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Math and Physics Club

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  • Formed: Seattle, WA
  • Years Active: 2000s


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The Math and Physics Club are a twee pop group that formed in Seattle in 2004, when guitarist James Werle and vocalist Charles Bert, who had been collaborating on various recordings up until that point, started working with drummer Kevin Emerson, violinist Saundrah Humphrey, and bassist Ethan Jones. Sounding something like a cross between the Smiths, the Field Mice, and Belle & Sebastian (in other words, extremely twee), the Math and Physics Club were snapped up by Matinée by the end of the year. Their debut EP on that label, Weekends Away, came out in February 2005; the disc enjoyed quite a bit of critical buzz, and was in regular rotation on Seattle's KEXP that year. Proving that they were anything if not prolific, the Math and Physics Club had another EP, Movie Ending Romance, out on Matinée by the time summer rolled around. Their self-titled debut full-length, produced by Kevin Suggs, came out a little over a year later, and they followed it up with a modest East Coast tour. Having taken a quick breather at the beginning of the year, the Math and Physics Club returned with another Matinée EP, Baby I'm Yours, in the summer of 2007. During a long break between releases, Humphrey and Emerson left the band (though Emerson stuck around to play drums on the next album). I Shouldn't Look as Good as I Do was released in early summer 2010. The group toured the UK in 2011, then heading to Dub Narcotic studio to work on their next record. Produced by Ethan Jones and Bob Schwenkler, Our Hearts Beat Out Loud was released by Matinée in late 2013.