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Building Press
Amplitude of Frequencies Over Time
Woodson Lateral Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
From time to time, it is virtually impossible to be completely sure if a band is being ironic. Take The Building Press, for example. The message under Amplitude of Frequencies Over Time's jewel case reads, "The cover represents song #4 by graphing its Amplitude of Frequencies Over Time. Each ring is a discrete sample of time. Each point along the circle represents a different frequency. The displacement of each ring from the unit circle is proportional to the amplitude." It's hard to tell if The Building Press is serious, but I doubt they are, and for the remainder of this review I will give the band's "personnel" the benefit of the doubt and assume no one could actually be that pretentious.

The Building Press plays math rock "minus the state-of-the-art equipment and polished sound," a factor which lends it hints of a post-rock sound. You can call it Basement Math. "Street Crime, Street Crime," for instance, sounds like a cross between June of 44 and Pele. Other times, The Building Press sounds similar to an intermingling of Tortoise-esque jazz-fusion and prog, or maybe progabilly (i.e. Dreadnaught). Amplitude of Frequencies Over Time's opener, "Signals From the Switchboard," can attest to that, with its bursts of complexity amidst distorted guitar work and loose drumming

In truth, loose drumming and distorted, somewhat angular guitar work is all Amplitude of Frequencies Over Time really adds up to be. For that reason, I can't honestly say, unfortunately, that the result is all that interesting. Six and seven minutes at a time can get a bit repetitive, and though The Building Press do not do a bad job with this, their first full-length, at all, I probably won't spend much time with it in the future.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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