Label: Suicide Squeeze They may call this math rock but -- contrary to the attempt at pigeonholing -- it rarely gets boring. The only question that comes up during an earnest listen to their latest release, Highly Refined Pirates, is this: where would you place these guys? Then comes the rejoinder: who cares? Filled with complex guitar fingerwork, aural synth embellishment, and spiraling arrangements that recall everything from King Crimson to Food-era Talking Heads to later work from bands like Fugazi and Juno, Highly Refined Pirates is a trip through what's great about newer indie rock that doesn't sound like it's trying to be punk without the danger. Many songs on Highly Refined Pirates float ethereally above their conventionally driving drum and guitar lines, and pack a serious lyrical punch to boot. Highly Refined Pirates will probably satisfy the music notation nerds, the indie cynics, and the random listener searching for something indefinite in a saturated pop landscape looking to hawk the usual boring band du jour.