Circuit Sweet returned to see familiar faces of Three Trapped Tigers at The Frog and Fiddle Cheltenham March 8th. As previously promoted Three Trapped Tigers have released ‘Numbers…’ which is the first 3 EPs that TTT recorded and released (and since sold out) from 2008-2010. Celebrating the new physical release the trio embarked on a short March tour where they revisited their early material live.
This short intimate tour in March saw the band for the first (and possibly last) time play through their 3 EPs from start to finish. Due to technical difficulties on the night this wasn’t the case and although everyone was rather disheartened the band only dropping a few tracks from the set and yet still managed to leave the room in astonishment.
Individually the three musicians each bring their own creative competency to culminate exceptional compositions. Each track they played should be credited on its structure and format and how cleverly their work has been harmonised.
Abrasive, brash, hard-hitting yet skilfully controlled drum beats aided the focus on the night, drummer Adam’s attentiveness to the set highlighted his talents. His handled force and the striking beat he provided with such diligence; in order for his abilities not to overpower his two band mates sound.
Throughout each track boundless riffs are supplied by Matt and incredibly, some serious shred action. Providing twists and tweaks, Matt uses a multiple pedal/effect selection to consistently alter the atmosphere and mood that his guitar supplies and accompanies to each composition. From offering a harsh compelling sound to the frequent piercing bite.
Overall the set proved to be a compelling journey which sucks you in to the heaviness and depth of each orchestration and the many layers within the structure holding its volume. Again live their ability to articulate emotion within their electronic escalations and more importantly their attention to detail accompanies their credibility to captivate a crowd.
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