TROJAN HORSE SURF TOWARDS THE FUTURE
Salford four-piece team up with Kavus Torabi and Pete Trewavas on third album.
Trojan Horse are moving in a new musical direction with Fukushima Surfer Boys. The 16-track – out on Bad Elephant on October 13 – has an eclectic range of influences, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Flying Lotus and The Wicker Man soundtrack. The band even swap instruments on it.
“We had another change of drummer, so we decided to take things in a different direction,” explains singer and multiinstrumentalist Nick Duke. “We looked at what we were doing previously and a lot of this album was saying, ‘We could become more technical, but what do we get out of it?’ It’s about being progressive without ourselves.”
Teaming up with long-term collaborator Danny The Red, they’ve also buried samples from the mysterious Russian shortwave station UVB-76 in the track of the same name.“It’s fascinated me for absolutely years,” says Duke. “It’s a signal broadcast that churns out this repetitive pattern, but nobody knows why they’re doing it or who is doing it. It’s very weird and out-of-time so it sounds like we’re playing in some weird time signature.”
The album features guest appearances from Marillion’s Pete Trewavas, Knifeworld’s Kavus Torabi and Jimi Goodwin from alt-rockers Doves. A cassette edition will also be available through This City Is Ours on International Cassette Store Day.
Trojan Horse will head out on tour next year, but in the meantime they’ve contributed a previously unreleased track to The Bees Knees. It’s a new compilation to raise money for Cleft’s Dan Wild-Beesley, who was diagnosed with brain tumours.
For more, visit www.thisisthebeesknees.bandcamp.com. NRS