Grand Trine are a difficult band to describe. Looking at the videos below you would think they were an Iggy Pop loving scuzzy rock band. That and the fact that they have a sense of humour. Delve deeper though and other elements start to creep in, especially on the fuzzy bass driven 'Monochromatic Youth'. I think what the 'Mange ta Ville' video showcases though is their ability to cause utter mayhem, whether it's through the eyes of Iggy or the eyes of deep Himalayan fog. We caught up with Tobias Rochman to find out more about this intriguing Canadian band. Where are you guys from? Montreal, Canada. The greatest city in the world. How long have you been making music together? I think we started recording together in the Summer of 2008. We used to all live above a bakery in a jamspace and do the band 24/7. It had a terrible hot-dog bun smell and very high ceilings. How would you describe your music? Iggy Pop worship. '60s proto-punk meets '80s Rough Trade/Messasthetics post-punk. Nouveux-Lifesytle/brand identity statements-chic. Where did the name come from? It all came from a very greasy dream we had in a time when development on the astral plane was in it's infancy. We had a bizarre love triangle vision of the beta-version of the Witchhouse/Chillwave name generator (http://chillwitchnamemagic.com).
What would you consider your main musical influences? The Gories, The Fall, Swell Maps, The Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith. In terms of your roots, do feel any musical connection to it or indeed to any scene surrounding it? I feel like we are very much a Montreal group. We could have only come from this time & this place. What element of your music most sets you apart from other bands around? We offer a lot more for a lot less. We ooze personality and/or sometime blood as a substitute. What are your plans for 2011 We have a gig booked at Musee de art Contemporain for June where we will collaborate with visual artists we like. After that we will hit the road. We have are just recording constantly so we have some masterpieces in the tickle-trunk. Another EP pre-tour. And then the first (real) album post-tour followed by another tour. After that we will set new goals. We'd like to get to the UK asap.