Trin Tran, the one-man band creation of Madison’s Steve Coombs, has quite a cult following. One of those ardent fans turns out to be garage-rocker Ty Segall who just happens to be starting his own label imprint God? in conjunction with Drag City Records. Who does Ty want for the first release on his new label? You guessed it…Trin Tran.
ENLIGHTEN UP TO DARK RADAR (Drag City Press Release)
What is Trin Tran? Like a schizoid game of Pong, exploiting the tempo and the sounds – these ano/digital shards, iced with minimal/savant lyric shreds and crazed to the groove(s), could hail from Munich in ’77 or Cleveland, SF, LA, NYC or London in the late 70s. It could be from some weird dark corner of the early 80s…but fuck, it could be today too! And while today is indeed today, we're talking about Trin Tran, and these sounds were crazily made in the early aughts -- not neither here, nor not there. Dark Radar was recorded in 2002 and 2003, CD-R'd, lost and found on the internet. Trin Tran's sounds have been issued from behind the mask. Other than what the sounds tell you, you're not supposed to know what's going on behind the mask. The first release on GOD? Records, the new Ty Segall imprint, Trin Tran's Dark Radar is off the grid. How far? Watch the video for "Butcher, Future" and see where you end up!