(Experiments In Expectation)
Kill Sadie was a short-lived band that formed in the late nineties, releasing various singles, EP’s and a full-length, Experiments in Expectation. The demise of Kill Sadie spawned into various bands; as lead singer Steve Snere eventually fronted These Arms Are Snakes and bassist, Cory Murchy, is now in Minus The Bear. Experiments in Expectation is impulsive and raw with elements of punk and math rock, as it will keep you on edge.
The album’s first track, "The Ivy League Donors (The Prescription Epidemic)", embodies so many genres, from math rock and punk to jazz-like instrumental structures. At first listen it's overwhelming, but as is the case with most good math rock albums it makes more sense after several listens. We hear elements of These Arms of Snakes (former album of the month) on this first track and throughout the album. "Laugh Track For Contemporary Music" is controlled chaos, as he just tears it up on the vocals. If you can make it past these two tracks, things start to slow down a bit with the instrumental "Rebirth Through Adaptation" which leads flawlessly right into "The Place You Live". The acoustics of "The Quieting/Function of the Mouth" gives the listener a break as there are many peaks and valleys scattered throughout.
The album continues on this pace between intense and calming songs with "The Cocktail Party Effect" and "A Ride in the Centrifuge" than leading into "An Antiquated Bluff". This could be the highlight song on the album, with spastic screams that are toned-down into the background like he’s singing in a different room and the music just floats back and forth from punk to soft, atmospheric-like jams.
Kill Sadie’s Experiments in Expectation was an obscure, yet necessary album in the math rock world. As we hear many influences from Fugazi to June of 44, while injecting some influences of their own for future artists. It’s a must-have album if you’re into this scene and have the patience for chaotic math rock pleasures.
Standout Track: The Ivy League Donors