T.R.A.M. – Lingua Franca (2012)

Although “Lingua Franca” is their debut album, it would be a mistake to think this is a new band. True, the project were started last summer when Adrián Terrazas-González was introduced to Tosin Abasi, but a band made of exclusively well knowned and appreciated musicians like this definitively exclude the suspicion of some beginners. Terrazas (Saxophone, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Percussion) might be familiar from bands such as The Mars Volta, Omar Rodríguez-López, Troker, etc. Javier Reyes and Tosin Abasi both are famous by their leading progressive metal band Animals As Leaders, while Eric Moore since 2008 is the drummer both for Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves.

Singed to Sumerian Records, “Lingua Franca” is set to hit the stores on 2.28.12.
Sophisticated and cleverly spiced, the six tracks are paths down to the 70’s and open parallels with groups like Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra, jazz and progressive rock elements are merged into a fluid, but glowing, joyful journey. Virtuosity and creativity do not exclude each other this time and T.R.A.M. managed to find the perfect balance between heavy intensity and smooth sophism, between rock and jazz, between musical madness and solid structures. Obviously critics might trace their influence back to a dozen names of bands and artists, others might find their music quite outdated and pretty off from any contemporary trends and tendencies, still, this music has it’s own incorporated magic and hypnotizing strength.
Not gonna dissect this to pieces, I prefer to listen to it and you should do the same. Not any review will give you at least something close to its real taste anyway.

T.R.A.M. ‘Endeavor’ by Sound Colour Vibration


1. Seven Ways Till Sunday
2. Consider Yourself Judged
3. Endeavor
4. Haas Kicker
5. Hollywood Swinging
6. Inverted Ballad

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