Four people from distinctly different backgrounds, Not to Reason Why came together much in the same way a riot evolves. A determined group of people whose good intentions soon morph into something much more. Utilizing a variety of different backgrounds, this foursome represents a fully loaded arsenal. Not To Reason Why lures their audience into a relaxed malaise with pleasant piano riffs and encapsulates their souls with heavy rhythmic articulation and soaring guitar lines with some of the most intense post-rock stylings this side of Japan. This powerful quartet does not just captivate an audience, they clasp their very souls in a vice-like grip. When listening to Not To Reason Why’s “Who Wants Flowers When They’re Dead?” be prepared for utter destruction, but always hold the knowledge that soon you will be rebuilt close to your heart. For thirty one minutes, there is no outside world, you are at the liberating mercy of four extremely talented musicians you have likely never met before. It is this surrender and the following intense existential experience that makes this EP by Not To Reason Why a must have. Music, performed in this manner, represents more than just melodic sound. It is pure artistic expression, well worth checking out.
"The sound takes you to this place; it's like finding yourself adrift on a tiny raft in a dark fog on the ocean ...when suddenly out of nowhere appears this impossibly freakin' enormous ocean liner, all lit up and glowing in the fog - this thing just looms up in font of you; it's scale is overwhelmingly humungous, you can almost touch it as it narrowly brushes by you ...and then slowly disappears into the fog."
“Not to Reason Why, named after a roadside flower stand in Cotati, is the newest star on the scene to specialize in orchestral indie rock reminiscent of Explosions in the Sky or Godspeed You Black Emperor. As overexposed as their chosen genre has been in recent years, Not to Reason Why nonetheless kick against its imagined barriers and create near-perfect soundscapes from piano, guitar, bass and drums.”
-Gabe Meline, Bohemian Newspaper
"Not to Reason Why hail from California. I can tell you all about their EP, Who Wants Flowers When They’re Dead?. A rather ambiguous title (do they mean dead flowers or dead folks?) fitting for a band that consciously genre hop. The group seem to be fond of clear cut timing, but instead of taking the usual Don Caballero/Battles route and channeling this into a creation of math-rock intensity, they slow things down and instead create an EP that effortlessly weaves between instruments and styles. Ample examples of this are the tracks “Mightiest Monster In All Creation Ravaging A Universe For Love” and “1.21 JiggaWatts!?” with the latter including pulsing melodic piano repetition which provides the backdrop for Explosions in The Sky-esque guitar reverb. Although this EP does draw upon the staples of instrumental rock, it also packs in plenty of unique moments, such as the rather ineffable (basically, problematic for me to describe) drums that crash and soar throughout the record; in short, the percussion is along the lines of the drumming of Hangedup, if it were a little bassier and less claustrophobic. Moving between moments of ambience and clattering reverb-heavy climaxes, the quartet have created an EP that packs quite a punch. With six tracks totaling in at 30 minutes, the EP contains a fair amount of material to work through, and although a sizable portion of it seems to be a nod to the usual names within instrumental music, there is enough here to suggest that Not to Reason Why may provide us with something more imaginative next time around."
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