Featuring the singles :
Bend or Break
Undress to Kill
In Troubled Times
In Troubled Times
(12 inches of Trouble Mix)
«If we’d started in the XXIst Century, we’d probably sound very much like TRANK.»
(Deep Purple, 2018 – after choosing TRANK as their opening act)
«Watch out, huge sound and big emotions galore on this first album ! An excellent record on the edge of heavy metal,
with perfect vocals and a groove to die for…» (Rock Hard - ALBUM OF THE MONTH DEC 2021)
«An unbelievably strong release... A truly cross-genre album» (PowerPlay UK, 8/10 FEB 2022)
«An album of extremely high standards throughout, which dispenses emotions of indisputable depth with a rare, measured elegance. A real concentrate of intensity and inspiration.» (Rock Hard Italy - INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE MONTH FEB 2022)
«Devastating, raging, post-punk-flavored alternative rock, that sounds both authentic and ambitious…» (Metal Obs)
«Their unique blend of pop / rock / metal / electronica has that rare ability to transport the listener to rare & fascinating territories… A genuine identity, a great sense of songwriting, of killing riffs and obsessive grooves.» (Batteur Magazine)
«Impressive firepower… Enough to bring stadium audiences to their feet.» (L’Alsace)
WELCOME TO THE HOME OF TRANK
TRANK are a French / Swiss independent rock band – whose first singles, released between 2016 and 2019, have earned them massively successful opening gigs with rock legends Deep Purple, Anthrax, Papa Roach and Disturbed. TRANK's just-released first album, "The Ropes", an instant smash with the indie / underground rock press, captures their unique, furiously catchy blend of alternative rock with metal riffing and electronic post-punk - intense yet accessible songs, as introspective yet powerful, intimate yet stadium-sized. On this site you will find everything about the band - enjoy and share, and thank you for visiting !
FIND THE ALBUM
Stream or download "THE ROPES - MONOLITH EDITION" from your favorite digital platforms by clicking here >
Stream or download "THE ROPES - MONOLITH EDITION" in high resolution from audiophile store Qobuz by clicking here >
DEC 13, 2022 - BREAKING NEWS
TRANK PERFORMS RETURN GIG AND FIRST AS A 5-PIECE GANG
After almost 3 years away from the stage, TRANK are back, with a vengeance, new songs, and a new member. How's that for news ?
While we've been overwhelmed with the praise washed upon our album "THE ROPES - MONOLITH EDITION" in the international rock press (France, UK, Italy), we haven't exactly rested on our laurels. A second album is in the making, and we have test-driven three of its future songs on stage at "La Barakason," a deservedly well-reputed home for many rock and metal bands of the Geneva area - our home. But even more importantly, the gig was also the ideal opportunity for us to "test-drive" our brand new bass player Cristobal ! Picking up the bass from David who is moving on to rhythm guitar, Cristobal (on the left side of the pic below - while David is on the right) brings a unique energy to the band, as well as years of experience honing the sound of local alt metal band Karvane - which clearly show in the mind-blowing, masterful sound and lines he coaxes out of his five-string bass. And given the rapturous reception from the audience, TRANK's new five-man-army sound is even more powerful and richly layered than ever : the gig, alongside regional metal darlings Backwater and Eternal Flight (who kindly invited us to join them for a night to remember), was a big success, and turned out to be the best possible baptism of fire for Cristobal, as well as David in his new role. We hope you catch them and the rest of the band on stage soon - stay tuned for news and dates, and thanks for your support !
(Photo credit : the immensely talented Esther Pink - click on the image to see more of her work in our "Pics" Page)
MAR 20, 2022
TRANK GETS RECOGNITION FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ROCK PRESS !
We should probably start by apologizing for not even taking the time to wish every one of you a happy new year : blame it on the flood of good news and the hard work that we've been up to (still : happy belated new year !).
While we're dealing with the frustration of not playing live for so long by working VERY hard on the second album (more to come on both the playing live and the new songs...), we've received extremely cool news to lift our spirits, and hopefully yours : the recent reissue of our one-year-old first album, "THE ROPES - MONOLITH EDITION," has been given the accolade by the INTERNATIONAL ROCK PRESS !
