L.A.'s music scene continues to generate excitement from coast to coast. The city's latest export is a 3 piece group known as "Triangle." We spoke with Triangle guitarist/-vocalist, Baron.
Q. Where does your career stand at this point? Have
you received major label interest?
A. Right now, we're at the slow point of the season. I'm sure you know, November, December, nothing's going down as far as labels. We stirred enough interest that we're pretty confident come first of the year we'll be able to secure a deal with a major. We've had enough interest from labels here to indicate that. It's just a matter of pushin'. The management, the press people, all of the people we deal with, are deal oriented. As a band, we're song and fan oriented. We want to play to people, not record companies.
Q. What's the club scene like in L.A. at the moment?
A. The amount of clubs has diminished, and the number of bands has gone up. So, where you used to have 2 or 3 bands play a night, now you've got 5, sometimes 6 bands in one evening.
Q. When record companies look at 3 piece groups, they
usually will remark a fourth member would be nice. Have you heard any of
A. We have not heard anything of that nature from the labels themselves. I have heard those comments made, before, before we play. After we play, it's no longer a consideration because we are a very full-sounding 3 piece. We design our songs. around a 3 piece arrangement, in the way that "The Police" played off of the air, the air in the music, what wasn't played, the way that "A.A. Top" plays off of their grooves. Three piece bands have always been kind of the underdogs, and I like that position. If you look back in rock history, any 3 piece bands that caught on, were usually huge. There's been no real mediocre 3 piece band that I can remember in recent history.
Q. In your bio it states, "Triangle follows no musical
trend -rather, they appear to have set their own." Do you believe you're
setting your own musical trend?
A. Absolutely. What we do, deviates from anything the normal formats, of rock formats that bands kind of go through. What we've done is taken our personalities, we've taken our limitations, and our attributes and combined them all into one unified direction. So, we're trying to play off our limitations as much as we're trying to play off our pluses, the things that we excel in. We want to entertain, but we also want people to know we're real. That's the thing about a 3 piece, you're on the edge, and that's what it's all about. I know it may sound dramatic, but, it is.
Q. The glamorous side of rock 'n' roll is always being
played up, but hardly anyone talks about the downside of rock n' roll. What
don't you like about your job? Is there a downside?
A. Yeah, in anything you do there's a downside. You kind of have to have some kind of inner balance, where you weigh out the good with the bad. Fortunately in music, you're driven by a force that pretty much always weights it to the yest side, and puts you over the edge for the most part. As far as a downside goes, I can't really think of anything that I wake up in a cold sweat about, hating.