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Reigning from Boston, power trio PERHAPS create an eclectic and well-designed soundscape using vintage gear accompanied by brass and string musicians.

Though applying styles of Kraut Rock, Psychedelic, Space Rock and Jazz, PERHAPS is a powerfully fresh Mathrock band with bassist Jim HANEY as ringleader, Don TAYLOR's drums, and guitarist Sean McDERMOTT rounding out a vigorous unit. PERHAPS released their debut epic,'Volume One',in September 2012 and continue performing.

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3.96 | 103 ratings
Volume One
2012
3.61 | 15 ratings
Volume Two
2013
3.49 | 11 ratings
Third
2015

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Perhaps & Damo Suzuki
2013
3.00 | 3 ratings
Kamikaze
2013

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 Third by PERHAPS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.49 | 11 ratings

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Third
Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars Just when I thought I finally had a grasp on this elusive Boston trio, they decided to call it quits. But at least the band went out in a satisfying blaze of glory, with arguably their most varied collection of music: almost accessible, always uncompromising, and as usual packing more energy into 36-minutes than most groups can manage over an entire career.

The Perhaps strategy seems to have been: throw as much into the mix as quickly as possible, and they certainly didn't waste any time here. The opening salvo, "Master Destroyer", kicks into immediate high gear without any set-up or fade-in: a kinetic rampage of adrenalin held together only by the steadfast but frantic drumming of Ron Taylor.

When the singing begins (a first for this band) the perspective shifts again, like a kaleidoscope rudely shaken. These aren't really songs, be assured: the vocals are no less amorphous than the background of music. But they add a necessary focus to the maelstrom of hyperactive guitars, horns, and synthesizers, in total approaching the dizzy heights of Krautrock psychedelia, but with a stable underpinning of Post Rock structure and design.

This is also the first Perhaps album with separate, indexed track titles, albeit still arranged as an uninterrupted, single block of music. Sean McDermott's unfettered guitar remains the primary instrument, able to demonstrate the outer limits of six-string centrifugal force in one solo before taking the voodoo way down in the next. "Dreamland II" displays a borderline-blues flavor under the usual collage of spacey effects, building toward the near-apocalyptic mayhem of "Donzo's Montreux". And from there it's a quick step over the precipice into the unexpected dreamscape of "Sleepwalker": seven dense minutes of somnolent yet majestic Space Rock, straight out of 1970's Germany.

Astute listeners might recognize the closing notes of this final Perhaps recording as the same, sitar-and-synth intro to their previous "Kamikaze". It's an appropriate gesture for a band about to willfully end its own life, marking a perfect conclusion to both an impressive album and a sadly abbreviated career.

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 Kamikaze by PERHAPS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Kamikaze
Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Neu!mann
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3 stars It's an odd title for such beautiful noise, although the album isn't as tranquil as it first sounds. There's a definite tension to the music as it gradually unfolds over nineteen sustained minutes: undercurrents of menace consistent with the edgy earlier work of this young Massachusetts band.

Once again the primary trio (guitar, bass, drums) was joined by a small battalion of collaborators, playing synthesizers (borrowed from Acid Mothers Temple), acoustic piano, sitars and cellos, horns, woodwinds, and more drums, and featuring an unorthodox vocalist who sounds as if he (she?) is singing backward.

All their efforts were combined into a not altogether formless cloud of drifting psychedelic chaos. The performance is looser, and lacks the propulsive rock energy of other Perhaps albums. But the results are more controlled and focused than ever, despite the improvisational nature of the final product.

Describing it is a challenge. The music sounds like several different bands all playing simultaneously, in an overlapping free-fall of Stoner/Space Rock cacophony and bliss. The experience might be somewhat nerve-wracking at first exposure. But repeated listening can usher you into a hypnotic dream-state where it all makes perfect sense, at least at a deeper level of intuitive consciousness.

This is where I almost drew a sketchy comparison between the album and the ego death of Buddhist nirvana, suggesting that the title might not be so random after all. The music seems to invite a certain navel-gazing whimsy, as you might have noticed by now. But here's a better suggestion: skip the philosophical hyperbole and go straight for the headphones.

