Complicated Math Problems

Alley Katz

June 03, 2004

I sat in Alley Katz Thursday night listening to the music of Complicated Math Problems, and all I could think was: Pavement, Pavement, Pavement. CMP, a local rock band, had the same spoken word lyrical style and disjointed yet melodic musical style that the '90's indie Rock legends famous.

CMP played enjoyable, intelligent, shoe-gazing music that was often gloomy and slow-paced. In some instances, the band played more poppy, accessible things. The band was vocalist/acoustic guitarist Eric Leininger, guitarist Dan Leininger, bassist David Hyman, drummer Mike Bradley, and pianist Lucas Davenport. Davenport's use of the synthesizer decided the mood of the song.

The band has been together for more than four years, and they have more than 100 original songs to their name. I felt bad they were playing in Alley Katz. It's a great space with a balcony, but only twenty people watched the CMP show.

Like most indie rock bands, CMP kept their crowd interaction to a minimum. They injected a little fun into the night when they played a successful, improvised song after Dan broke a string.

These guys were talented and easy on the ears. Hopefully, they'll find a headlining gig that will be more of a showcase for them.

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