Last time we reviewed a Triple Engine live show we said they were, “so hot…that the only way they could be hotter is if they set their instruments on fire and still kept playing.” We’ve also called Perth’s newest and — yes, still — hottest blues rock band, “conceited wankers,” because it pleased us greatly to let them know that we know what they’re up to — showing off. But what show offery! In an age where the main instinct is to keep your head low in case some pack of torch-bearing villagers comes to burn your social media profile to the ground, it’s refreshing to know that there are still musos out there who are willing to risk the wrath of the ghosts of Mary Shelley’s imagination come to life in the digital wilderness of the 21st Century.
‘Step Forward’ is the sound of a band emulating a football crowd winding up the keeper as they run in to take a goal kick…
New single, ‘Step Forward’, due to be released tomorrow is the third from Triple Engine, following on in quick succession from debut, ‘Love Thing’, and sophomore outing, ‘The Little Engine That Couldn’t’.
The media release for ‘Step Forward’ would have us believe that Triple Engine breathe the same air as “blues rock trios such as Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and ZZ Top. The prog-rock spirit of Rush and the pop sensibilities of The Police mesh with the gravitas of Zeppelin and the humour of Van Halen to help shape a formidable musical machine.” Hmmm, well, I guess if you have to be lazily referential, you may as well list off the best and, don’t get me wrong, I’m not disagreeing with any of these nods to greatness, it’s just that they forgot one thing: Triple Engine sound just like themselves. From their media, you could get the impression that they’re doing the same shit, just on a different day. Nope, not the case at all. If there has to be scat involved, it’s all of their own making.
And this third single sees Triple Engine taking a giant leap forward from their slightly tentative debut, ‘Love Thing’ and the beautifully self-referential and self-deprecating, ‘The Little Engine That Couldn’t’. This time, the band, comprising Chris Gibbs on guitar and vocals, Craig Skelton on bass and vocals and Dan Skelton on drums and hair, are literally stepping forward into the limelight, saying, ‘Ignore us at your peril.’
This song’s so good that they start with the chorus, STEP FORWARD! Why worry about all that verse and bridge stuff when you can just launch into it with what sounds like a bomb going off, a bluesy, fuzzed up guitar riff and — boom — chorus time. You just know this is going to be good five seconds in. But what you can’t know that early on is just how good, because this song’s got it all.
Power chords. Riffs. Hooks. A bridge that takes you somewhere else entirely without ever leaving home. A breakdown. Lead breaks. Lots and lots of lead breaks. ‘Step Forward’ is the sound of a band emulating a football crowd winding up the keeper as they run in to take a goal kick; it’s a rising chant of a song with all the drama and fun you could ever handle in 3:39 minutes.
It’s a bit unfair, really, that one band has so much talent to show off. But there you have it, it’s not their fault so just listen in quiet awe and put those torches away.
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‘Step Forward’ is available on all digital platforms from 10 April. Get on it right here.
Triple Engine launch ‘Step Forward’ at The Old York Mill on Saturday 10 April. More event information here.