[Album Review] Triple Gangers- Forecast
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Release Date: June 1st, 2015
Label: Independent

If you are a fan of ’80s, beat-oriented, British synth rock then you are in luck because that is exactly the vibe that Triple Gangers tap into on their first full-length album ‘Forecast’.  They may not be quite as cerebral as the innovative Eurythmics but they are certainly not as vacuous as the fashion-conscious Human League, and at times they exude the cool sophistication of the likes of Sade (“Crazy”). If none of these references mean anything to you, don’t worry, all you need to know is that Triple Gangers deliver toe-tapping synth music with such entertaining high spirits that it will put a smile on even the grumpiest of faces.

This spirit is probably best exemplified on the standout track “Beresford Boys, a bright and bouncy number to soundtrack your summer. Elsewhere the trio stick to the same basic template, but there are some intriguing variations on the theme, from the Janet Jackson electro beat of “Molly” and darkwave rhythm of “Tidal Wave” to the yacht rock leanings of “Avalanche” and “Alien Man”. The most interesting song in terms of structure is “Roadrash”. All three singers are prominent in this one, with no one taking a dominant lead. The verse is an R&B anthem (“… do it, baby/across the nation…”) but in the chorus there is a shift towards indie folk stylings. The song’s various changes in pace (albeit all held together by a relentless bubbling beat) make for an interesting listen.

Triple Gangers is not a full-time gig for any of the members (Ida Maidstone, for example, is also a member of the exquisite dream-pop outfit Hush Pup), which may explain why it has taken them so long to put out their first full album. It also may explain the carefreeness that permeates the air. These are not three musicians coming together with the mandate of getting down to day-to-day business . No, they are clearly there for the fun and pure joy of it. Their attitude is infectious.