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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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3.92 | 119 ratings
Volume One
2012
3.61 | 15 ratings
Volume Two
2013

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3.00 | 3 ratings
Perhaps & Damo Suzuki
2013
3.00 | 1 ratings
Kamikaze
2013

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 Kamikaze by PERHAPS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Kamikaze
Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
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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 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 memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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.

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 Volume One by PERHAPS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.92 | 119 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
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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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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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Volume Two
Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Perhaps made a massive prog splash with their first volume and caused quite a stir in the prog community as they demanded to be noticed and nobody worth their salt in the progiverse could ignore them. They return with a release just under 30 minutes; so who could resist? It sounded like a fun way to spend an afternoon on a rainy day so here we go. Perhaps Volume Two takes off with a droning pulsating ebb in the first few minutes that builds ominously and reminds me of Krautrock such as Faust or even shades of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Then a grungy guitar begins to howl and moan as though being tortured with an unsettling aura. A blood bolstering bassline pounds solidly and makes the heart quicken. Then the band really take off into full flight with sporadic jazz percussion, barking mad lead guitar and spasmodic bass; this is what we came to hear!

It slows and then decides to gain pace again at about 9 and a half minutes. Where to from here? This is challenging music so it could go anywhere and I hoped it would. After a messy irregular slice of dissonant rock it locks into a rock guitar vibe, and then switches time sigs for no reason other than to blow out the drummer. He struggles to keep up as the pace gets into death metal mode, then a screaming guitar solo bursts through. That's a guitar in pain right there! It squeals and glitches and cries out in agony and the rhythm is now channelling the space rock of Hawkwind. Indeed there is a spacey reverbed delay on the guitar, and the bass is pummelling.

The guitar gets more chaotic and blazes gloriously along the slowing down bass and drums. The drummer is having a field day on the cymbals and the bass is hypnotic speeding to a frenetic pace. At 17 minutes it sounds again like space rock; did Dave and Nik enter the room? The band sound like they are having way too much fun as this evolves into an improvised freakout of fret melting lead guitar and bass that Lemmy would be proud of.

Towards the end it sounds like the opening of ACDC's 'Thunderstruck'. Then we settle into a straight four on the floor rock time sig. not for long though as a demented waltz tempo strikes up. The lead guitar is an inferno tearing up the rhythm admirably. The bass mixed to the front is awe inspiring. The pace slows at about 22 minutes in and it is a calm tranquil atmosphere after the maelstrom previous.

I loved this track but it feels way too short and would benefit by being a section of the part one release. Part One was shattering music, that built into a frenzy of musical instruments competing for supremacy, and at times sounding like an explosion went off in a music shop. This part two track is not quite to that high standard but still pleases the ear with dissonant textures, polyphonic rhythms and fiery percussion with irregular beats. I think the band really set the bar high with their debut and this recent release does not have the flurry of musical instruments of the previous part and tends moreover to focus on the lead guitar. However again, Perhaps prove they are a band to be taken notice of. Look forward to more from these innovators.

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Perhaps Post Rock/Math rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars At long last we have the follow-up to 'Volume One', and although it is somewhat shorter than the last album we yet again have a single piece of music. Last time the guests joining the trio were strings and woodwind, but this time we have a couple of synth players, a guitarist and just the one sax, so the music has changed somewhat. However, yet again it is a compelling, almost beguiling and entrancing piece that drags the listener in. Although there are large sections where the band are bouncing ideas off each other, there are others which are highly complex and clearly orchestrated, and these pieces often don't appear to link together and the feeling is that it is often separate songs that have been put together as one, as opposed to a 'genuine' long piece of music.

But some of the interplay between Jim Haney (bass), Sean McDermott (guitar) and Don Taylor (drums) is nothing short of stunning. Just listen to what is happening at the eight minute mark, and I can guarantee that your mouth will drop open as you hear just how tight and complex these guys are. Jim sees no reason at all as to why his bass should just be in the background and can be a complementary lead in its' own right while Don obviously doesn't want to be left out while the other two have all the fun.

While containing elements of RIO, free jazz, krautrock, and loads of others, this is music that is often not as challenging as it may first appear and these guys have come up with yet another incredible piece of work, which yet again is yours for the paltry sum of whatever you want to pay. It's about time these guys got signed and released some CDs. www.perhaps.bandcamp.com

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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 kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars When bassist Jim Haney contacted me to let me know that Perhaps had a new album out, I quickly went over to their Bandcamp site to grab it. But, when I got there I saw not only their new album but also this release which also involves Damo Suzuki. It is only in the last three or four years that I have started listening to Can, and can't believe that I somehow managed to avoid them before. Needless to say I grabbed this as well, and I am so glad that I did. This was the first time that Perhaps had performed with a singer, not surprising given the nature of their music, but Damo slotted right in as if this was actually his band. There is a power and dominance to this 23 minute improvised piece of music which is quite inspiring. It may not be easy music to listen to, but it is incredibly compelling and something that the discerning listener (i.e. the ones who won't say that this is a noise and a load of rubbish before spending the time to get inside it) will get a great deal from.

Oh yes, it's free as well. So if you are a fan of Can, Perhaps, or improvised music in general, this is something to savour. www.perhaps.bandcamp.com

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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 octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars This second single track album was expected to be a follow-up to the first. Well, it's still made of a single track, even if shorter, with totally different sections jointed by very well thought and performed transitions, but it's not exactly the same kind of things of the first.

The first 6 minutes lay between the studio side of Ummagumma and electronic drones in Kraut style. The various sections are less easy than on Volume One, with noisy elements and sometimes dissonances, with an exciting rhythmic part just in the middle of the track containing also a very good guitar solo, containing a bit of standard rock-blues very well driven by bass and drums.

More than a follow-up to volume one it appears to be more a complement to it, even in that sort of noisy psych rock between minutes 13 and 19 on which the guitar sounds like Jimmy Page or Hendrix at Woodstock. The bass is clean and high-volumed. It sometimes reminds to the System of a Down, but it's just for a bit, as a sort of waltz arrives quite suddenly to bring the guitar out of hell. Bass and drums work intensively throughout the track until a Floydian segment arrives at minute 23, then some tapes and electronic beeps close it.

A rating? I have given 4 stars to the about 40 minutes of Volume one, so I could give 3 stars to the less than 30 minutes of volume two, but I have really enjoyed it. Volume One was a surprise and this has contributed to its high rating, anyway Volume Two is as good and I imagine a CD reissued with both the tracks. Would it be a 5-stars release?

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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 Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

4 stars Like their previous release, Volume One, Perhaps has created Volume Two as a single long track (although almost ten minutes shorter than the first). As a bass player, I appreciate that this group presents it's bottom out front (not in the same way as Miley Cyrus, in her recent awards show appearance).

The track is a blend of psychedelic improvisation and some tightly orchestrated avant-garde segments. The improvisation is splended, mostly led by some blazing guitar work. But it's in the orchestrated parts of the track where I am most impresses. Speedily plucked bass fits perfectly with the guitars in melodies and harmonies that most remind me of avant virtuosos Henry Kaiser and Mike Kenneally. They provide the setup for the improvs, as well as transitions between the differing segments of the piece.

As I stated in the rewiew of Volume One, Boston, despite the presence of the Berklee School, is not an easy place for such a challenging band to exist. I applaud these musicians for making such an effort in this town.

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