Sounds Like: Adrenalized math rock sped up and given pop's candy coating
For Fans of: Shiina Ringo; Drive Like Jehu, Deerhoof
Why You Should Pay Attention: Guitarist/vocalist Ikkyu Nakajima, guitarist Motoko "Motifour" Kida and bassist Hiromi "Hirohiro" Sagane released A N D in March, and taut tracks like "E" and "Pieeen" have attracted the ears of both J-Pop fans and shredding aficionados alike. The trio, which formed in Kyoto, Japan, in 2010, claim influences ranging from Fall Out Boy to American Football to the Eagles — "I was influenced by them in terms of backing chorus work," says Motifour. But the nonstop time-signature shifts and torrid playing that animate their tricky pop is the work of a band in its own lane.
They Say: "We tend to be easily influenced from many things," the band writes in an email. "For our new album, we got together and recorded guitars, bass, drums and vocals on a PC with café latte and tea sweets. The triggers of our songs are from guitar phrases, which Motifour plays; then we make a cool track before Ikkyu puts vocals on it. We all like and are influenced by Red Hot Chili Peppers. We wanna play with them."
Hear for Yourself: "E," the first single off A N D, is a whirlwind tour through Tricot's hyperactive, virtuosic appeal. Maura Johnston