Upsilon Acrux is an instrumental quintet (dual guitars, keyboards, bass and drums). Their music is generally very intense, loud, hard-hitting and unbelivably virtuosic. Upsilon Acrux's music is demanding on many levels, but mostly it demands that you listen to it a number of times before forming an opinion, because only after you've gotten familiar with it can you get past the sheer complexity and onslaught of it all and hear the amazing musicality of what they are doing. This combination of blazingly fast, interwoven musical lines delivered at blinding speed mixed with their unique melodic sense makes Upsilon's music instantly recognizable.
Upsilon Acrux are one of the most creative and original of the shockingly large number of great post-punk, avant-garde rock bands today. Their sixth album Radian Futura is explosive, intense and surprisingly beautiful intricate, instrumental rock music.
"...a feast of heavy, odd-time riffing" – Washington City Paper
"...a stunning example of both virtuosity and clever composition...amazing, and amazingly consistent...." – All Music Guide
"Seldom is music so challenging also so easy to listen to." – Prefix
"...there’s something revitalizing about hearing a band like Upsilon Acrux hitting their stride...." – Dusted
"Mixing instrumental complexity within highly structured mini epics...these guys sweat and spray us with the results." – Modern Drummer
“Upsilon Acrux is Amazzzzzzzzing” - Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth
“Upsilon Acrux makes some of the most detailed compositions I have ever heard” – Nels Cline
"Active in various configurations for a decade, the SoCal quintet condense hundreds of ideas into an instrumental supercollider and keep them vibrating on the brink of fission. The result is scary. The compositions -- spun with tight intensity by two guitars, synth, bass and drums -- link and overlap fragments from all over the musicsphere: Zappa carnivalations, Television accelerations, science polka, metallic fury, distant reggae. It’s nervous, sparky, often dissonant but more listenable than you’d think, even the 28-minute “Transparent Seas,” a work of symphonic scope spanning from switchback blasts to crushed nobility, with an elegant waltz in the middle so you can catch your breath...Strong cover art, funny song titles (“Keeping Rice Evil”) -- it’s hard to fault Upsilon Acrux except to wonder why they limit their audience to smart folks obsessed with metal/punk/art imaginings by fringineers.... Most of us come to music when we want to get drunk and screw; Paul Lai and his cabal get out their axes when they want to drink espresso and do calculus. Takes all kinds. Fortunately." – metaljazz.com
Radian Futura press release
Upsilon Acrux have been in existence for a decade in various formations, from a duo to an octet. Their current lineup of dual guitars, bass and drums is described by the band themselves as "our favorite version" of the group and it's a polyrhythmic squirly monster. This is Upsilon Acrux's fifth album of aggressive, intricate, athletic, complex and composed post-punk instrumental rock. Galapagos Momentum fuses the animalist attack of punk rock with a daring complexity and unusual instrumental techniques and sonorities. The music that results is very powerful but upon further listening, you'll realize that it features strangely beautiful melodies that unfurl like some anaerobic Martian flower. These guys will turn your brain to paste and you will be happy that they did!
"Technically brilliant, rhythmically unbelievable, with just the right amount of melody...for fans of avant rock and insane jazz rock." – Disagreement.net
"...a refreshing ability to reference artists from Robert Fripp to John Coltrane with crushing irreverence. Maybe the last of the cool guitar bands." – Exclaim!
"...inspiring and exhilarating..." – splended e-zine
Galapagos Momentum press release