Expanding on past influences whilst creating a unique style of music, this London-based trio incorporate a live cross-genre infusion of heavy grooves, pulsating sonics and electro-influenced beats - pushing psychedelic energy into a contemporary alternative sphere. Challenging today’s mediocrity in popular rock music TRIBAZIK’s subject matter breaks away from society’s constraints, and looks positively beyond the physical realm and the universe surrounding us.
Having been regulars on the metal circuit and with their own sound system on the underground rave scene, Jerry Kandiah (Vocals/Guitar) and Hedge Seel (Drums/Samples) joined forces and started developing a sound and style of playing that paid tribute to the music they love the most:
Acid Techno, Rave, Thrash Metal & Alt. Rock.
In fusing these genres, Hedge combines the Roland TD5-K electronic kit with his acoustic one, while Jerry utilises a Guitar to Midi set up, both of which trigger real time sounds. Random sample loops from analogue equipment (including Roland TB303, Monopoly, Novation, Juno 106 etc.) are formed, transferred to electronic drum pads, then thrashed out with heavy/melodic guitar, mad beats, unique arrangements and time signatures. The result sounds like Captain Beefheart jamming with Soulfly or a Thrash band playing at an old-school acid techno rave.
After hearing the 303 ridden ‘Yang To Yin’, bassist Paul Raven invited the band to support Killing Joke on two European tours. TRIBAZIK released their debut album All Blood is Red through Eastworld in March 2009. Mixed by Andy Gill (Gang of Four), Jaz Coleman added his own vocals to ‘Molten’ and appeared on the accompanying music video (released in April this year). Syan joined in early 2009. Her previous band Interlock released their critically acclaimed album Crisis//reinvention through Anticulture Records in 2004.
With a new influence in the band and a new approach to writing and arranging Jerry and Syan wanted to push the sound further. With the addition of Syan’s synth pedals and a guitar to MIDI converter (allowing synth sounds to be played live on the guitar as well as on the drum pads), the TRIBAZIK sound has become fatter, darker and more explosive. Tribazik’s live show involves an interactive multimedia experience that brings the audience closer to the band’s ethos. Thought-provoking visuals projected on stage draw on the potent lyrics.
“The new Pink Floyd of heavy metal.”
- DJ Grendel (Dawn Radio)
“Tribazik could become one of the UK’s finest bands.”
- Giles Moorhouse - Rock Sound
“…metal, rock, tribal, acid techno and world mixed up in a melting pot and spat out creating an original sound and packing quite a punch”
- Jo Elliot (bbc.co.uk)
“…Uncompromising stabbing riffs, sampled siren calls and war dispatches, and dark, ominous bass, all dragged along by righteously indignant booming vocals.”
- Emma Johnson (Kerrang!)
“…Whilst a lot of industrial fails to make an impact in the UK, this home-grown act fires out memorable track after memorable track.”
– Phill May (rockmidgets.com) (read less)
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