In the UK, PowerPlay Magazine have given us a month-best 8/10 rating, praising "an incredibly strong release" and "a truly cross-genre album." At the same time, Rock Hard Italy have made us Independent Album of the Month, with a month-best 8.5/10 rating and boundlessly enthusiastic words for "an album of extremely high standards throughout, which dispenses emotions of indisputable depth with a rare, measured elegance. A real concentrate of intensity and inspiration."
Last but not least, at home in France, "THE ROPES - MONOLITH EDITION" got voted best album of 2021 by the readers of major online mag "RockMeeting" - pipping Iron Maiden's "Senjutsu" at the post. Needless to say we're unbelievably proud of all of this, and it's gotten us fired up for our soon-to-be confirmed return to the stage... Stay tuned, and thank you for the support !
DEC 08, 2021
TRANK CELEBRATE "ROCK HARD" AWARD WITH NEW VIDEO "SHINING"
This week is big news week in TRANK camp. First off, "THE ROPES - MONOLITH EDITION" has been named "Album of the month" and given a glowing review, along with a 2-page interview, in France's top selling rock mag, "ROCK HARD." Having grown on a steady diet of music press and learnt everything from it in the days before everything was available on line, the band are deeply moved and honoured so see their work celebrated by such a great title.
As if in celebration, the band also release the new video for the album's opening track, "Shining." Directed, as ever, by Alban Verneret, the film alludes to the idea behind the song : "Shining" talks about how so many of us so often feel compelled to create a falsely perfect image of their lives for others to watch and enjoy. "It's true on social networks of course, but also in so many life situations like job interviews. And the people you lie to - they know you're lying, but they're addicted to the lie and it becomes a sort of dance of mutual dependency." We hope you enjoy the song and video as much as we enjoyed making it - don't hesitate to send as many friends to it on YouTube as you can... Thank you for your support, and see you soon !
NOV 05, 2021
TRANK LAUNCH "THE ROPES - MONOLITH EDITION" DOUBLE ALBUM !
The band are INCREDIBLY excited to bring you their first album, "THE ROPES" - in an all new two-disc version available in both physical & digital formats.
Indeed, fans and friends - TRANK’s "THE ROPES" is now getting the Deluxe release treatment, with distribution by M&O Music, a new master by Andy Van Dette (Porcupine Tree, David Bowie), and a bonus disc of 12 remixes, created by a variety of artists (French techno act Mokroié, indie producer Aura Shred) and engineers who have worked with some of the band's reference acts (Young Gods, Nitzer Ebb). Says the band : "The album, as we initially self-released it (in France, late 2020), already sat at the crossroads of many influences, from Soundgarden to early Muse via Depeche Mode and 80's electro-post-punk : adding those remixes to it now is a fun way to push the electronic side and get people to dicover new sides to the songs, without losing the blend of fire and ice that makes them TRANK songs."
The original, single-disc version of "THE ROPES" was released small-scale and entirely independently - and garnered dozens of unanimously rave reviews across the French indie on-line press, to the point of being picked up by French distributor M&O Music. M&O will distribute the album in its all-new, double disc incarnation online via digital distribution behemoth Believe Digital - and in brick-and-mortar stores via legendary metal label Season of Mist.
As ever, TRANK and visual director Alban Verneret have paid special attention to creating a design that does justice to the content - and please believe us when we say the physical 2-CD digipak is a thing of beauty. You can order it on line by clicking HERE, or on the sleeve below - or you can find all the links you need to download or stream the album by clicking HERE. You can also buy the double CD in a SIGNED version from the "Store" page of this site, as well as the SIGNED single disc - we have now sold out the standard single disc version, so you should hurry up !
Whichever way you choose to buy it, we hope and trust that you will enjoy, not only the intensity of the original songs - but also the way the remixes take them to the edges of TRANK's sonic territory. Enjoy, share with your friends, and if your local shop doesn't carry the CD, feel free to tell them they should... Thank you so much for your continued support, and let us know what you think of this new version of the album !