Welcome to my 200th posting! (Though admittedly some of the posts here were merely announcements or false alarms, but I digress). During the mid-to-late '90s, Berkeley, CA's Cars Get Crushed struck a sly balance between intricate math-rock and the more tuneful persuasions of the then mini emo/post hardcore movement. The band No Knife, contemporary to CGC, appeals to me as an accurate comparison, in terms of both jazz-informed maneuvers and dynamic, mid-fi rawk. Bestowing three LPs on a largely ignorant public, (the best of which being Blue and West), Cars Get Crushed were inconsistent over the course of their albums. Although the second cut on side-A, "Dust," is a throw-away instrumental, the remaining tracks on this single are downright quintessential. Better yet, as a bonus, I've included my fave CGC track, "The Stranger," taken from the Allied Records Invasion of the Indie Snatchers compilation, which is worth the price of admission and then some.
bonus: The Stranger