Japanese band Tricot set up their own record label, Bakuretsu, alongside the band and after 12 releases have signed with Big Scary Monsters. Mixing the complex time signature changes and layering of bands such as Battles and Don Caballero with the catchy harmonies of J-pop and beyond. Think of a world where Deerhoof are your average pop band.
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Holy hell, Tricot, I simply can’t move this fast. The whole time I’ve been listening to the furiously mathy, jubilantly emo ‘3’, I feel like I’ve been in a widescreen chase with this Japanese rock outfit, hoping I’ll catch a shortcut and meet them ‘round the way. Moving from their own label to the aesthetically appropriate Big Scary Monsters, the band bring their brand of twisted happiness further into the limelight, offering what sound like emo tunes if they’d been shaken like a snow globe.
Hell of a ride, I must say: these songs all sorta mould into one with their frenetic drumming, super-fast chord progressions and crooning background harmonies, following the same kinda structures and emulating many of math’s greatest feelers, from the schematics of Ghosts and Vodka to the band soundscapes of toe to the incentivised post-hardcore of Plaids. At times the band truly commit to a poppier element, though, and you realise how fucking good they are at sticking this tangled cobweb sound in your head: “Yosoiki” drops out of its terse movements for chants of “Yeah yeah, woo woo!” that elicit an annoyingly large smile from me.
Good guitars on a speedrun with that kinda happiness that’s always tinged with sadness? I think we’re gonna be just fine. As they lull themselves into slower paces on tunes like the gently twanging and semi-funky “Sukima”, I realise Tricot actually have a respect for a little thing I like to call a timeout, and isn’t that just the icing on the top of this haphazardly sliced cake.
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