Hong Kong funk rock band Tri-Accident recently released their debut EP Pointless Filler, a six track record which highlights each members’ talents, and delves into a handful of genres along the way.
The driving opener D-Day mixes the funk rock tenacity of Red Hot Chili Peppers, with a chorus vocal line from frontman Alexander Tong in the vein of Queens of The Stone Age. Complicated has a bit more bite, with a Rage Against The Machine-style riff from guitarist Johnny Chiu, while drummer Cyrus Tse delivers consistently piercing snare rolls over a krautrock bassline and Foo Fighters-esque breakdown. Even though the chorus feels a little underwhelming, the falsetto harmonies are strong, like Magnetized, where again there appears to be a theme of Chili Pepper’s-inspired funk, with nice interplay between instruments which build to another slightly unrewarding pop rock chorus.
Asian Fusion shows the group’s lighter side as Tong comedically sings, “Do you want some Asian fusion?”, and closer HEY hints towards groovy American rock to give a little bit of variation.
Black House is a little more propulsive, adding a splash of 90s grunge to their palette. While this track is the most exciting, the solos between bandmates sadly sacrifices the track’s flow, just to show off each member’s technical abilities.
Pointless Filler certainly shows that Tri-Accident have the potential and talent to be something special, but they need to work towards finding their own voice, while making their songs more emotive, and their choruses more explosive.
Edited by Ginny Wong