Three Trapped Tigers

"TTT is at the cutting edge of contemporary music. Watch your fingers!” - Brian Eno



Almost five long years since the release of their acclaimed debut album Route One or Die, London's Three Trapped Tigers released their second full-length, Silent Earthling, onApril 1st.

"I think the problem for anyone striving to create their own sound is, once you – hopefully - have achieved that, how do you expand that whilst maintaining it?” asks guitarist and keyboard player Matt Calvert of himself on the evolution of Three Trapped Tigers. The answer in this instance is really rather a simple one and it is to be found within the glorious, eclectic and exhilarating Silent Earthling, an album that carries forward the unique idiosyncrasies the group have shaped for themselves, whilst simultaneously expanding into previously unexplored territory. 




For the unacquainted, Three Trapped Tigers are a band for which genres and labels struggle to keep up; they move - often at breakneck speed -  from screeching, effect-laden guitars, an arsenal of glistening sci-fi synths, pummelling sub-bass, colossal riffs and audacious drum patterns that both underpin and define their unique sound. As anyone who has seen their incendiary live shows will know, trying to pinpoint what makes the group such a force is a difficult thing to do. On stage they are something of a vortex, creating a swirling mass of layered sounds that sucks one in, possessing that rare ability of managing to sound complex and fluid whilst eschewing any feelings of pomposity or sterility - in full force Three Trapped Tigers feel both gracefully intelligent and wildly primal, gargantuan yet melodic. 



It has been these intervening five years since Route One or Die that have moulded the new record, through a combination of touring and live experiences as well as a rich and impressive series of collaborations and personal projects that have augmented the group’s palate. Touring with the likes of Deftonesand Dillinger Escape Plan. The group worked with Brian Eno and Karl Hyde of Underworld, using Brian’s ‘Oblique Strategies’ during the writing stages of Silent Earthling, something that proved an invaluable way of forcing the group out of their comfort zones. Through Brian they also performed at Punkt when Eno guest curated Punkt 2012, and played an improvised collaboration gig in Oslo with their synth hero Ståle Storløkken of Supersilent