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Return of the nerds

Alex Close
action staff writer
courtesy photoThe Mathematicians will play the Donner Summit Lodge on March 30 at 9 p.m.
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The Mathematicians last played Truckee in April, rocking a house party and then doing it up at the Pastime Club the next night. And anyone who saw their show will remember it.

The Mathematicians’ musical style blends symphonic sounds with funk and hip hop. In their words: “bringing the pulse to the people.”

After taking most of the winter off to work on their sophomore record, Level Two, the upstate New York trio are now on tour to support that album, cruising the country with their mathematically inspired lyrics, active electronica sound and insanely nerdy fashion sense. Think Napoleon Dynamite meets Revenge of the Nerds, combined with a spacey, funky, smooth and witty soundtrack, and you’ve got yourself a Mathematicians’ show.

When you go to see The Mathematicians, you’ll know you’re in the right place as soon as you catch a glimpse of them on stage, decked out in huge glasses, hideous plaid lab coats and bow ties.

Pete Pythagoras will be laying down melodic vibrations on the bass as well as lending vocal skills, and most likely wearing a plaid jacket and bow tie.

Dewi Decimal will be will be manning the keyboards, singing and carefully calculating the output of the vocorder. He’ll most likely be the one in the lab coat.

Albert Gorithm IV will be backing up the rich electronic sound on the drums, lending vocal talents and sampling, with mathematical precision, the bands unique sound.

The Mathematicians, who will have been together for three years this July, are on a 40-day national tour which they’ve dubbed “The Lent Tour,” due to its length and the fact that the last show is the day after Easter.

They play the Donner Summit Lodge on Thursday, March 30 at about 9 p.m.

According to Pythagoras, the band likes playing Tahoe because their sound is appreciated here.

“It’s a very welcoming place to be, we have some friends there and we make more every time.”


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