The people of Triangle met in a frozen land of tundra. They connected their plastic electronic music boxes and, surprisingly, it warmed them. Call this place St. Paul, MN. It was a lot like any other place except for the severely debilitating cold, the risk of horrific frostbite, and a fertile music scene. Those who found each other in the blinding snow were: Amanda Warner, a Fargoan on upright bass in the local college jazz band and a twiddler of garage-sale keyboards in a yellow jumpsuit; Brian Tester, a local St. Paulite who escaped from the heartland back into the great white north with a guitar and a roomful of synthesizers and unloved electronics; Susan Lindell, another Fargoan with a taste for bmx and a ridiculous record collection. They played their hectic electronic music out of a boombox and some guitars.
They eventually released two quickly-sold-out eps, the self-titled "Triangle" and "Peek Meeter", on their own label, Smoke + Mirrors. Not long after, Susan left the band to tune pseudo Buddy Holly's guitar and Amanda and Brian signed as a duo to File 13 records, from Philadelphia Pa. File 13 released Triangle's debut record, "*", in 2001. Triangle bought a computer to replace the boombox, trekked to the east coast a few times, got some parking tickets. In 2001 they were also the first US band to tour and perform using Ableton Live software (thanks to some handy connections.) Triangle continued to tour and play with a wide variety of bands, and found their way to a couple of CMJ's in NYC (our spiritual homeland), the 2006 All Tomorrow's Parties in the UK, and and SXSW in TX. Eventually, Chicago's Essay Records released 'Decimal Places', Triangle's 2nd album, in 2006.
In their journeys, they have played with many fine and weird luminaries of contemporary music, like The Beachwood Sparks, The Shins, RTX, So So Many White White Tigers, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the late great Dismemberment Plan, Deerhoof, The Flying Luttenbachers, Kreamy 'Lectric Santa, The Busy Signals, Bobby Conn, Numbers, The Mates of State, Fruitbats, Broadcast, Marc Almond, Blonde Redhead, The Mae Shi, O'Death, The Coachwhips, C.R.A.C.K. We Are Rock, Mochipet, and many many others.
Triangle now live in Oakland, Ca and NYC. The Triangle ship, rolling through seas of gnarled electronics, forgotten popwaves off the AM dial, previously discarded experiments of 70s freakrock scenes, and staticy transmissions from 80s motortown, took on a few extra hands, namely Jon Otto Schroeder on music box, Mark Treise on bass and Elias Reitz on electroacoustic percussion. They are currently on sabbatical.
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