Not even lunchtime and we’re feeding you a nice big meal of Band of the Day melodic hard rock…
All three of us are from a small town on the Northwest coast of sunny Portugal – Póvoa de Varzim. Now, we’re London based.
How did you meet?
Not 100% sure to be honest, as this seems to have happened ages ago. Seriously… we’ve known each other for way over a decade now. Possibly through mutual friends who knew we were into music, and since there were very few kids in our town who were interested in the same music we listened to, it was easy for us to gravitate towards one another.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Not long after we met actually but with some on and off periods. Looking back, it seems like we pretty much grew up together inside a rehearsal room.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
TrYangle comes from a simple discussion that most nameless bands will have at some point. We were just tossing some ideas around and TrYangle was the one we thought had a ring to it, so it stuck. We like that it’s a very neutral name as well and that people can find their own meaning in it.
What are your influences?
People seem to be very keen on knowing our musical influences, so we decided to do something a bit different. We’ve created a playlist on Spotify with the artists who directly influenced our latest album, Wolf. This was an exercise in which we looked back at Wolf and thought about why we played or sang certain parts the way we did, thus finding these gems that, in one way or another, had an impact on our music.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We hope people understand that this is a tricky question to get to in the sense that we, as artists, don’t really think about describing our music in any specific way but rather experience it. We hear it as melodic and very rhythmical, but when we write, it’s always an experimental and very cathartic experience. In that sense our music becomes unique because it comes from within, in our way of perceiving sound and rhythm. We just want to share that experience and hopefully connect with as many of you as we can.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
The mind has a couple of ways and I usually write about, from, with, for, and aiming either complete control or complete freedom. And I oscillate in between those extremes. It’s the graciousness of a verbal-wrist improv or usually the constant attempt for narrowing paths. Wolf is in and on control a bit more though. Such as this controlled answer.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We’ve lost count by now, but not long ago we played twenty gigs in London alone, in little over six months. People keep inviting us to play, which is great. The crowd’s reactions are the best too, and they’re always pretty intense, loud and sweaty.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
There was this time, at an outdoor festival, where we had the front of house sound-guy come up on stage whilst we were playing and just randomly checking monitors. Needless to say, we were all very confused with the whole thing.
Oh, and every once in a while you might see an instrument or two flying around on stage too. It happens.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
On the low-end Nuno uses a Luis Farinha Custom bass, Gallien Krueger 1001rb head + custom bass cab and several custom made pedals. Gonçalo, mostly plays strats and a fuzz pedal which is always on throughout this second album, with a lot of echo in every track too. And Ricardo hits on Sonor drums and Paiste Cymbals.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are promoting our new album, Wolf, which came out in January.
What are your plans for 2019?
We believe Wolf needs to reach as many people as possible so we plan on getting on stage as much as we can.