Call it magic of magnetic reverberations, a clash of spectrums or simply brilliant acoustics, Three Trapped Tigers make instrumental rock cool, beautiful and jam-worthy. Like Explosions in the Sky, their music is as fitting for the score of a film as it is worthy of a vivacious crowd at a music festival. In fact, this trio from London has earned street cred mostly for the strength of their live performances, and, now it seems, they seek further recognition.
Since their 2011 LP release, Route One or Die, the group has been in such demand that touring became not only a priority, but the will of their insistent and doting fan base. Accordingly, the band came, they played, and they killed it, and now the world awaits their next psychedelic groove to tinge its ears. Expectations are all over the place, and while the group hasn’t said much, they did offer one tipoff recently on their Twitter page.
“Anyone wondering what direction we’re taking the next album in…Here’s a hint,” they tweeted with a link to a performance of “Asian Hooker” by Steel Panther.
In an interview with God Is In the TV from August, bandmates Matt Calvert and Tom Rogerson also suggested there may be a change of pace this go around.
“There’s also now this big expectation for us to be this big live powerhouse, especially with [Adam] Betts with us,” Calvert tells the outlet referring to their third member. “I think that was really in mind with the arrangement of the last record, we really took liberties with the production of that, because the more we played it, it just felt like a band playing in a room, so that’s what the album ended up sounding like. So I think if we then made an album that was really interesting sonically, and production wise, it might be a really rewarding headphone listen, but might not be the most spectacular thing to watch. So I guess now trying to go forward from here, what we think about is trying to break out of the fear of that I think.”
Three Trapped Tigers makes music that is progressive, yet sophisticatedly structured. Without sparing the fundamentals of melody and harmony, they create a Radiohead-like experiment with their mesmeric instrumental records. The band came together in 2007, and has been steadily releasing EPs and playing shows since the onset. It wasn’t until last year however, with their official album debut, that their music started getting the hype of the entertainment word’s most elite tastemakers, including the BBC and NME, the latter of which deemed them, “the sound of imagination itself.”
The pressure to follow-up such success appears not to have gotten to the band’s head, however, nor has the attention escaped their sense of humor.
“We’re listed as part of the BBC Music Music Video Festival,” they write on their Facebook page. “Pretty sure we’re the smallest/weirdest band in there.”
In another entry, they call out a remark on one of their music videos. “Curious comment on the “Reset video” popped up last night… ‘this video was just an elephant into a bindered colored pencil helped an shooting starred for life beside painting Van Gogh upped my asshole so nice’… sure.”
Whether live or in stereo, the sounds of Three Trapped Tigers arguably meets such unusual descriptions, as they volley from highs to lows, big bass to minimalist keys, dramatic guitar riffs to the basic click of drumsticks. Imagine it in pictures – swimming with clothes on, flying, dancing in the rain, wandering aimlessly – there’s music for every mood and pace of life.
“From the very first day the band was originally about being an amazing live project, and ripping off the warped style in a live context. To that extent it started as an exercise, ‘What would happen if you tried to do that live?’” Rogerson explains to God Is In the TV. “From there, it developed into something altogether different, but that’s been the guiding principle for so long even when we’ve tried to get away from it at certain points and develop the sound. Now that the first album is fully out, I think we’ve bought ourselves the space to now go further.”
On their next project, Calvert adds, “I do feel it could probably sound however we want it to, and so when I have had passing thoughts about it, I’ve thought that well, even if we are still to include some ridiculous drum stuff for example, I think there’s ways that we can make it exist in a different context, to change the overall scope.”
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