by Andrew Frisicano

Trans Am

Thrill Jockey: You've spoken before about a desire to transcend music. Do you think this album accomplishes that?

Trans Am: Absolutely. This album isn't about music at all. It's about being prepared mentally and physically. It's about training 8 hours a day for the past two years. You know, too many people today are results-oriented. We want to win as much as anyone, but we're not going to abandon our system now. That's what got us where we are and we're not going to throw everything away and just play for music's sake.

Trans Am will put out their ninth (!) LP, Thing, on April 20th, and you can hear a tight, vocoder-riffing rack from it above.

The band is currently on tour with Portland noise-rock band Nice Nice and Jonas Reinhardt (a group not a person). They play two NYC shows. The first is at Santos this Saturday (4/17). Tickets are still on sale.

Their other NYC show, on Sunday (4/18), was relocated from Market Hotel to the Knitting Factory. Oneida (who headlined the venue in March and who play the Joshua Light Show fest this May) is also on the bill. Tickets are on sale.

Album art, tracklist and all tour dates are below...

Trans Am

Trans Am
"Thing" tracklist
01 Please Wait
02 Black Matter
03 Naked Singularity
04 Thing
05 Bad Vibes
06 Heaven's Gate
07 The Silent Star
08 Arcadia
09 Apparent Horizon
10 Interstellar Drift
11 Maximum Yield
12 Space Dock

Trans Am - 2010 Tour Dates
Apr 15 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC #
Apr 16 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania #
Apr 17 Santos Party House New York, New York #
Apr 18 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, New York !
Apr 19 Middle East (downstairs) Boston, Massachusetts #
Apr 20 La Sala Rosa Montreal, Quebec #
Apr 21 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Ontario #
Apr 22 Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, Michigan #
Apr 23 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois #
Apr 24 Northside Tavern Cincinnati, Ohio @
May 04 Hafenklang Hamburg *
May 05 Bang Bang Club Berlin *
May 06 Scheld'apen Antwerp *
May 07 Les Trinitaires Metz *
May 08 Les Nuits du Botanique Brussels
May 09 013 Tilburg *
May 10 DB's Utrecht *
May 11 Corsica Studios London *
May 12 Kazimier Liverpool
May 13 The Fleece & Firkin Bristol
May 14 L'Aeronef Lille *
May 15 Festival Nuits Sonores Lyon
May 17 L'Ampérage Grenoble *
May 18 La Maroquinerie Paris *
May 20 L'Olympic Nantes
May 21 Festival Sonore Brest
May 23 Sixen Festival Kortrijk
May 24 Le Grillen Colmar ^
May 25 Exil Zurich ^
May 26 Le Kab Geneva ^
May 27 Magnolia Milano
May 28 Baraonda Marina Di Carrara
# w/ Nice Nice, Jonas Reinhardt
! w/ Oneida, Nice Nice, Jonas Reinhardt
@ w/ Nice Nice
* w/ Lazer Crystal
^ w/ Psychic Paramount

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