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Los Angeles Triptides are no ordinary psych rockers. They're American but signed on a French label and their latest record is heavily influenced by Brazilian music. But are the results as exciting as the intriguing proposition sounds?
For all the elderly fans of LSD, weird noisy flutes and 60's revival music (be relieved, it's almost the end for you), then Tripides are the band you're looking for! They have got it all; the Byrds-like style, Rickenbacker guitars and kaleidoscope clothing that are very cliché, but somehow necessary for the whole psychedelic picture of a band playing this genre. You could say Triptides's take you on a musical journey, but then everybody says that, don't they?
Like every journey, it has its ups and downs. The excitement and the prospect of a "journey" alone is quite a starting point. And on closer inspection, yes, there are greats moments on the Afterglow journey. Take Throne of Stars, Invitation. And yes there are some songs where you wish the journey was a little shorter and a bit less predictable, like What For and July. But listen to our number one French writer Monsieur Corentin, who recently caught them live in Berlin, Triptides are a very tight band. Scroll down for a quick interview with the band!
"Frankie And The Witch Fingers is the dirtier, heavier brother of Triptides"
Right, you're back from a big UK/European tour, simple question, how was it? You finally met the french label (Requiem Pour Un Twister) you've worked with for a some years now! It was beyond amazing! We experienced so many new places and met some unforgettable friends. The show that stands out in particular was our last show of tour. It was at Mišmaš Festival in Bojkovice, a small town in east Czech Republic. We played in this old stable that was packed with the most energetic music fans we could have imagined. It was a truly humbling experience.
It was awesome to finally play a show for Alexandre and Etienne after all these years. These guys have trusted and believed in our music for a long time now, and it was a true honour to be able to perform the songs in front of them. Alexandre might have danced harder than anyone else in the audience.
How did you choose the songs on the new record Afterglow? Afterglow and Azur were actually recorded in the same sessions back in Indiana. We realised some of the songs had a more poppy, jangly feel, while the others felt more psychedelic and summery, so we grouped them accordingly. We were listening to a lot of Brazilian music like Caetano Veloso and Os Mutantes at the time.