, who had been collaborating on various recordings up until that point, started working with drummer Kevin Emerson, violinist Saundrah Humphrey, and bassist Ethan Jones. Sounding something like a cross between the Smiths, the Field Mice, and Belle & Sebastian (in other words, extremely twee), the Math and Physics Club were snapped up by Matinée by the end of the year. Their debut EP on that label, Weekends Away, came out in February 2005; the disc enjoyed quite a bit of critical buzz, and was in regular rotation on Seattle's KEXP that year. Proving that they were anything if not prolific, the Math and Physics Club had another EP, Movie Ending Romance, out on Matinée by the time summer rolled around. Their self-titled debut full-length, produced by Kevin Suggs, came out a little over a year later, and they followed it up with a modest East Coast tour. Having taken a quick breather at the beginning of the year, the Math and Physics Club returned with another Matinée EP, Baby I'm Yours, in the summer of 2007. During a long break between releases, Humphrey and Emerson left the band (though Emerson stuck around to play drums on the next album). I Shouldn't Look as Good as I Do was released in early summer 2010. The group toured the UK in 2011, then heading to Dub Narcotic studio to work on their next record. Produced by Ethan Jones and Bob Schwenkler, Our Hearts Beat Out Loud was released by Matinée in late 2013. ~ Margaret Reges, Rovi
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These guys give twee a good name. Lots of catchy, enjoyable songs that I can't help but keep coming back to. I'm glad I disovered them! Great band, love em always.
Caught them at a random show in Olympia WA and had a great time. Bought the three albums listed, and quite a few of those songs ended up on my regular rotation list.
i was not in the math and physics club
ultravioleti r i s
I like the gentle, positive sound. But...I was a bit disappointed to realize how similar this song is to their own April Showers...
this sound actually started with the tvp's
maureen532
This 'sound' clearly began with The Smiths - the greatest band on earth.
Sounds just like Belle & Sebastian and i love it!!!!!!!!!
flynnbm4
Lucksmiths like, and very Belle & Sebastian. The use of brushes instead of drumsticks. It finally hit me.
I could not believe this wasn't Belle & Sebastian when I heard them for the first time. Good music and sound, but way too similar to B&S. I had to google the lyrics to "Cold As Minnesota" just to make sure the song wasn't labeled incorrectly.
paul85301
Twee is the name for the "throwback" sound that bands like Belle and Sebastian / The Essex Green / Bishop Allen have embrased. Someone called it "punks revolt into childhood". Then again, you have to be old enough to remember what early punk sounded like to get the true weight of the phrase... because Elvis Costello was a good example of punk music that has twee elements.
@meganismiss i n g and @marco826, twee is that innocent sound, with very childish, non-pretenti o u s and innocent lyrics and very happy melodies. Wiki it! it's definetly worth it.
i don't know what twee is either, i agree with puddlejumper about the b&s album art rip off. i think christmk's question is stupid. stupid enough i felt it necessary to take the time to type it and post it.
What's with the name, are the physicists or something?
OK maybe im new to the scene, or just old. But, what the hell is Twee?
I immediately thought this was old Belle & Sebastian until I looked them up. Definitely an uncanny similarity..

C'mon, did they even have to copy the style of Belle & Sebastian's album artwork?
Still that voice is... so... Sebastian!
oh good grief - rip off? can we say influenced?

i think they are utterly lovely :)

Do the math and you will see that the music is good.
Why do they sound EXACTLY like Belle and Sebastian? That was my first question, i thought maybe they were related until i saw they were from Seattle. .... hmm..
I too agree that they sound like the smiths but the smiths really aren't any making any more music so i look forward to hearing more from them
rbarros, it matters not. All that matters is if they make good music or not.

And yeah, they do sound a bit like The Smiths, to be completely honest.
More like The Smiths meets Belle and Sebastian, rip off or not, they still sound good. Looking forward to hearing more of these guys.
rbarros1
BELLE & SEBASTIAN RIPOFF

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