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 Third by PERHAPS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.49 | 11 ratings

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Third
Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars This is the third full-length album from US band Perhaps and sadly the last one, since in April they communicated in their Facebook fanpage that the project would stop. Anyway, whatever the members decide to do (regarding music) in the future, I wish them good luck. Perhaps was one of the bands I knew thanks to Prog Archives, and whose music came to me due to the internet facilities, so we have to take advantage of this new digital era that allows us to discover a lot of things.

I must admit that my favorite Perhaps release is their debut album, I find it the strongest of them all, and though all are very different each other, I keep the firs one as my preferred. Let me tell you that Perhaps is not a one- genre-band, no, their music offers slices of different scenes, sometimes you will listen to psychedelic rock, sometimes to post-rock, then experimental parts, etc. And this third album is not the exception. So be prepared to this 7-song journey that lasts 36 minutes and that has the collaboration of Kawabata Makoto, the legendary Acid Mother's Temple guitarist.

It opens with "Master Destroyer I", a piece that has a bombastic beginning with some crazy Zappa-esque sounds and some distorted psychedelic guitars. The song flows and continues like a jam, I don't really know if it is a recorded improvisation or was a true composition, however it sounds nice, but not memorable. "Master Destroyer II" is when things slow down a little bit, but also when spacey sounds and Gong-like vocals appear. It is a cosmic trip in which you can close the eyes and transport to another dimension. Besides the guitars and the evident synths, what makes this better is the addition of a saxophone that sounds here and there, in spontaneous moments.

"Butterfly Mirror" continues with that spacey and cosmic sound, with weird vocals and distortions everywhere. I believe one has to be in the mood to dig this, otherwise it would be a difficult journey. The song might not have a true form, and I think it does not need a form, though I admit there are moments where I feel lost, I lose track for a while. Once again, I highlight the use of saxophone in some precious instants. "Dreamland I" starts even crazier, loony, bombastic with a fast rhythm and robotic effects. It has some Ozrics feeling but in moments it is rockier than spacy, well it is a vibrant and energetic journey. "Dreamland II" drastically slows down, it becomes slower and sexier due to that saxophone full of cadency. The music flows and progresses, the special effects bring that inherent cosmic atmosphere and the guitars put the psychedelic and in moments stoner rock vibe.

"Donzo's Montreaux" has much more keyboards in the beginning than in the whole album. Then another trip starts, guitar becomes main character and provides endless riffs while a heavy, psych and powerful background is created. After three minutes some loony voices can be heard. I think that addition of Makoto really influenced Perhaps, I mean, this album could be one of the Acid Mothers catalogue. The final song is "Sleepwalker" and starts very softly, spacey and relaxing at first. While the seconds pass more elements are being added, creating different atmospheres and offering now a sound closer to post-rock. I think this is my favorite moment of the album.

A nice effort by Perhaps, an album full of nuances and trips, but that I think lacks of memorable moments, of a solid passage that makes it unique. Anyway, one can spend 36 nice minutes listening to it.

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3.49 | 11 ratings

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Third
Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars The latest release from this Boston band. The first two albums were one-song albums but this is divided into separate tracks although sometimes they are segued together. Originally they were an instrumental trio of guitar-bass-drums but have expanded their line-up to include an extra guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and a saxophone player. Before this album they had toured and recorded an EP with former Can vocalist Damo Suzuki. Their music is a mix of space rock, post/math, fusion and heavy rock. Here the music is very spacey and loose sounding. The lyrics are sometimes hard to make out and sometimes there is just wordless vocals. The production is lo-fi which complements the music well.

"Master Destroyer I" is based around a nine note arpeggio on guitar. The bass is busy but repetitive. Some guitar soloing after halfway. This runs right into "Master Destroyer II" which starts to mellow out a bit with some speed-altered vocals. The guitar playing seems to be more improvised and solo-like. The drumming gets a little looser as some spacey synths appear. Here there is a catchy vocal part you can make out which goes "I can't believe my eyes..." Some rockin' guitar chords at the end.

"Butterfly Mirror" changes things a bit with some jazzy bass playing, harmonized vocals and all kinds of spaciness in the background. A catchy wordless vocal melody towards the end. "Dreamland I" starts in psych-punk territory. Features some boogie-rock guitar soloing. Some riffs which turn into shredding before "Dreamland II" starts with altered talking and echoed sax playing. The guitar soloing is bluesy and the bass is once again in jazz mode. Organ appears towards the end before the vocals get very Mars Volta sounding.

