Garage A Trois Announces New Album ‘Calm Down Cologne’ & Shares Title Track

By Scott Bernstein Feb 24, 2021 7:55 am PST

Garage A Trois detailed Calm Down Cologne, the first album featuring the band’s original lineup in 22 years. Guitarist Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Skerik and drummer Stanton Moore unveiled the title track from the five-track LP which drops via Royal Potato Family on April 16.

Hunter, Skerik and Moore formed the project in 1999, the same year the trio released its debut album, Mysteryfunk. Various lineup changes followed before GAT went on hiatus in the early-2010s. “OG GAT” reassembled in 2019 for a series of concerts and used the opportunity to track a new LP.

Calm Down Cologne was recorded with engineer Randall Dunn at Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho facility in Seattle. “Getting to make this record with two of my long time musical collaborators was a pure joy,” explained Moore. “We took a decidedly old school approach to making this one. During the day of what was to be our third night at Nectar Lounge, we carried the drums, uncased, with the cymbals still on the stands, across the street and placed them in the studio. We were getting sounds within minutes. We recorded for a few hours, carried the drums back and played the gig. No muss, no fuss.”

“Charlie and Stanton have been playing together for 25 years. There is a limitless quantity of output that they are able to generate. My job is to stay out of the way of their immovable freight train of rhythmic power and add melodic content on top,” added Skerik. “And the final element of this sonic signature comes from Randall who glues the music together in the recording and mixing process. He’s the perfect engineer for records that depend on improvisation. He moves fast and gets huge sounds that convey the dynamics and power of the band.”

Listen to “Calm Down Cologne,” the album’s lone pre-composed song, below:

Calm Down Cologne Tracklist

  1. No Zone
  2. The Epic
  3. Calm Down Cologne
  4. In A Pro Pro
  5. Numinous
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