Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, We Roll Like Madmen deliver a cacophony of static frequencies, grimy bass, and an onslaught of percussive beats. They fit neatly into our electronic music zeitgeist, soaking up and repurposing influences ranging from the dark ambiance of Aphex Twin, LA-via-Brainfeeder beat music, and skeletal depravity akin to Disclosure or Mount Kimbie.
They’re onto something, there’s no doubt about that, and while a few of their tracks are abrasive to the point of limiting their overall appeal (Check out “Brazen Tone“, written by the awkward suburban college kid that confines himself to his dorm room to write poetry), their atmospheric soundscapes and provocative vocals will continue to find appeal among the headphone junkies.
Madmen continued to refine their sound on last year’s Hermetic Vol. 1, an EP which they’ve pegged as “conceptual multimedia.” It’s filled with evocative, distinct sounds that include “You Thought You”, which perfectly showcases their angsty pallet (below).
We Roll Like Madmen make frequent stops up and down the East Coast, so keep an eye out for them if you live in a city with a dedicated indie electronic scene. They are planning to drop their second full length, AF, early next year. In the meantime, be sure to check out their Soundcloud, which includes a slew of goodies that are free to download and ready to be tossed onto playlists.