TRIGUNA: Music with Substance


Metal band from Chicago, Triguna, released a new EP “Maladaptive” earlier this year. Singer Claude Bird reflects on the band’s mission, the creative process, technology and more.

Define the mission of Triguna.

The mission of Triguna right now is to crank out three more albums in the next three years then start touring like there’s no tomorrow. We want to produce music with a lot of substance that creates a create mix of jazz and death metal.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your EP “Maladaptive” and the themes it captures.

The creative process behind Maladaptive was quite the long one. While we were writing our first album Embryonic Forms, we had a lot of ideas that didn’t really fit together so we tossed them aside. A little bit later down the road some of those ideas started to sound pretty good together and we compiled them into two songs that provided a base for how we wanted the EP to sound. Over the later part of 2015 we worked on finishing it off and nailing the recording process. The theme is mostly in the title itself. It was an inability for us to adapt to the rapid changes going around in our lives. We didn’t know the direction we were going and still don’t in a sense.

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

We put everything we write in a program call Tux Guitar. Everything is then digital so any one of use can grab it at any time of the day and play with it, tweak it, and add on. It has been the backbone to the writing in this band.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Our guitarist Jeremy is quite the stickler about the ordering of our pieces. He really put a lot of effort into making sure everything’s flow was very consistent and pleasant to the ear. Everything is in its spot for a reason and Jeremy made sure of that

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

When we had all the music written we each started recording the pieces we were assigned. Jeremy and my own recordings were done in a makeshift studio in the back of a machine shop. The rhythms and bass were supposed to be taken care of by one of our ex members Justin in his little studio setup, but a 2 weeks before the planned release we had found that he had done nothing and quit then and there. Jeremy and I were locked up in his studio most of the next two weeks to try and finish it off.

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How long “Maladaptive” was in the making?

If we count all the saved writings, it took about two years, if not then about six months with the writings and recordings.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

From my aspect of vocals, I was heavily influenced by Lamb of God and Fit For An Autopsy. I liked the aggressive lows that they both encompassed and really tried to emulate them.

What is your view on technology in music?

Technology in music has its place and I think whatever way it is incorporated into is up to whoever is making it. I’m not opposed to having it heavily influence the music to create something that sounds pleasant to the ear.

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

As of right now, I don’t see anything too big. If it’s something that a person wants to hear and jam out to that’s good, if they want to pull a deeper meaning and have it influence them, I’m not opposed to that. I’ll support their right to receive it however they want to receive it.

What are your plans for the future?

We are locking ourselves in a studio for the next three years and hammering out three more albums before we try a breakout tour in the prime of our youths.

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