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Triple Negative – 6.1.18

A sweaty palmed recollection of the night we first saw Triple Negative - three defiantly generous and original beings who shook us warmly out of a stupor with this show. Split between the baffling overlay of audio and their completely compelling presences onstage it was hard to know how to process what was happening, at once riveted to the spot and then overwhelmed with the fierce urge to leave the room until we could come back with something better to say for ourselves. Will leave an indelible mark on your brain.  


1st ever TN live show, Cafe OTO, Jan 6 2018 

Putative track sublisting: Go Decay!; Mercurial Seal; The Fire of Hate; Towers, Open, Fire; Fresh Borg Shining Fight/Agitator; Born in the Wrong Time/Destroyer/Buddy/Under the Void

(ft. Brigitte Fontaine, Babyfather, Areski, David d'Ath, Peter Gutteridge, Cameron Bain, Herman Meville, Peter Perrett and Celia Mancini)


Madame Tlank / voice, violin, glockenspiel, grand piano

D.Velimirovich / soprano saxophone voice

clinical wasteman / backing tape, voice, Yamaha SU-10, gtr


Mixed live & recorded by James Dunn; post-mixed/"mastered" by clinical wasteman (i.e. James is not to blame for anything)

Available as 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC  


1. Dio Boia - 28:31


"Who the fuck are these people?!" - Bloodclaat Orange

"Bristol people are kind of relaxed. M*****w, you are not Bristol people, you are M*****w" - Dali de Saint-Paul

"No, I said breathe in & out, slowly!" - Travis ONO

"Seasick soul" - Penultimate Press

"Death-affirming" - Dean Sunny Blount, David Mitchell, Bad Al Costello, Celia Mancini, Aby Ngana Diop, Alan Rankine, Rita Abadzi 

Triple Negative

Madame Tlank & Clinical Wasteman & others. Bayern Tāmaki Makaurau/northsouth London, since 1989/2003/2016.

Vulnerable adults born in the wrong place, put out too tender & possessed by spite. There’s nothing not superficial about it: an animus nursed with bad bad grace. Absentee panelbeating (Tascam stand-ins), raised voices, knock-off Glock & cheap Vamvakaristic Spiel.

Incorporates Philosophie Queen (+microcosmically: THE MEAN STREAKS). May contain traces of Heliogabalus, $urp!u$, Aufgehoben & S.P.U.D.

“Death-affirming!” - Dean ‘Sonny’ Blount

“Just stop feeding them” - Dean Swift

"it is almost impossible to believe that there is anything formulaic about Triple Negative’s music. It’s frighteningly complex, BUT there’s a radiance around their output that feels more akin to magic than science - having been playing together for near 20 years, it is in those untold hours of writing that they have developed their own dialect, one that we are only now hearing to be spoken so effortlessly. Eloquently unstructured piano and violin interplay duck and dive around No Neck Blues Band-style explosions of acoustic and electric guitar, every component regularly being thrown into a cramped East London rehearsal space with flurries of frenzied drum machines and percussive invocations. Anyway - ENOUGH ALREADY! There’s so much going on - with each listen yer mind will bear witness to the multidimensional, unfathomably ONIONATED layers of intricacy and destruction at play." - Low Company

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