Tronald is more than the sum of its parts – but oh what parts they are. Their self-titled debut, released on APF Records last September, featured members of Under, Thing, Boss Keloid, Riggots, Mower and The Hyena Kill. It was mastered by Jack Townley of Elephant Tree. Artwork was supplied by Sam Yates of Ingested. The EP / mini-album contained perhaps the dirtiest riff of 2017 in “Obelisk Ov Hash”, and by far the best vocal of the year in Matt Franklin’s wail at the start of “Vegan Gains”.
The APF Records Showcase at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February sees the collective perform live for the first time. The EP is being played start to finish, with all five vocalists present and correct: Hurst, Franklin, Battle, Tuck and Dobb.
Tronald’s Rian Gamble spoke to us in advance of the Showcase, which will be his first ever gig.
APF: What was your highlight of 2017?
Rian: Personally, 2017 was a really big year. I finished university, had some short but eventful trips into Europe, became self-employed and joined two bands. One, obviously, is Tronald, which has surpassed where I thought that project would go already, with more plans in the future. The absolute highlight has to be releasing our debut EP. I had so much fun recording and working on that record, and it got real weird at certain points but that’s kind of what it’s all about.
I also got to see some of my favourite bands live including Sunn O))), Big Business and The Melvins. These guys have influenced me a lot and it was incredible to see such hardworking bands still playing.
APF: As a member of Tronald what’s your proudest moment so far?
Rian: For a band with such a brief existence we have some interesting history. I think for us it has to be the EP (sorry to repeat myself). Creating something that was meant to just be a little fun for an assignment and watching it snowball into something much bigger was great, so having members of great bands feature on it (Under, Boss Keloid, Riggots, The Hyena Kill, Mower), getting label interest and eventual release was an additional bonus. It kind of solidified my faith in the scene and in people’s friendliness and willingness to just be a part in something for the fun of it. Its also sick being a part of APF and such a diverse roster.
APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?
Rian: Obviously Under and The Hyena Kill! I’m also looking forward to BongCauldron, Nomad, Mastiff, Ba’al and The Wizards of Delight especially, but all the bands are great, I’m just going to bathe in the riffage.
APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played? What made it special?
Rian: Well seeing as I personally haven’t played a gig as of yet, it’d have to be the prospect of this showcase. I’m giddy. Expect high decibel levels, high blood alcohol levels and pure riffs throughout.
APF: What was your favourite release of 2017? What are you looking forward to hearing in 2018?
Rian: My favourite has to be “Dear” By Boris, such an incredible sonic range with power throughout. Telekinetic Yeti’s debut was pretty awesome, as was Monolord’s “Rust” and the new Melvins release “A Walk With Love and Death”. I’ve not listened to a lot of brand new music but a lot of music I’m listening to now is new to me: like finding Earth, METZ, Mums and Part Chimp among others. It’s been a noisy year.
For new releases I’ve seen Conan have been at it again. I can’t wait for new stuff from them and only magic comes out of Skyhammer Studio; Chris Fielding is a wizard. Ingested are also due to release their 4th album soon and the tracks are slam-tastic so look forward to hearing the finished work. I’m also working with Under for their new album which I must say has some incredible writing and as always they’re smashing it out of the park in the studio. Bands like these remind me why I got into studio work.
APF: What are your plans for 2018 personally and professionally?
Rian: 2018 has some big things to come from Tronald, I wont say too much but we have plenty going on behind the scenes. As for personal who knows, I’ll probably buy too much gear again and hate myself for being a relentless hoarder of loud things.
APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?
Rian: Tronald was supposed to be a vibe-tastic psych-rock project… yeah.
APF: Anything to declare?
Rian: All hail Satan (a.k.a Andrew Field). No but seriously, all the guys from Tronald would like to thank him for everything he has done for us.
“Tronald” is out now on APF Records and can be bought from:
The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from: wegottickets.com/event/418903
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