The Black Math Experiment is a band of questionable taxonomy from Houston, TX. Known for their dark, bizarre, and humorous music, they’ve grown slowly into an underground sensation since their inception in 2004, often being compared favorable to The Pixies and The Flaming Lips. Their first album, Fake Words and Signs From Space, became infamous for it’s offbeat sarcas-hymn “You Cannot Kill David Arquette”. The song’s subject thought highly enough of the track to thank BME with a box of cupcakes, a 1965 Ford Econoline van, and a visit to Houston while on tour promoting his film The Tripper. He was subsequently made an honorary member, is always represented at shows by a framed photograph surrounded by candles.
Their second album, 2005’s Last Transmission from the Blue Room, also yielded a number of tracks that managed to become well known in bizarre ways. “Ology” entered the kindergarten curriculum in a pre-school in Hsinchu, Taiwan, while the Western Epic, “Evil Wizard Jesus” almost resulted in the band’s bodily removal from a festival at The University of Saint Thomas. The album marked the end of the band’s original line up, as keyboardist Chris Soliz left upon its completion to pursue other projects.
The next album, All You Need is Blood, was both shorter and more somber to reflect the remaining members troubled lives in 2007. It’s final track, “Suit of Lights” became one of their most powerful pieces, and currently serves as the finale at shows, with Christmas presents being thrown to the audience during it’s extended guitar solo.
Wishing to add to their collection of strange artist to share the stage with, a collection that includes Peelander-Z, The Billy Nayer Show, and Psychostick, BME entered an essay contest to open for The Misfits on their 2007 30th Anniverscary Tour, beating out hundreds of applicants. Once the curtain closed, however, bassist Captain Mongo Nelson left the band to return to Minnesota. Bill Curtner, Brian Coleman, Christi Lain, and Jef With One F still reside in Houston, and are currently at work on BME’s fourth studio album.
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