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Math Charlton

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From 1988 onwards


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By current profession an IT Consultant, Math has been a musician for over twenty-five years, composing his first songs in 1988 at the tender age of 16 using a humble Commodore 128 computer. He plays guitars of all shapes and sizes having started on the bass guitar in 1989 (in a precursor of Prime with Rob Charlton, Steven Charlton and Paul Smith). He moved onto the acoustic and electric guitars a couple of years later, dabbling also with the keyboard and the drum kit.

He recorded Fickle, his first album proper, in 1997. Three further albums followed: Bubblewrap in 2001, Loss Parity Gain in 2006 and, after a lengthy hiatus, Phantom Islands in 2017. The four albums cover a number of genres including pop, rock, indie, experimental, electronica and acoustic. Work has recommenced on his concept album (a prog rock, 18 track behemoth known as We Cirri), composed and scored in full throughout the 1990s, with a tentative release date of late 2018.

Apart from writing and gigging with Prime in the 1990s, he has been in other bands over the years including a studio-based Usfun (with James Newcombe) and Mareva Injunction. His current band Friends of Brutal Architecture, with Paul and Andy Turton is on an indefinite hiatus after writing, gigging and recording between 2004 and 2009.