The album was announced a couple months ago, but the full details are finally out and about for 3. The Japanese version of the album will be released on May 17th. It will be available as a digital download and as well as in two different physical versions. The first will be a minimalist “Simple is the Best” version with no jacket or lyrics booklet, pictured below, and will sell for 1500 yen.
There is also a 999 copy limited edition Deluxe version. The songs will be split into three discs, each curated by one of the band members. It will be in a box designed by artist Cho Hikaru and include a jigsaw puzzle. With the limited number and high price tag of 4,860 yen, it’s only for collectors. Lead vocals Ikkyu mentioned that it initially was going to be even more expensive, but they toned it down. There’s no visual of the Deluxe version available at this time. It’s being sold only at Tower Records and most of the preorders have already sold out, after being made available on Monday night.
Additionally, for the first time tricot’s album will be released by record labels in additional countries. Big Scary Monsters will be releasing it in the UK/EU and Topshelf Records will release it in the U.S. on May 19th. It will be available on CD and vinyl, with a design featuring a taxidermied butterfly.
On March 25th, tricot held a concert at O-West in Shibuya where they played the entirety of their new album in the same track order as the CD. I was luck enough to see the show and the new songs sound great. They still have some of their standard sound but also mix in some new elements and effects. We also see the return of “Pork Ginger.” Although the music video can be watched on YouTube, the song was only available for purchase on Bandcamp for a few days at Christmas 2015. 3 also includes “Setsuyakuka” which was the lead track from their KABUKU EP released last year.
- TOKYO VAMPIRE HOTEL
- Yosoiki (よそいき)
- Sukima (スキマ)
- pork side
- Pork Ginger (ポークジンジャー)
- Echo (エコー)
- Namu (南無)
- Setsuyakuka (節約家)
- Melon Soda (メロンソーダ)
Finally, last week a new song from the album “DeDeDe” was released on iTunes in Japan and is available for listening on YouTube as well. It’s got a bit of a Latin groove with a chorus reminiscent of “Oyasumi.”
All in all, I’m very excited for the release next month. Following the release, tricot will be heading out on a 47 stop tour where they will visit every Japanese prefecture besides their now-home of Tokyo (and twice in Hokkaido). There’s about a month gap in the middle where they will be playing at ArcTanGent Festival in England August 17-19 and I expect they will play more shows in the UK and Europe around that time.