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Short Version
Some combinations of Post-Punk, Garage-Rock, Psychedelia, Kraut-Rock, Proto-Punk, Drone-Rock since the year 2000. Line-up changes around 2011.

 

Long Version

These days, the music press is littered with bands described as ‘psychedelic’, ‘drone-rock’, ‘with hints of Krautrock’ and so on. In their own high-energy way, Lancaster/Manchester-based Three Dimensional Tanx have been ploughing this particular furrow for over 15 years! During this time, they have been ‘sound carriers’ for Can man Damo Suzuki, performed at Tate Britain with artist Linder Sterling, played at a Spacemen 3 art exhibition at the request of Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spiritualised, Dead Skeletons) and smashed it at 2013’s Liverpool Psych Fest.Their live reputation is so fierce, that they managed to get a full crowd at Liverpool Psych Fest even though their set clashed with Fuzz and Hookworms. They’ve also played with bands like Aquaserge (featuring members of Tame Impala and Stereolab), the Oscillation, White Hills, Gnod, Ahrkh, Mugstar, Black Bombaim, Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Trembling Bells, the Lucid Dream, the Cosmic Dead, Galoshins, Helicon, Mind Mountain, Keys, Pusher, Roy & The Devil’s Motorcycle, the Anteloids, Parastatic, Pill Fangs, Rapid Pig, Cassie, Salford Media City, Womb, Paddy Steer, Cowtown and many more.

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Having put out 2 albums plus a compilation with new tracks between 2002-2009, the band’s recorded work was on hiatus as former guitarist David Blackwell left to concentrate full-time on the Lovely Eggs (with wife Holly who also guested on Tanx songs like ‘Peak Time’ and ‘Baby Universe’. However, with two new members, a new 5-piece Three Dimensional Tanx set to work creating a new album for a new era.

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January 2014 saw the release of a new, self-titled album. ‘I Am Go’ is just over 2 minutes worth of psych-garage-rock. ‘Caterpillar’ is a stoned-groove that starts off almost ‘baggy’ and builds up so much it ends up NEU!-ishly monolithic. ‘Loose Id Syd’ encapsulates the MC5 and Stooges energetic riffing with early Who drums splattered all over it. Elsewhere, there’s the swirling, intense ‘Here Come the Flies’, the multi-layered onslaught of ‘Backwards Telescope’ the synth/sequencer/drum-machine-based ‘Clark’s Momentum’ and four more tracks that are all different but share the unique Tanx approach.

The dynamic rhythm section propels the band with a rarely encountered ferocity. All kinds of electric guitars, their trademark 60’s Philicorda organ, a host of synths, electronics, and even electrified zithers and harp make for a vivid soundscape. The vocals are sometimes deep in the mix, at other times biting like a rabid John Lydon. If the live sound is sometimes a wall of noise, then the studio album reveals the riffs, motifs, interplay and other subtleties.

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March 2014 saw two album tracks ‘I Am Go’ & ‘Loose Id Syd’ remastered for release as a 7″ single on Sunstone Records.

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In April 2014, Tanx played a gig featuring the full album played straight though. This was recorded and released as Three Dimensional Tanx LIVE! in July 2014.

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‘Live Tanx Extras’ came out in March 2015 on download and ltd ed 10 cdrs, comprising 6 songs recorded live (3 from 2013, 3 from 2014).

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New studio album ‘Attack’  came out August 29th 2016, ‘containing twelve slices of prime head music, noisy guitar and sixties organ writhing together over a solid bed of rhythm’ according to Terrascope.

 

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The first song from ‘Attack’ is also featured on Dayz of Purple & More Hope – a 27-Track compilation of contemporary psych released April 2017.

 

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‘Trip Hazard’ (from ‘Attack’) will be available in a limited edition (50 only) lathe-cut 7″ split single with 7Shades. Available exclusively to festival goers at 15th Dream of Dr Sardonicus 4th-6th August, Cardigan, Wales.