Japanese math-rock sensation Tricot made their first trip to Chicago this past Tuesday. The band just released their second full-length, “A N D,” in March of this year and has been grabbing everyone’s attention across the globe. The band was formed in 2010 by core members Ikumi “Ikkyu” Nakajima (vocals, guitar), Motoko “Motifour” Kida (guitar, backing vocals), and Hiromi “Hirohiro” Sagane (bass, backing vocals). The all-female act blend rhythmic guitar riffs with poppy vocals to form a unique math-pop hybrid. Tricot is as energetic as they are catchy. They had everyone at the Empty Bottle Tuesday night dancing, moshing, crowd surfing, and even singing, despite the majority of the crowd being oblivious to the words. Tricot’s performance remained mesmeric from the heartfelt singing and instrumentals, through the “Cheezborger, Cheezborger, Cheezborger” chants that they mimicked from Chicago’s famous Billy Goat Tavern.
The show opened with a hypnotic performance by New Color. The Chicago band was the perfect complimentary band to Tricot, as they too blend elements of jazz, punk, and pop. Bridging the gap between the two energetic acts was Maurice. Being the change of tempo act, the seven-piece post-rock band fully layered horn instrumentals over quick and steady guitar and drums.
Check out photos from the show below:
All photos by Jake Karlson