Trappist System Trio

Saint Petersburg, Russia’s progressive rock power trio Trappist System Trio is a new kid on the prog-block, having just put out two singles: “Zombie Thrush,” which was featured on our recent Progotronics compilation, and “Lust and Found” which has been out for a few days. Drummer Evgeny Trefilov spoke for Prog Sphere, and he shares what it took to come up with “Zombie Thrush,” its message, and more.

Define the mission of Trappist System Trio.

Obviously, our secret brotherhood hopes to restore the humanity’s faith in live sounding music! Throw away any triggers, samples, reamp processing and we’re here!

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut single “Zombie Thrush” and the themes it captures.

This is the song we have started our band with, after some talks and beers bass player Dmitriy came up with opening riff, then Vladimir quickly came up with verses and choruses, and song began to take shape. Later we have added a bridge based on simple polyrhythm in 6/4, and that was it!

Lyrical theme is similar to “One Brown Mouse”, I believe. It’s a real story about brainless bird that worked her way right into window of Vladimir and now shares his apartments!

What is the message you are trying to give with “Zombie Thrush”?

Does humor still belong to prog, maybe…

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

We are constantly recording. At first it was 2-channel portastudio, then we have switched to multitrack. It allows to capture all ideas, listen next day and play with this – mute some parts and improvise to come up with new ideas. It helps tremendously and speeds things a lot, no more desperate trying to remember what we came up with the last week in the end of that day.

Is the dynamic flow of the piece carefully architected?

Yes or no, there was a lot of spontaneity and it evolved for some months. Both as result of common efforts in the studio and homework. It’s quite simple song really with a couple of twists, but it is really dynamic, it builds from the start to the final chord, one can even see it in visual wave representation.

Zombie Thrush

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the song?

I wouldn’t say there were direct influences, there are some certainly, but too much to pinpoint and at the same time influence is quite ethereal, there’s definitely no things like ‘let’s play in the style of this or in the style of this’. We have gathered some feedbacks since the song was released, and everybody hear different things to our amusement – King Crimson, Rush, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix to name a few!

What is your view on technology in music?

We love to make things in very traditional and oldschool way – play together, discuss, try this and that on instruments. We avoid programming and using backing tracks. On the other hand, nowadays recording gear is very affordable and we are able to record at our rehearsal space, then mix at home – all thanks to advances in digital technology.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Not really, it’s pure art for the sake of art. We are not doing it for some reward, it’s just something one cannot live without – pardon for being that pompous in a way.

Trappist System Trio

What are your plans for the future?

Keep exploring and improvising, recording and releasing music, playing it live, hopefully in a lot of places for a lot of people!

Keep track of future Trappist System Trio’s releases on Bandcamp, and follow them on Facebook.

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