Instrumental jazzy prog band T.R.A.M originally seemed like they were going to make big waves in the undergound music pool, but now are slowly fading into another forgotten studio project. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this group, the band consists of Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders), Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies)and Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez (The Mars Volta). To date, T.R.A.M have only played one show.
The only show the group ever played, they headlined and it was a free event during SXSW 2011′ that featured The Faceless and Meek Is Murder. I was lucky enough to attend this show and bootlegged 3 out of the four songs they played. Continue after the jump to watch almost the entire set from the progressive super group (it includes some Eric Moore drum cam style footage).
Javier Reyes (Animals as Leaders, T.R.A.M.) has his involvement in a new solo project. Javier has dubbed this project Mestis and will release a five song EP entitled Basal Ganglia under the moniker on November 27th via Sumerian Records. Javier had this to say on the upcoming EP:
Basal Ganglia is an EP that come from several places, and by places, I mean influences. I’ve always wanted to create a style of music that focused on being emotionally exploitive and technically sound, yet simple enough for the average music listener to appreciate. Another influence was using the eight string guitar in a form that is unconventional to the ‘trends’ or independent of characteristics that are found in music styles/genres that have popularized it. Another and important reason was to create a true form of my own independent voice as an artist. To create music that expressed my personality, upbringing, emotions and musical taste.
According to the EP teaser (below), the music on Basal Ganglia will be leaning towards the progressive rock side as expected with lots of jazz influence. I am curious to see what the rest of this will sound like. Check out the teaser.
Oh jesus fuck! Here is a photo worth 76 words! As you can obviously see, guitar god Tosin Abasi (Reflux, Animals As Leaders, T.R.A.M) is collaborating with the infamous Morgan Agren (Mats/morgan, Fredrik Thordendal’s Special Defects, Frank Zappa). This is a match made in prog nerd fucking heaven!
Little is known about this project other than it contains Abasi and Agren so let’s use the comment section to speculate on genre and other possible members…
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It’s time to load the bong up and take a fat rip to the dome because prog supergroup T.R.A.M (Animals As Leaders, The Mars Volta, Suicidal Tendencies) have uploaded a trippy new music video for the song Inverted Ballas. The video is nothing more than celestial images transposed over dye being dripped into water with an added kaleidoscope effect. It’s simple but works really well with the smooth sounds of T.R.A.M.
I had the privilege of seeing these guys only show and it was fucking amazing. They really need to get on their game and do some shit. Anyway, watch the video below -
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By Lane Oliver
What do you get when you combine Animals as Leaders guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes with The Mars Volta saxophonist Adrian Terrazas and Suicidal Tendencies’ drummer Eric Moore? You get the progressive rock/jazz fusion hybrid T.R.A.M. (Terrazas. Reyes. Abasi. Moore). When this project was first announced early last year, naturally as an AAL fan I became excited. But when footage and songs start surfacing on the web I was very surprised at the band’s sound. In February of this year, T.R.A.M. gave us their debut EP Lingua Franca. I suspect hardcore fans of Animals as Leaders and the other bands mentioned would be disappointed in this release. I, however, was not.
T.R.A.M., the side project of Animals as Leaders’ Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes, Mars Volta’s Adrian Terrazas, and Suicidal Tendencies’ Eric Moore will be releasing their debut album on the 28th. Amazon UK has thirty second samples of each of the six tracks from Lingua Franca streaming right now! Go check it out! It sounds like it will be pretty jazztastic!
Regardless of all the shit that has been talked about Sumerian Records and it’s main man Ash Avildsen, there are a few bands on the label that I find quite enjoyable. Periphery is an amazing band that I have come to be fan of, for example. One band that I have been waiting to hear material from for some time is the project which consists of Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders), Adrian Terrazas (ex-The Mars Volta) and Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies) known simply as T.R.A.M. This group creates jazzy, intricate progessive rock that is absolutely to die for. Josh got some nice footage of them at SXSW this year which got me seriously interested. I mean, with that line-up, how can you not be interested? Well, as some of you know, T.R.A.M.’s debut album was delayed due to the band having to go back and re-track songs, but Sumerian has now given us a taste of what is to come. An unmastered version of the song “Endeavor” was uploaded to Sumerian’s YouTube channel and it is amazing. It’s everything I’ve hoped for and I know Josh is probably jizzing himself right about now. After the jump you can check out “Endeavor” and then leave some feedback on what you think.
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Thursday, March 13th, 2011:
After yesterdays mishaps, we decide to wake up earlier to grab lunch before the Full Metal Texas showcase. It’s spring break during SXSW on St. Paddies day and by 12:30 pm downtown Austin is packed with about a hundred thousand people. I wade through a sea of people to get to Emos to meet up with the drummer of Melora. [Continue Reading]
Prog fans everywhere were creaming their pants when they found out that members of Animals As Leaders and The Mars Volta are collaborating on a project together. The all-star group features Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes of Animals As Leaders on guitars, Adrian Terrazas of The Mars Volta on saxophone, flute, and bass clarinet, and Suicidal Tendencies Eric Moore on drums. They were recently picked up by Sumerian Records and will release their first album in may.
Below is an Interview and multi-cam footage of their first show at SXSW brought to you by Metal Injection. As well as the rest of their set and a drum cam of Eric Moore. Watch these! I was there. It was amazing! [Continue Reading]
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