"Donzo's Montreux" has some spacey synth soloing, busy bass, jazzy drums and improvised guitar plucking. A killer guitar solo is joined by another one at the same time! Some start/stop playing over a guitar freak-out leads to the very 'post-rock' sounding finale "Sleepwalker". More laid-back than the rest of the album. Post-punk bass playing with picked guitar playing (mostly arpeggios). Some spacey wordless vocals and cymbals as well. The sax starts soloing as everything builds up but falls away to leave just the bass. Then a noisy crescendo which increases in tempo.

Perhaps the greatest release yet from Perhaps. Their sound has certainly evolved without straying too far from their original sound. Although not completely improvised and structureless, the music here is very loose and free. Very little that could be considered mainstream but at the same time not too experimental or weird. A very good release from 2015. 4 stars.

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Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
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3 stars This is an interesting mix of mathcore, space rock, psychedelia krautrock and avant-prog music. For the most part, the music is very busy and builds a chaotic wall of sound between instruments, lyrics and wordless vocals. The sound is built off of heavy psychedelic guitars that range freely around a moving bass, frantic drumming and heavy synth with some brass added in for that Kayo Dot type feel. Indeed, you can hear some influence of that band and the music also reminds me of early Mercury Rev material also. This music is very experimental, but is by no means ambient. It is usually harsh and heavy, sometimes going way over the top with noise and dissonance.

The album follows this style throughout with only a few breaks in the chaos at the beginning of "Dreamland II" and the lovely "Sleepwalker". This is great neo-psychedelia music, but at times it is weakened by the production, but not enough to be a major issue. The vocals are not very decipherable, but that is what you would expect from this style of music. At times, the vocals can get very chaotic just like the music, and in this way they become part of the entire picture instead of being the centerpiece of the music. In fact, the vocals never really become a centerpiece, but then, neither do any of the sounds or instruments.

This is a pretty good attempt at stretching the boundaries of rock and works well alongside the early music of Mercury Rev. If you appreciate that style of music, then you will love this. I find it a little too chaotic at times and there are too many passages that continue on without any real change for too long. I do admit I enjoy the last 3 tracks better than the rest of the album because there is at least a breakdown of the thick layered sound in those tracks to some extent. This is the saving grace of the music. I have to say that there are sections of the music that I am really impressed with the musicality and the sound, but there are too many places where I just feel buried by the sound. The music is good, but I can't really consider it essential, though I do hear some leanings to much greater explorations in the future. Not bad, but not great either except for some instances. 3 stars.

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3.00 | 3 ratings

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Kamikaze
Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Curiously, seems that every new Perhaps release has nine minutes less to offer, Volume 1 has 37, Volume 2 has 28 and this new EP entitled "Kamikaze" has 19 minutes; another common thing is that those three releases are a one-song-album, and of course, that all of them have good music to share. However, this time we see a new face of Perhaps, far from that math rock, loony and fast experiments they did in their full length albums, here, they bring us a different sound, closer to the slow and atmospheric side of post rock, which might also be called new age.

So once again I can say these guys are talented, they have no barriers, they simply create and play the music they want to share, no matter if its sound drastically changes from one release to other. Well, since the very first seconds we can notice the music has something quite different, we can listen to a sitar and its beautiful sound, being accompanied by a soft piano and some synth noises as background, like a spiritual meditation with even some vocals that start after a minute and a half. Later the song continues and a vast salad of sounds begins, so I recommend you to have good headphones so you can actually appreciate those sounds, the different instruments, the nuances and atmospheres they bring, which in moments create an inspirational mood that is healthy for our souls.

After 11 minutes there is a passage I enjoy a lot, the atmosphere continues but this time some soft guitar riffs appear, enchanting the music and putting some light into that relaxing mood. I love the combination of electric guitar with sitar, both implement opposite textures that at the same time create a whole, so both are the perfect complement. The music flows, and all of a sudden you realize there are two or three minutes left, so the music passes fast, in spite of being relatively slow.

I like this EP, I love how Perhaps dare to morph and offer different music, however, I am still amazed by their Volume I and hope they can bring us something like that soon. Almost 20 minutes of nice music, so my final grade will be 3 stars.

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3.61 | 15 ratings

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Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars Now the second, which is also great!

