Death Disco: Tropical Flavour
Bandana donning London three-piece IS TROPICAL recently released their debut single When O When on the renowned Hitclub Records label before setting off on a short but sweet UK tour with The Big Pink last month.
The trio formed early last year, consisting of Gary Barber on vocals and guitar, Simon Milner on vocals and keyboard, joined by Dominic Apa as the driving force on the drums as they appear on the stage in their now trademark, face-obscuring masks and draped by self-made video projections. IS TROPICAL have also recently toured with Egyptian Hip Hop, New Young Pony Club and Good Shoes as their support act on various dates across the country.
The group combine a habit of swapping instrument and vocal duties with their policy of covering their faces for every live performance and photoshoot. This, they claim, is an attempt to "eliminate the idea of a front person" and a kick back at the posing of other bands who confuse the idea of being a group with that of being poster boys.
Their sound is on occasion well suited to the club circuit, with their melody driven songs taking influence from the likes of Metronomy. A combination of live drums, programmed electronic beats and jarring guitars result in a familiar sound but one that is given a new twist.
IS TROPICAL are currently spending the summer touring the festival circuit, stopping off at Isle of Wight, Farraday, Field Day, Underage and V between June and August before recording new material later this year.