In the old British working man’s club setting of Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club, three young Torontonian jazz musicians are tinkering around soundchecking for tonight’s show. Far from what would spring to mind when picturing a ‘Jazz Trio’ – the group sport Nike SBs, 5-Panels, Stussy T-shirts and Huf hoodies – and concern lies in testing how much the 808s on their drum machine rattles the ceiling, as much as it does tuning up instruments.
Since hitting the Internet with a selection of covers in 2011, Matthew Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alexander Sowinski, collectively known as BadBadNotGood, have played with Odd Future and Frank Ocean at Coachella, produced tracks for Earl Sweatshirt and Danny Brown, and remixed records for DOOM and Freddie Gibbs, and that was all prior to an official release.
Tonight they will perform tracks from their newly released debut album III to a response that is unlikely to have been witnessed by any Jazz act prior. As a room full of 20-somethings mosh their way through covers of Gucci Mane and TNGHT, it is clear that the young musicians have found an exciting and unexplored niche somewhere between hip hop, Jazz and Electronic production.
How does it feel finally having your first official album out?
M: It feels really good, although we finished it like eight months ago so we’ve been listening to it over and over again!
C: But at the same time it’s really exciting still. People have been really receptive, and we’ve seen a lot of people talking about it, so it’s really cool.
How did you approach making III differently to the records you’d put out on BandCamp previously?
M: We probably approached it differently in every way possible.
C: I mean, we had way more time to write the music, which we never had before because we are always busy with other things. But now that it’s a full time thing we spent a tonne of time working on each intricate part of each thing.
A: We also had a lot of time to experiment with a bunch of recording things that we wanted to do like do it to tape and analog and things like that. So we basically got to try out all of the things we’ve been wanting to do since being at music school and learning about production and stuff.