Stop whatever you’re doing for some long-awaited news: Three Trapped Tigers have a new album on the way, their first since their 2011’s mighty debut Route One or Die. Entitled Silent Earthling, the effort arrives on April 1st via Superball Music.
The trio may not have released an album in nearly five years, but they have been busy with a multitude of other unique projects, stellar collaborations and touring, all of which helped to shape the new album. They were part of an electro-orchestral, multi-media reworking of Joy Division material, played Goldie’s album Timeless at the Royal Festival Hall, performed the Blade Runner soundtrack, and have also played with bands like Deftones and Dillinger Escape Plan, to name a few. Whilst writing Silent Earthling, Three Trapped Tigers worked with Underworld’s Karl Hyde and Brian Eno, whose ‘Oblique Strategies’ cards were employed and proved instrumental in “forcing the group out of their comfort zones”, as the label describes.
“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?”, said guitarist and keyboard player Matt Calvert. “Some of the tunes are quite aggressive, some are poignant, some are just dumb, rocking fun… I guess we have tried to refine our sound whilst keeping it vital and exciting.”
We had the immense privilege to see them perform the entire album from beginning to end in a special show in London last June, which makes us all the more anxious to get our hands on Silent Earthling. Luckily, the band have shared the first single to be taken from the record, the monumental title track. Here it is.
To celebrate the album’s release, Three Trapped Tigers have also announced a run of dates across the UK beginning mid April in Glasgow and including a show in London at Scala on April 28th. See the full run of dates below.
17th April – Hug and Pint, Glasgow
18th April – Think Tank, Newcastle
19th April – Fibbers, York
20th April – Buyers Club, Liverpool
21st April – Deaf Institute, Manchester
22nd April – Bodega, Nottingham
23rd April – Rainbow, Birmingham
25th April – Purple, Reading
26th April – Boileroom, Guildford
28th April – Scala, London
30th April – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
2nd May – The Lantern, Bristol
3rd May – The Haunt, Brighton
9th May – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
10th May – Portland Arms, Cambridge