Did you catch one of last year’s most overlooked records, Route One or Die, the debut album from London’s Three Trapped Tigers? If not: why not? It was a sprawling, vast electro-noise world full to the brim with dodgy-sounding synths, extremely reverberated guitar and an insanely challenging sense of melody. They’re probably most comparable to LA’s noise rock heroes HEALTH, but where those boys are concerned with making people dance to their distortions, Three Trapped Tigers are often doing the complete opposite. Instead, creating spazzy, indulgent soundscapes albeit to a Sega MegaDrive video game crashing during a boss fight. The record is great, and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

But TTT have been around longer than you might think, as they also have 3 EPs under their belt. Comprising of a total of 13 tracks, the EPs have now been brought together in a collection aptly titled 1 – 13. Right from the get-go it’s clear to see where the band intended the project to go, as ‘1’ – taken from their debut release EP back in 2008 - is as noisy and spaced-out as anything on Route One or Die. Yet it is distinctly rawer, and the same goes with the other 4 tracks from that first release. They are much rougher around the edges, and at times can become muddled and ill-composed.

The first signs of progression definitely come with EP2, which is where tracks ‘6’ – ‘9’ first debuted. These tracks scream with the distinct computerized bells and whistles of whirring and clanging that we’ve come to known the band for. One of my favourite TTT tracks – ‘8’ – is a great example of this. Tight drumming, furious breakdowns, sludgy, mindboggling synths all unite in a galaxy of experimentation. I’m fairly certain lasers must’ve been fired during the recording process of that particular track if that says anything about what to expect.

The end of the record, made up of release EP3 (tracks 10 - 13) is much more relaxed than its intense counterparts. ‘11’ is a cool, almost Tall Ships-esque pool of vibrance, and is one of the few occasions when Tom Rogerson pulls out the ‘whoa vocals’ card and this vibe continues right through to the end. If you enjoyed Route One or Die, then 1- 13 is worth checking out, if only for a couple of spins. There are times when a band’s early work contrasts with their latest in interesting ways, but for TTT their latest work actually turns out to be their best. Hardcore fans need only apply.