There’s some talk about how Three Trapped Tigers are the future of electronica. With reverberant, dull snare slaps, acid bass lines and sequenced music concrete hovering between bombastic drums and bass, these claims aren’t entirely unfounded. But in fact, Route One or Die presents the future of punk. 

Don't let the word ‘punk’ undermine their talent, but a lot of their work points to a background in post-hardcore. It is as if they grew up on a diet of 2000s web culture, decorating their alt-rock music collection with forum recommendations that would never appear in traditional peer groups, and went on to produce music together that presented these ideas, and fortunately with coherence. Lots of bands try to be different. Three Trapped Tigers just are.

Opening track ‘Cramm,’ sounds a lot like Battles would if they grew a pair of balls weighing a full tonne. ‘Noise Trade,’ in isolation, represents everything great about this album; sincere and affectionate melodies, aggressive synth bass and a structure which eschews repetition. The fittingly titled ‘Creepies’ is based around the most terrifying guitar hook in memory, and demonstrates their penchant for riff-heavy hard rock. For a few tracks there is a lull, where their disorganised punk roots are a too bare and their laptop indulgences lack gravitas. But ‘Magne’ is another showcase of their excellence, with a patient and soaring finale. It is magnificent.

While electronic influences from the likes of Aphex Twin (or more accurately, his analog side-project AFX) are apparent in the introspective melodic passages, Three Trapped Tigers are simply a rock band with the bravery to try anything. Some of this album feels like genuinely new ground, and it is a joy to comprehend.

Sometimes punk needs a new flag bearer - a saviour, even - to carry a genre into a new era. Britain has missed several opportunities in the past decade - for example, the implosion of Murder of Rosa Luxemburg who were taken before their time, or Rolo Tomassi, a band desperately close to being the future of punk with their debut but distracted themselves with delusions of prog grandeur. 

Three Trapped Tigers are the next opportunity for punk to find a modern definition. And while Route One Or Die might fall short of perfection, it will remain a masterpiece.

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