Welcome to the sound of TRANK. A contagious, intense, raging brand of rough-as-rock introspection. Or, as they half-jokingly describe it, "like silicium : not metal, but hard enough."
TRANK want "to make you jump & think at the same time."
Their music blends infectious, propulsive, angry energy, with a more seasoned lyrical look upon life and its trials than you'd expect from a band that sounds this powerful. Their songs might capture the sort of world-weariness, cynicism and empathy that only comes with living a little - before you song- write; but their sound brings those feelings to life with irresistible drive and cathartic flamboyance. A combination which very much defines their identity - between alt-rock, post-punk and melodic metal.
TRANK are all French but write in English, a testimony to their lifelong love story with British and American acts, and influences too broad to list - from Deftones to Depeche Mode, Motörhead to Muse, Nick Drake to Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd to Porcupine Tree, REM to Rage. Like all these references, TRANK like to mine the darkest places in the human soul, pull out the worst of life's frustrations and anxieties, and turn them into moments of catharsis that they can share with people who recognize those same feelings - be it by experience or anticipation.
Before all, TRANK are united by a lifelong passion for music. Johann (drums) has known Michel ("MJ", vocals and programming) for years, from working in the same company - and they hooked up over machine-gun-fire discussions about favorite albums, and their long but increasingly frustrating experience in semi-pro bands. Julien (guitars) was a passionately self-taught guitarist with growing desire for a professional experience, and struck instant friendship with Michel after a first rehearsal revealed a shared passion, vision and direction. And David (bass) already had a recording and touring career behind him before he joined the family. Music has been their "second life" for years - from their youngest age, growing up in different parts of France's "province." "People ask us - if you want to be in a band and make anything happen, shouldn't you be in Paris ? All of us landed jobs in Geneva and ended up enjoying life here (in Haute-Savoie - next door to the Swiss border) - including the local scene - there's a lot more of it than people think. It's not where you are - it's how far you want to go."
TRANK are a young band of experienced musicians - which is why they blend "seasoned" views on life with "angry" music, and have been chosen as opening act by major acts like Deep Purple, Anthrax, Papa Roach or Disturbed. All four of TRANK's members have had stage and studio experience with a variety of projects & bands; but it was only when Julien met Michel that the joining of their sensitivities sparked into a full-time project. The group in its current, final incarnation only formed late 2016 : "we all feel like life has taken its time, for all the right reasons, to get us together where we are now". "But now that we're here, and firing on all cylinders, there's no time to waste."
TRANK are also lucky to be surrounded with incredibly talented friends who have helped them realize their vision. Yvan Barone, their engineer and co-producer, has built an enviable reputation in Switzerland as a go-to sound man, with extensive experience in places like Montreux. David Weber, who runs Geneva's "Studio des Forces Motrices", where the band's first EP was recorded with his invaluable help (and no less invaluable Neve analogue mixing console, which Yvan and the band chose for its signature "color"), has helmed a number of highly-praised French alt-rock recordings by a wide range of artists, from Treponem Pal to Mickey 3D.
On the visual front, the band's first photographer, Gabi Hirit, is a top-flight reference in his native Romania. The director of their first video, Jean Baptiste Andrea, has already co-written and directed three cult feature films, the darkly stylish humour of which is the perfect match for the band's lyrics and sound. And Alban Verneret, who has directed the three videos to be released in 2018, is also a hyper-talented music video director and fashion photographer. "That's a perk of having been around for a while : you end up with a lot of talented friends."
TRANK released the first fruit of these collaborations, their first E.P., in July 2016 - and 3 singles in 2018. And their very first full length album is due for September 2020. The songs capture their unique blend of uplifting power & world-weary emotion, of darkness & light. "Of course it's "angry" music. But we're mature enough to do more with our anger than just yell and thrash non stop for however long an album lasts. We want to be intense but accessible : after all, it's still entertainment."