Volume Two continues with the exquisite salad of sounds, rhythms and musical styles provided by Perhaps, this great power trio from the USA whose talent is simply undeniable. This time, their second album is once again a one-song-album but now the length is 10 minutes less than the first one, so here you will have 28 minutes of a feast of good music, changes in time and mood and of course, that cool mixture of sounds and instruments.

Here the first minutes have an inherent tension, one does not really know what will happen next, the sound is nervous like some improvisation at first, later a repetitive bass sound and synthesizers put that tense mood. A diversity of sounds appear later after five minutes, electronic noises adding strange atmospheres while the guitar plays some disturbing noises, but well, this first tense stage finishes at minute 6 when the math rock style they offered in the Volume One returns, you can easily recognize that change into this new post- rockish passage, the strings and drums sound make it evident.

That craziness and energy they had is back here, so we can move our heads and feel the intensity they implement. After ten minutes the style changes and becomes spacey, like a space rock jam which at the same time sounds like krautrock; then we can hear a boomerang of rock with some cool guitar riffs included. What is different from the first albums is that in this one Perhaps included much more the synthesizers effects, they are here almost all the time putting nuances and textures in the music, changing a little bit the direction of their sound.

Before reaching the 20th minute, there is a notable change in the music, the guitar plays repetitive notes in a fast but softer way and a new passage begin, closer to rock and roll, and of course to post and math rock. After 22 minutes an atmospheric movement begins, much calmer, much slower, like a relaxing tea for a vertiginous day, and it goes on until the last two minutes in which the intensity increases and becomes more emotional. Later, the song/album finishes.

Perhaps is a surprisingly good band, a new act that has to be discovered by so many people whose musical tastes are not truly conventional, this band has a lot to offer, their talent is here, you just have to take some time to listen to them. By the way, their music is downloadable in their Bandcamp site, so go ahead. Though this second volume is also cool, it is behind its predecessor, their debut is simply stunning, while this one is simply good. Three stars.

Enjoy it!

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 Volume One by PERHAPS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 103 ratings

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Volume One
Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
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4 stars An excellent one song album!

They are Perhaps, a power trio from the United States that has entered in the progressive rock scene in the last two years, with a couple of eclectic albums whose title are simply "Volume One" and "Volume Two", now I am focusing on the first one, which is the one you should dig first if you want to know this peculiar band. This album as I told you, consists on only one song which of course has a lot of subdivisions, passages that you will notice while listening to the 37 minutes it offers.

It is evident that a band whose debut album has a long composition must have talented musicians, and Perhaps have them, guys that really know what to do, what to play in the correct moment and what to transmit; their compositional skills are pretty good, you can realize of it here. So it is very brave for a band to do this, and if the result is good, as it actually is, then one has to thank them for it. If you are fan of the math-rockish side of progressive rock (or the proggy side of math-rock) then you will have a good time with Perhaps.

Important to mention that despite the band consists of three members, there are some guest musicians in this record, playing different instruments. Well, the music starts really soft, with a couple of minutes of tranquility, almost silence, but then the explosion appears and the musicians brilliantly give a dose of energy captured in a math rock style, you can tell it by the guitar sound, which is greatly complemented by fast bass and drums. Also, you will find countless time changes that are not necessarily separated in passages or movements, they bring us sudden changes from one second to another, but what is the best, is that none of those changes harm the music, they come naturally and one can easily enjoy what is listening to.

After eight minutes the first of the "non-conventional" instruments appear, it is a saxophone that puts a delicious sound over a cool repetitive bass rhythm and background, here the sound is not really post or math rock, but jazzy or even avant-garde, letting us know that Perhaps don't actually fit in just one label, because they know how to mix up different styles into one single song without being abrupt. A jam can be heard later, the guys become crazy and they do what they want to do, one can only listen with open ears and enjoy this loony sound.

There is a weird moment at minute 13 when it seems they lose their nerves and began to create just noise, but it only lasts some seconds, later the music returns to its math-rock sound, but well, wait a minute because it lasts again some seconds and then the music changes and constantly mutates in question of seconds, taking elements of hard rock in moments, however, their math style prevails. After 19 minutes there is a moment I like because there is a brief stop, then a kind of electronic passage but when it disappears a wonderful trumpet appears while bass and drums mark the rhythm, the sound of the trumpet is exquisite, as well as the music, which is constantly flowing, progressing until it becomes in a space rock tune blended with jazz. It is amazing to see how they managed to reach this style after 20 minutes of a salad of sounds. Amazing!

