Jim Carroll

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Tune of the Week – “Track 1″

I keep going back to this tune and trying to work it out. The band are called Three Trapped Tigers, they hail from London town and, yep, there are three of them. The name comes from Guillermo Cabrera Infante’s book …

Thu, Jan 22, 2009, 12:10

   

I keep going back to this tune and trying to work it out.

The band are called Three Trapped Tigers, they hail from London town and, yep, there are three of them. The name comes from Guillermo Cabrera Infante’s book about hanging out in Havana before Castro came along.

Towards the end of last year, TTT released an EP with five tracks on it. None of the tracks came with a name, which is a mite confusing at first but you get used to it. The EP was produced by Gordon Raphael who worked with the Strokes (the band, I hasten to add, sound nothing like the Strokes). He saw the band at a house party and went “eureka!” or words to that effect.

Three Trapped Tigers produce music is quirky, glitchy and kinky. I keep reading pieces comparing them to Battles or Holy Fuck, but moments like this one, when TTT go all jazzy and mental and fly close to the heart of the sun, are more like “Theme de YoYo” remade by kids weaned on Dischord, Metalheadz and weirdbeard jazz-not-jazz improv. It’s frantic, giddy and dastardly all rolled into one monster truck wig-out. Jazzwise magazine said they were “a little unorganised, which is a kind of neat way of looking at it.

You can get up close and personal with “Track 1″ here