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Numbers 1-13. Blood and Biscuits

Numbers 1-13. 
Blood and Biscuits


From the age of about 15 I thought it was cool to try and look like Charlie from Busted. I thought stupidly dark eyebrows and poorly bleached hair which ended up dark ginger was cool, but surprisingly I got mocked. Then I got into my Dad's favourite band, Dream Theater. Again I was mocked, this time for liking 'twiddly guitar crap', but I persevered. Gathering together musicians who like playing mental music just makes sense. Now I have even more faith in this music as I have found Three Trapped Tigers, a ridiculously twiddly band that I love almost everything about. They have produced an album worthy of Dave Gilmour and more brilliant than looking like Charlie from Busted.

The Londoners create more noise than you would expect a trio to be capable of. With their album Numbers 1-13, their three previous EPs are pieced together, remastered and presented in their original order. The tracks are reliant solely on the music and do not falter due to the absence of vocals. There's a perfect balance between the keyboard, synthesizers, guitar and drums, creating a unique sound with differing time signatures, offbeat rhythms and extremely progressive elements.

'1' starts with an awesomely technical guitar riff and complementing drum beat leading to an explosion of prog bliss. As the album progresses, there is a real variety of sounds, such as on '2', which combines consistently loud drums with a more mellowed keyboard over the top. '3' shows off an aggressive and electronic style which works nicely alongside more subdued but no less technical songs like '4', '5', '9' and '13'. '12' is beautiful, sounding like Cinematic Orchestra meets Aphex Twin.

As a set of EPs, these tracks laid the foundation for Route One or Die, Three Trapped Tigers' first full-length album, consisting of eight tracks of equally good material. 'Creepies' shows they have kept a similar sound for their upbeat material, while downbeat tracks like 'Ulnastricter', 'Zil' and 'Magne' reinforce this consistency.

by Now Then Sheffield