Well, as you can imagine the changes continue, this blend of styles and craziness given by these three guys is wonderful, so one can have a feast of good music provided by Perhaps in these 37 minutes, however, I believe there are some moments in which their ambitious (in the positive sense of the word) took their nerves and created some seconds of music that can be skipped, but well, there are just brief moments, in general their work is simply wonderful. At minute 30, there is a considerable stop, the fast and energetic sound vanishes, there is a silence and the song begins to build a new structure. Then little by little new elements are being implemented, the music progresses and in for six or seven more minutes Perhaps bring us a gentler post rock sound driven by guitar, which later is beautifully accompanied by strings such as violins, viola and cello, offering a wonderful and emotional post rock passage until the music finishes.

This is a great work by Perhaps, a challenging album whose result is very positive, eclectic, and comfortable for fans of progressive rock and post rock. If you like this kind of long tracks in which you will listen to a blend of different musical styles, you will love this. Almost a masterpiece.

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 Perhaps & Damo Suzuki by PERHAPS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Perhaps & Damo Suzuki
Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Neu!mann
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2 stars After releasing two EPs of sometimes thrilling retro-modern psychedelic jamming, the young Boston trio Perhaps made a significant move to further cement their credentials by collaborating with Krautrock icon Damo Suzuki, offering a sample of the results as a digital freebie on their bandcamp website.

It's a concert recording (with some studio overdubs), obviously improvised on the spot, and showing an unsurprising connection to the 'instant compositions' of live CAN circa 1971, thanks in part to the intuitive caterwauling of Suzuki, as always more an eccentric vocal artist than a polished singer. Here he seems to have been grooving to a melody that existed in his head alone, while the band attempted to follow his brainwave mumbling with not altogether cohesive results.

A real spiritual kinship exists between the musicians. But that bond doesn't stretch very far over the entire, unbroken 23-minutes of music, and there are times when Suzuki and his hosts don't even seem to be playing in the same room together. Improvised music, no matter how freeform, needs to follow some sort of internal logic, even if it's audible only to the participants. Despite an occasional flash of synchronicity between the players, their collective muse was occupied elsewhere for much of this performance.

But the recording was never intended as anything more than a throwaway gift to fans, with no strings attached. And apparently only for a limited time: the link on the band's web page is now gone. No one can say the price wasn't fair, however. And we can only hope other (and better) concert tapes surface before too long. Any musical group willing to take such chances deserves our applause and support.

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 Volume Two by PERHAPS album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.61 | 15 ratings

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Volume Two
Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars The sequel to one of the more celebrated debut efforts in recent years has attracted only a handful of reviews so far on this site. Either the novelty of the band's dynamic Math Rock has worn off (unlikely, after hearing this new EP), or their otherwise well-calibrated marketing machine needs a quick lube job.

Like its predecessor, "Volume Two" presents an episodic, uninterrupted slice of musical mayhem, played by a tightly-knit power trio led by ace guitarist Sean McDermott. The new EP, available as a name-your-own-price deal from the band's website, is about 25% shorter than the first chapter. But the drop in quantity in no way compromises the quality of the music, which is arguably even more focused than "Volume One", and with a harder edge of eclectic psychedelia.

The trio picks up more or less where they left off at the end of the previous set, but the new music is hardly a retread. Imagine it instead as a fraternal twin, separated at birth from its more popular sibling, and with a very different agenda. The gradual introduction (lasting almost a quarter of the full piece) sets an ominous, almost industrial mood, finally releasing its accumulated tension in a typically busy but surprisingly upbeat jam. Which in turn is only a further warm-up to a driving seven-minute solo by McDermott likely to annihilate any amateur air-guitarist, and from there moving to a robust Space Rock coda.

Even in its more frenzied moments it can sometimes sound like an academic exercise in algebraic rock. But with two strong recordings now in the can, the band has proven themselves to be more than just a fluke. So how about something more ambitious next time out: a full-fledged album for instance? And maybe it's time to reconsider the wishy-washy moniker. Perhaps? Try Certainly, instead.

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