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TrinityRoots debut album True is out today!

TrinityRoots debut album True is out today!
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TrinityRoots present their debut album in stores TODAY! TRUE

After nine months in the making, TrinityRoots have found the voice and vibe of their debut album True. From the Newtown basement studio, the boys Ricky Gooch, Warryn Maxwell and Rio Hemopo let me join them for a sneak preview of some of the tracks from the forthcoming “True” album. The band makes special mention of former drummer Darren Mathiassen who after two years drumming with Trinity Roots, left late last year to pursue his own musical direction Darren’s solo track “D by D” appears on the album - True. Their Newtown studio is the final part in a recording journey that has taken over nine months. What started as an optimistic three-week session in Central Hawkes Bay ended as an education in trying to embody the live nature and spirit of TrinityRoots as a recorded sound.

The studio itself is a symbol of the collaborative nature of TrinityRoots and the associated musicians within the Wellington scene, made up of a pro-tools set up flanked with gear borrowed from other Wellington bands such as The Black Seeds and Ebb. All the band members play in other bands in and around Wellington, including Jonathan Crayford’s band, Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Bad Apple Orchestra. This collaborative spirit comes through in the album, which features newcomer vocalists Stefanie Hearfield and Natalie McCormack, plus a range of scene stalwarts including Jonathan Crayford, Nils Olsen (CL Bob), Tim Jarrey (Optimus Prime/CL Bob), Steve Gallagher (Breathe), Toby Laing (Black Seeds/Fat Freddy’s Drop/CL Bob), David Long (Muttonbirds), Dan Yeabsley (Twinset) and in the choir ­ Lisa Preston and Lisa Tomlins (Ebb).

The location where TrinityRoots started recording their album represents the vibe of True - A new project steeped in history. Oruawharu is a colonial house in Southern Hawkes Bay’s Takapau. Oruawharu personifies the history that TrinityRoots embody in their sound: from the acoustic flavours of Maori party songs sung around a fire to the roots of black music’s soul jazz and blues. Oruawharu also represents the content of True and the feelings it conjures in listeners, the new musical forms explored are merely a hybrid of old ones; like walking around an old and empty house, you can feel the history, the ghosts in it’s bones.

"We use roots as a vehicle or medium to convey emotion. We combine lyrical message with primal rhythms, often Afro/Cuban or dancehall. We are organic in our music and spiritual in the way we play it." Warren Maxwell.

>From new tracks like “Egos” - a soulful yet sardonic dig at the music industry which manifests itself as a minimalist black soul cut with vocal harmonies which warm you like sunshine on a cloudy day to the debut single and video “Little Things” - reworked for the album into an epic acoustic journey. The organic, live, soul, roots flavour of “Just Like You”, recorded around the fire at Oruawharu- a perfect example of that organic flavour that permeates the TrinityRoots sound. These are some examples of the breadth and depth of the album and the TrinityRoots sound.

True takes TrinityRoots back to their roots. The jazz, blues and soul are more evident than the live rocking reggae skank they are known for. This album is more evolved and just like them, more than words can aptly describe. It is because of their musical diversity that TrinityRoots can not be pinned down to one genre. Warren is a graduate of the Wellington Conservatorium of Music where he currently teaches. This is where the three met as students in 1998. True manifests their love for people like Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder mixed with Jazz education and years of jamming and touring the country with various bands. True is the product of the heart and soul of TrinityRoots and the Wellington scene, which has supported them and nurtured them all the way. True is TrinityRoots way of saying thanks.

True ­ TrinityRoots Available NOW in all good record stores.

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