“The most different thing is the response of the audience” explains Ikumi ‘Ikkyu’ Nakajima, Tricot’s guitarist and vocalist on the audiences they’ve found outside of their home country. “There are various different reactions in Japan, but overseas it is more than that. I think that it is interesting that each one is enjoying personaly and freely and it is good. I love it.”
The trio have found a home within the math-rock circles, and on bleeding-edge indie labels Top Shelf and Big Scary Monsters – but at home they run their own label, started for the release of their first album. “At first we started it not having a strong passion or commitment to independent label but just to put a label name by ourselves to release a CD” Ikkyu explains. “Since then, we can do liberated activities as for creating new songs and planning show and tour. I think that making our own label brought us a sense of tricot.”
But the math rock scene that has welcomed them with open arms – especially with a performance at the UK’s home-from-home for the genre, ArcTanGent, scheduled for this weekend – is not necessarily one they recognise. Ikkyu is pragmatic about it. “We don’t consider ourself a ‘math-rock’ band. But we don’t have definite idea what we want to be seen, we don’t feel particularly frustrated – however something just isn’t right.”
Their third record, simply titled 3 is finally out in the world, break the top twenty album chart in their home country and hitting number 5 on the Billboard World Albums chart. “I’m glad that I realize how much people love our new album” enthuses bass player Hiromi ‘Hirohiro’ Sagane. “They sing new songs together in our show in Japan. So I can feel it directly.”
This success at home is clearly playing out globally with their new-found ability to tour the world. I ask how the success in these two worlds – at home and abroad – compares from their perspective. “I have never thought of comparing too much and I still do not know if I succeed or not” says Hiromi, “however, I think that it would be nice to be able to do something interesting in Japan and abroad as a Japanese band. I think I am very happy because it is not possible for just anyone to do the European tour and to have the festival experience like this.”
So what next for the trio? Are there plans after the coming European tour? “I am still seeking after this tour, but I think that I can share an interesting surprise I found in making new songs again.” says Motoko ‘Motifour’ Kida “I would like to be recognized more widely in the UK and European countries.”
Tricot play Firebug in Leicester on Tuesday 22nd August. Tickets are available from SeeTickets.