I had a mini-obsession with Garage A Trois from 2003-2005. The band featuring jazz/funk guitar genius Charlie Hunter, saxophone mad man Skerik, and New Orleans drummer extraordinaire Stanton Moore released their full length debut "Emphasizer" in '03, with the addition of Mike Dillon on percussion and it quickly became my favorite record of the year. It was everything I was hoping the record would sound like. It was funky and strange. Clever, melodic. Nasty. And it even rocked, once in awhile.
GAT's live performances were something to behold. You needed your own multi-cam views and close-ups to help distinguish where all that music was coming from. There was Charlie's guitar sounding like an organ, bass guitar and electric guitar all at once. Skerik's treated horn sounding like any number of things, only occasionally a saxophone! And Stanton Moore, whose impossible attack on the kit continues to make my jaw drop.
Now, the original trio is back!
Garage A Trois have a new record ready, "Calm Down Cologne," to be released on the Royal Potato label on 4/16. The first single is the title track and it is 2:30 of pure smoke.
You can preorder a fancy colored vinyl edition at the links below.
And if you want to get acquainted with these badasses, strap yourself in and check out "Emphasizer." I'll get you started.