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"Mind To Ass Blowin' Beats"

http://www.pulverradio.com/blog/?p=464

This weekend I went to Providence to judge the final round of the 2007 WBRU Rock Hunt. The winners, a three-piece electronic group called Triangle Forest, completely blew me away. I’ll stop just short of saying it felt like my “mind being pushed through [my] ass with a triangle wave,” though. Which is a good thing, because the bathroom situation at The Living Room leaves much to be desired in the privacy department.

I’ll admit feeling a little skepticism when they didn’t set up any drums. Or sound check any guitars. And although I was put at east a bit when I saw a keytar make its way onto the stage, nothing prepared me for what was to come when the lights went down.

Brendan Britton (vox, keys, MIDI guitar), his brother Ben (drums, kinda), and Alexandra Kleeman (keytar, other less exciting key-based instruments) are each immensely watchable in their own way; the combination of the three is mesmerizing. Their sound, pop-sensible electronic dance rock with the occasional vocoder appearance, brought members of the audience who didn’t know what to expect from WTF to OMG in about half a song. A straight-up rocker crowd began to dance. I moved in for a closer look. I took my earplugs out. I kept trying to make eye contact with people I knew, to shoot them “can-you-believe-this?” looks. And before I was able to fully wrap my head around what I was witnessing, their 30 minute set was over.

So today I do an elbo.ws search for Triangle Forest to see what everyone else is saying. And I find…nothing. One quick mention from the Boston Phoenix. How can a band this good be under everyone’s radar? It’s not that they’re too new; when I asked them at the afterparty how long they’d been together the answer was two years.

A quick mental review of the NYC area bloggers I think would do backflips for these guys yields…well all of them. I don’t know why nobody’s talking about these guys yet (maybe they need a manager to beat on some doors for them) but here’s me doing my part to get the buzz rolling. Remember where you read about them first.

Their record is streaming at triangleforest.com but to get a better idea of what I fell in love with, listen to these two live cuts (1, 2)from WBRU before the show. And check out the video below for “An Empty Love.” - Pulver Radio


"Album Review"

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NOW critic's pick TRIANGLE FOREST Takeover (independent) Rating: NNNN

Maybe I was too young to really grasp the 80s, but I gotta say that if Triangle Forest echo that new-wave attitude and style as much as I think they do, I'd be down for investing in a time machine. On Takeover, the Providence, RI-based band manages to brilliantly conjure up and modernize the ghosts of Duran Duran, the Eurythmics, the Police and other heavyweights without sounding like neo bands like the Killers. With vocoder 'future vocals,' slick old-school drum machines and key-tars dropping brooding yet poppy melodies, Takeover is a veritable history lesson that sounds as fun as it does convincing. Triangle Forest play Sunday (August 20) at Sneaky Dee's.
Evan Davies
NOW | AUGUST 17 - 23, 2006 | VOL. 25 NO. 51

http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2006-08-17/music_discs7.php - Now Magazine


"Interview"

When Roger Williams first began to settle Rhode Island in 1636, he would never have guessed that in 370 years Providence would have formed “sister cities” with Phnom Penh, Florence, Riga and Santo Domingo, let alone his land once decreed as “God’s merciful providence” spawning an evil corporation fornicating and fighting under the band moniker Triangle Forest. Tyrone Warner came up with a list of demands and those corporate bastards did their best to comply.

Please introduce your band, alphabetically if possible.

Alexandra Kleeman, CCO, CKO, utilizes keytars and synths for bass production, likes poetry and brain functions. Benjamin Britton, CFO, CPO, exploits the use of octopad drums, enjoys photographic machinery, whiskey, and pastoral sunshine. Brendan Britton, CEO, CTO, controls plastic guitars, synthesizers, and vocals, likes general relativity and astropornography.

Tell me, what is the coolest thing in the whole world?

Do you mean in the metaphysical sense? Well, in that case, the coolest thing is probably Neptune’s moon Triton, which has an average surface temperature of 38K. But actually, that’s more like the coldest thing: the coolest thing is actually watching an alien gangbang on Triton from the Hubble Space Telescope.

If your band was a flavour, what would it taste like?

Imagine a deranged monster lording over you that places a tiny pill of mescaline on your tongue and waits as your saliva begins to moisten the conductive crystals. He then allows a high-voltage triangle waveform to enter your brain by means of the conductive mescaline. Well, that deranged monster is us and that voltage signal would constitute our music, the mix-down of our collective instruments, and that taste would be the taste of Triangle Forest.

Why did Triangle Forest become a band? Why do you keep making music?

We are a corporation utterly without conscience who will break any international law in order to bring you the most infectious musical diseases. We formed in the summer of 2005 to grow as large and as powerful as possible, to distribute more effective hi-NRG jams to the world, and to reap as much profit as ruthlessly as possible.

Tell me about the instruments Triangle Forest plays.

We are an all digital band that produces consumer-ready, ass-thumpin’ triangle waves using a variety of musical devices. Ben plays a Roland SPD-20 Octopad beat machine. Alex plays an Alesis Micron Synth and a Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar. Brendan plays the Casio DG-20 (a revolutionary plastic guitar) and a Novation Supernova II. Each of these instruments has been fine-tuned to blow an audience member’s brains out through their ass.

Do you think calling your style “80’s music” is fair?

This happens occasionally, and I’m not sure what to say… I’d say we are more like 2000’s music because the music we are making is now and not from any other time. For instance, many bands in the 80’s had homosexual haircuts. You will notice from our glossies that no one in our band makes use of a homosexual haircut… although we reserve the right to in the future, should we get better stylists. Maybe part of the problem is that so far there was only really one decade where bands using synthesizers existed, and that was the 80’s.

Is there any sexual tension in the band? People love to hear about that stuff.

Alex likes to straddle her keytar like a horsey. Ben has ultra sensitive pads and likes to beat off. Brendan enjoys stroking his guitar shaft. Sometimes we take MIDI dumps on each other, and this tends to lubricate the creative process. But mostly we have sex with our secretaries at work, like chief executives in any corporation.

How many times have you seen a normal human brain blown out of someone’s ass?

Usually after one of our sets someone will stumble up to the stage and just repeatedly point to their messy bottom while stammering “d-d-dudes, mindless!” It’s difficult to watch, but hey, that’s the cold-hearted nature of capitalism.

What’s with the evil?

As a corporation, we are inherently evil. That’s the cold-hearted nature of capitalism.

By Tyrone Warner
http://www.wavelengthtoronto.com/category.php?m=200608&cat=4 - Wavelength Magazine


Discography

Hostile Takeover LP 2006

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Bio

Providence, RI Synth rock trio uses synthesizers, keytars, octopads, and digital guitars to blow your mind out of your ass with triangle waves, gritty synth punk chops, and evil drum lines. Influences: Gary Newman, Trans Am, Naked Eyes, Cocteau Twins