How do you catch lightning in a box? If feral beasts can be caged, then anything is possible.
TTT are a band born out of a common challenge…
Bonding over the idea of dragging elements of IDM into the format of a live band, replacing computers with humans, rendering a backing track redundant and adding a humanized dimension to a robotic genre.
This experimental trio from London play like three caged beasts – sheer raw energy and power contained.
“The starting point was ‘how do we do IDM live’?” explains Tom Rogerson (Keys/Vox). “The crazy drum programming is the essence of the genre, there’s no way to replicate a drum machine going 250 bpm, it’s humanly impossible… but the attempt will throw up something interesting”
Forming in 2008 and taking their name from a book by Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante, they set themselves the challenge of writing, recording and self releasing 3 EPs. Allowing for growth and development as a band prior to approaching work on a debut LP.
“We wanted to slow things down a bit, and make sure we'd tried lots of different approaches before going into an album. The three EPs let us develop our sound and concept in many different directions in quite a scattergun way which might not make sense on a full-length.”
EP1 (red) was recorded in 2008 with Gordon Raphael in Berlin, it captured the band’s furiously raw live energy.
EP2 (yellow) saw guitarist Matt Calvert step into the producer role. It served as an amplification and exaggeration of all the ideas from the first EP, consolidating the identity of the band and reaching out further.
EP3 (blue) is the conclusion to the triptych of releases on their own label ‘Blood and Biscuits’. It features different tempos and more loops with more concentration on beats.
“the final EP focuses more on texture and atmosphere. It's less chaotic, and there's much less genre-jumping. It had to feel like it was the same band, but still developing, and heading for a conclusion.”
The series of EP’s themed artwork is a combined reference to the Columbian national flag (the nationality of Infante and setting of his book) and to Russian Constructivist Aleksandr Rodchenko’s 1921 exhibition ‘5x5=25’ which represented the death of painting.
The band’s output to date has made sure they’re constantly defying genre boundaries, while simultaneously overwhelming the music press:
“Twinkles and booms like a star being born, this feels like being hugged by a computerized god. this'll make fans of Lightning Bolt, Battles and Aphex Twin cream themselves”
“It sounds like the end of music as you know it and the beginning of something dazzlingly fresh”
“Gives the impression of a ticking bomb about to explode”
“Dischord + Warp = a listener's dream come true”
Drowned In Sound
“Effortlessly execute a paradox in sound that is as frantic as it is contemplative”
While their live show has to be seen to be believed:
“Is the machine half-man or the man half-machine? … One of the most exciting UK bands to emerge in 2009”
“This loud and twisted trio are the safest bets to take death-improv to the masses”
“Unlike any other band you’ve seen”
Loud and Quiet
Three Trapped Tigers have, in their short existence so far, proved there really are no limits to their imagination or ability.
Expect a mind melting but beautiful melding of melody, progressive live electro with opportune slashes of visceral guitar. Furiously schizophrenic and complex duelling Nintendo-style synths and textural electronica.