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Triple Fast Action was an indie rock/alternative rock band started by Wes Kidd and Brian St. Clair, both previous members of Chicago band Rights of the Accused in 1995. Kidd went on to manage such bands as Cheap Trick, The Damnwells and fellow bandmate Kevin Tihista while working for New York-based Silent Partner Management. St. Clair joined the band Local H after stints as tour manager for Chicago’s Liz Phair and served as drum tech for Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick. Triple Fast Action member Kevin Tihista released several of his own solo albums after the band’s breakup.

Triple Fast Action was one of many Chicago area acts signed to Capitol Records during the multi-year label frenzy that also snatched up the Smashing Pumpkins, Fig Dish, Loud Lucy, Veruca Salt, Red Red Meat, Certain Distant Suns, Liz Phair, The Lupins, Hum, Seam, Menthol, Urge Overkill, Stabbing Westward, Cupcakes and Local H, among others. The band supported such notable acts as Everclear, Lenny Kravitz, The Wallflowers and Veruca Salt over the course of its existence. The band’s first release, “Broadcaster”, was often referred to as “Cheap Trick meets Nirvana” and featured power-pop two-toned guitar crunch and a stunning power backbeat. The album sold poorly due to limited label support and despite lengthy touring across the U.S.

The group left Capitol and signed with the then-NY-based indie label of John Szuch’s (now based in Charlotte, NC) Deep Elm Records (Nada Surf, Brandtson, Pave the Rocket and Camber)to release the critically acclaimed “Cattlemen Don’t”. The first single, “Heroes” received some college radio airplay and won several nights of local WKQX FM’s battle of the songs.


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  • JeromesDream

    I want to know what the future holds.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ivanastronaut

    what a great band!

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • TaggingMachine

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    1 Aug 2010 Reply
  • buffalo333

    oh man, would a great band. they would tear your face off at live shows. they had that amazing Chicago distortion sound and wes kidd just rocked the vocals. how about reuniting for god's sake? Anyone remember seeing them live and some guy in the crowd would always shout "YOU GUYS ARE THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS OF ROCK!!!" ?? That guy was hilarious. Heard it in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis, so he got around!

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • glassjaw02

    I wish i would have been older in the t3fa days. I never got to see them live :(

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • guitarman16

    Also, Brian St. Clair is a fucking beast

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • guitarman16

    The song "if" is fucking amazing.

    22 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Enkor

    ........ this is a good band

    14 Apr 2007 Reply
  • danboog

    I voted.

    27 Aug 2006 Reply
  • Dumbloserme

    I proposed that band photo in November... only 4 other people have voted... VOTE!!!!

    12 Jun 2006 Reply

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