The Tristones
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The Tristones

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
Band Rock Blues




"The Tristones – Donkey"

Toronto quartet The Tristones (Tristan Clark on guitar and vocals, Ryan Farley on bass, Dylan Hemming plays keyboards and Trevor Falls drums) formed in 2009 and quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with on their local scene. Steeped in both the tougher side of ‘60s psychedelia – Hendrix and Blue Cheer come to mind – together with the straight up / head down ‘70s rock tradition, it’s no surprise they’ve caused a few musical ripples, especially as they thoughtfully included some big sing-a-long anthemic choruses, and insidious pop hooks.

Their music represents a back-to-basics approach to the rock format, and therefore sounds almost timeless. Frontman Clark possesses a soulful, rough-edged voice, ideally suited to his songs, and isn’t shy about letting rip on guitar. The three remaining members all supply sterling support, and all get the opportunity to shine on various tracks. On “Neighbour”, drummer Falls sounds like his floor toms have offended him in some way and he’s teaching them a lessen they’ll never forget. Indeed, the rhythm section is particularly lively throughout the dozen tracks, and with Hemmings unfussy keys providing depth and nuance, the sound is always full and rounded.

As for the songs, well the fore-mentioned “Neighbour” is definitely a keeper (love those backing vocals, by the way); “Levee” is an absolute monster rock track, propelled by a stunning riff and a terrific all-round performance. “I Knew You” represents their more pop side, though they don’t sacrifice an iota of their energy, and they conclude proceedings with the dark and foreboding “Elder Blues”, which should get Free fans reaching for the download button.
Phil S. - Leicester Bangs


"Donkey" - 2012
"The Tristones EP" - 2011



Tristan Clark, frontman and namesake of "The Tristones" is originally from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. He started playing guitar at the age of 11. Upon finishing high school, he relocated to Toronto to pursue an education and a career in the music industry. Tristan has studied with some of Canada and USAs guitar greats such as Pat Coleman, Ted Quinlin, David Occupinti and Oz Noy. He has been fortunate enough to play with jazz legends such as Dave Holland, Robben Ford, Oliver Jones, Dave Young as well as pop icons including Jacksoul, Jully Black, Dione Taylor, Divine Brown, Sean Lennon and Esthero (along side the Toronto Symphony Orchestra) and has opened up for world-class acts such as Oscar Peterson, Al Green, and Betty Levette. Tristan completed his degree in Jazz Performance at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario in 2005.

In 2009, Tristan founded the Toronto based blues-rock project 'The Tristones' with fellow transplanted Vancouver-Islanders, Ryan Farley (bass) and Trevor Falls (drums). The group was originally a trio but in 2011 they added Toronto's talented Dylan Heming (keys) and finally in 2012 filled the sound out with a second guitarist (and ironically a second 'Tristan' from Vancouver Island), Tristan Armstrong.

Always an entertaining group to watch perform,The Tristones are known for their huge 70's style riffs while giving you more hooks than a tackle box! Hope you enjoy!