Members: Billy Riker, Joey Eppard, Michael Schirmer, Dave Bodie, Max Oleson, Dave Parker, Chris Gartmann
MATH was born in 1996 when Billy Riker, Joey Eppard and Ed Cercone got together to jam in Gram's Basement. Early on they used the name "The Ed Hot Billy Eppards" but eventually settled on MATH. The first rehearsal was recorded live to cassette via boombox and was all improvisation with no preconceived ideas whatsoever.
Over the next few rehearsals some songs were worked out whenever they found a moment to stop jamming. Their first show was at Graduation Party in uptown Kingston on the lawn in the backyard, a beautiful summer day. The local ice cream man "Mr. Ding-a-ling" even stopped by. They performed all of the structured songs with the exception of one improv piece added in.
Throughout 1996-97 MATH performed at a various outdoor summer parties and even a meditational gathering. For these shows it was half improv, half songs and eventually becoming almost exclusively improv. The band took a break for the next few years occasionally getting together and jamming.
In early 2000 shortly after Riker joined 3, MATH got together for a magical reunion in the studio and recorded material that was done live and all improv, this time incorporating Eppard's vocal skills and additional backing vocals from the band. This was followed up one month later in May 2000 with an all improv live show in Woodstock which was also recorded.
Now in June 2007 MATH is reforming with new members Dave Bodie (of Time of Orchids) on drums, Michael Schirmer on Keyboards and Max Oleson (of PEACEBOMB) on Vocals. All are masters of improvisation. They just recorded several hours of raw improvisational new material at the incredible Darkworld Studio in Kingston, NY for what will become the new album, InsertYourNameHere. The chemistry between the band members was exciting from the first note. Special guest appearance by Alanna Orr on the track "Duchess of Funk".
June 17th 2007. We have finished mixing half of the InsertYourNameHere record at Darkworld Studio and have put up ANOTHER 3 new songs. The previous tracks were rough mixes and these 3 new songs we put up are final mixes, but not yet mastered.