Sand Reckoner is named after a work by second-century BC Greek scientist and mathematician Archimedes. "His paper called The Sand Reckoner basically was his way of estimating how many grains of sand it would take to fill up the universe," says Hughes. "He was the first one to work with such large numbers. I read the paper, thought it was a cool thing, and thought it would make a cool band name. It fits pretty well." But, adds Lesh, it still leaves something to the imagination: "Knowing our sound, it feels like it well-represents us, but I don't know that if you don't know our sound you'd automatically think Sand Reckoner is a psych-rock band. We wanted something thought-provoking. There aren't that many band names anymore that mean something."
Finding meaning in a name is all well and good, but in the end it's the songs that count. And after spending the past year crafting their album with Northeastern recording professor Jim Anderson — compiling more than 60 songs — Sand Reckoner is ready to soundtrack their identity. "It feels like the first time our recording can match the live show," says Lesh. "It's the first time we're proud enough of a record to show everybody."
SAND RECKONER + THE NIGHT BEATS + MMOSS + APACHE DROPOUT | O'Brien's Pub, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston | April 5 @ 8 pm | 21+ | $8 | 617.782.6245
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