Post hardcore/math rock/alt-hip hop band. Three piece. Noisy bois. Reading, UK.
Formed and based out of Reading, UK – Masquerader is a contrast of noisy experimental electronics with a live-instrument rhythm section, balancing tricky time signatures with moshpit energy.
We are Tim, Chris and Danny; a drummer, bassist and synthesist-vocalist respectively. The three of us met and formed in 2016 out of the University of Reading music scene and a couple of part-time jobs in a local rehearsal studio. We each found ourselves stuck from a creative lull, and we bonded over the imposter syndrome feeling of being musicians without active projects. As we thought of it, the sense of being a masquerader.
Drawing influences from post-hardcore punk, math and noise rock, and alt hip-hop, our band is a raw portrait of the friction against our musical and emotional discomfort. Forgoing lead guitars, we embrace a sparse and stripped-back dynamic as a core band – filling the sonic void with angular electronics, whilst lyrically firing from the hip at the world’s shortcomings.