Trio in Stereo
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Trio in Stereo

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Trio in Stereo @ Ribfest Chicago

Chicago, Indiana, USA

Chicago, Indiana, USA

Trio in Stereo @ Uncle Festers

Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Trio in Stereo @ Ugly Monkey

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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The best kept secret in music


In a sea of local bands, the name of the game is getting noticed. Bloomington-based Trio in Stereo knows how to play the game.

In their second year of playing together, Trio in Stereo has accomplished quite a bit as an independent band. Their self-funded first album, Everyone Here Looks Familiar, will see release on April 15. The title can be interpreted as an homage to the beginnings of most local bands, as the guys admit that their first shows were mostly attended by friends of the band. However, as they play more shows and write more music, attendance has steadily increased since their beginnings and the guys say a typical show will include up to 70 audience members. The six-track release was recorded at Russian recording in Nashville, Ind. The band is in the process of organizing a release party for that night at Second Story. They are currently booking other local musicians to play at the show, which they hope will be a celebration not just for their first album, but also for local music.

Trio in Stereo, which consists of P.J. McMahon on vocals, Michael Nelson on guitar, Ryan Knapick on keyboards, Marc King on bass and Chris Kolodziej on drums, have a decidedly Modest Mouse vibe. The band works together to compose the music, but lyrics are credited to McMahon.

The next opportunity for people to experience the music for themselves will be Friday at Rhino's All Ages Music Club at 9 p.m. for $5. Since most of their shows are at Second Story, which is a 21 and over club, this is a rare opportunity for younger audiences to check out the band.

They will also be playing at the Culture Shock Festival April 23 with a myriad of local musicians. - Karen Green, Indiana Daily Student


2005, "Everyone Here Looks Familiar"
-Self Released 5-song EP
-Recorded by Mike at Russian Recording Nashville, IN.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Trio in stereo blossomed out of the Bloomington, IN basement scene where five college friends began blending post-rock, indie pop, jazz and electronic elements creating their individualized sound. In 2004 a friend of the band recorded a low-fi three-song demo in an Indiana University studio that the band used to gain local radio play and burst onto the vibrant Bloomington music scene, where 40,000 IU students actively seek intoxication and entertainment. The band quickly became known for their ability to write distinctly different catchy songs and sequence them together on stage.

After a year of performing live together, Trio in Stereo recorded a six song EP with former apprentice to Steve Albini, Misha Bridavsky. The six tracks exemplify the Trio's "analog garage jazz sound"?: crunching electric organ layered with whirling keyboards and sweeping guitar lines held down by driving bass lines and big drum beats that lay the foundation for vocal imagery/storyboard lyrics. Tracks from the EP have appeared on the Rhino’s benefit compellation, Live From Bloomington 2006,, and the Musical Family Tree.

Honing a new line up, trio in stereo has become a local favorite and have had recent success playing out across the Midwest with bands from Lookout, Sub Pop, Southern, Secretly Canadian, Polyvinyl, Cult Hero, etc. With the plans of recording a full-length album this spring trio in stereo is set to make presence on the regional independent music scene.