‘THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULDN’T‘
Released just today, Perth band Triple Engine’s second single, ‘The Little Engine That Couldn’t’, is already sitting at number 3 on the iTunes Rock Chart, headed only by AC/DC and Fleetwood Mac. That’s no mean feat for a brand-new band, especially coming out of Perth.
Triple Engine is just what Perth and the world needs right now.
Formed during the lockdown, sometime around March this year, Triple Engine features Chris Gibbs on guitar and vocals and Craig Skelton on Bass and vocals, two of the most talented musicians you’d find anywhere and stalwarts of the Perth music scene for more years than they’d each care to remember. The band also introduces, on drums, Dan Skelton. Yes, there’s a father son connection (we’ll leave it to you to guess), but Skelton junior is in this band on talent alone. He monsters and caresses his kit like a cross between John Bonham and Ginger Baker and has the hair, sunglasses and attitude on stage that make him an instant star.
As for Gibbs and Skelton senior, they’re both virtuosos on their chosen instruments and formed Triple Engine as a means of breaking out of the ennui of lockdown, but also to give themselves a vehicle in which to cut loose musically. As Gibbs said, “We both play in a lot of bands and we have to have the discipline of sticking to what we’re there to play. Sometimes that can make you feel constrained. Triple Engine is all about giving us the space to show our wares.”
Based on the current evidence of their first two singles and having seen them on stage at the recent Guitar Gods event at Perth’s premier live music venue, the Rosemount Hotel, Triple Engine don’t fail to deliver. This band cooks on stage! They push the rev counter into the red and hold it there while they shift through their gears, leaving their audience with mouths agape, wondering what it is they’ve just seen.
When Skelton senior suggested from the Rosemount stage that they were attempting to be something of a meld of Cream and ZZ Top, he wasn’t joking. This band can play! I wanted more. I wanted full on improvised wig outs. I wanted them to take it to the edge and then jump off. This band is good enough to hold it together under any conditions. I want to see what happens when they cut loose entirely. There won’t be a stage big enough or a night long enough to hold them.
As for the new single, I don’t know what this little engine that couldn’t bullshit is all about. This is not time to be hiding lights under bushels. The song burns with energy and musical virtuosity. So much so that I was moved to call Gibbs and Skelton a pair of conceited wankers when I spoke to them recently, a compliment they were willing to shoulder with the good grace and smugness of two musicians who know they’ve done something good, maybe even great.
Dan Skelton was nowhere to be seen during this conversation; he must already know that distance and mystery are essential in the music biz. Either that or he was hanging out with his Mum. It would be interesting to know what he thinks of all this. He’s probably too young to have heard of the likes of ELP, but he’s going to have to brush up on his music history while ever he’s a member of Triple Engine, because those sorts of comparisons are going to keep coming their way.
Triple Engine is just what Perth and the world needs right now. A bunch of musos who can stick it with the best of them putting together a band designed specifically to allow them to show off. What’s not to like about that?
Buy ‘The Little Engine That Couldn’t’ right now, set it atop the charts where it belongs and keep it there. Aaaaaaand, go!
‘The Little Engine That Couldn’t’ is available on iTunes.