Japanese alternative-rock band Tricot are pleased to announce they have signed to Big Scary Monsters Records and will release their new album 3 on 19th May 2017. The band will appear at ArcTanGent Festival 2017 and will be announcing further UK live dates over the coming months.
Formed in the historical and culturally rich city of Kyoto, Japan in 2010, the three-piece have gained a steadily-growing following with their high-energy live shows throughout Asia, Europe and North America over the past few years, recently supporting The Pixies in the UK. In March 2016 their third tour of Europe took in 21 shows across 12 countries on a schedule jammed with sold-out dates.
With their current line-up featuring founding members Ikkyu Nakajima (vocals / guitar), Motoko “Motifour” Kida (guitar / backing vocals), and Hiromi “Hirohiro” Sagane (bass / backing vocals), Tricot’s unusual and distinctive sound harmonizes pop sensibilities and emotional vocals with complex rhythms and time-signatures that fans of Battles, Speedy Ortiz and Don Caballero should fall instantly in love with. The three members all grew up near Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto: Nakajima and Kida in the neighboring Shiga Prefecture, while Sagane called the city home.
“My dad had a guitar while I was growing up, but he only taught me to play a C chord,” Kida says of her discovery of music. “I learned more from the back of music magazines, which had chord progressions printed in them.” She would eventually followed the same path as Nakajima and Sagane—they all joined their individual school’s band club, and played in various rock groups around town, before rearranging into their current configuration.
Singing in their native Japanese and utilising unpredictable song transitions, melodic post-rock-inspired sounds and jazz-influenced instrumental breaks, they’re an enticing prospect for avant-garde music fans and are renowned for their vibrant and intense live performances.
They’ve drawn on a wide variety of rock scenes, from slow-burning American post-rock to bustling Fukuoka’s frantic indie-rock, to create guitar-centric songs that constantly pivot in new directions, and their first two full-length albums, 2013’s T H E and 2015’s A N D, crashed into their home nation’s music charts.
3 is released 19th May 2017 via Big Scary Monsters