Searching – The Triplet Code (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I know that I shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the world is a small and culturally mixed place but it still has the power to surprise me. That a trio playing 70’s inspired, blues driven, incendiary rock, with a slightly Hendrix feel to it should be found in Amman, Jordan rather than say, London, Detroit or Berlin is just proof that, at least in some ways, the world is becoming more united. But Amman is a rich, diverse and cosmopolitan place so maybe on reflection I just need to be more open-mind to such wonderful surprises.

Another surprise when you realise that Searching is driven by a video of the song’s live debut, a brave move but one that really pays off and the footage shows nothing less than a confident and competent band doing what they do best. Mahmoud Tayyem lays down some wonderfully “in the pocket” drumming, a tight and unfussy platform on which to build the song, allowing bassist Abdulrahman Ghabboun the perfect safety net so that he can wander around the fret board knowing that he can always find his way back.

But as is generally the way with such bluesy rock and roll, it is the guitar which is the star of the show and Vivek Ayer adds some tasteful touches wandering between the understated and the energetic and dropping in a fantastic solo which blends western rock tinged with a slight infusion of the more exotic musical sounds of his own surroundings. It’s a great song and a great performance. It proves that this is a band with no need to resort to video tricks and distracting gimmicks to sell the song, the performance sells it perfectly.

I think that three-piece bands are my favourite type of line up. Everyone has to be on their game, there is no room for anyone to be carried, there is a job to be done and everyone has an important part to play. And like such bands as Cream and Burning Tree, both of whom are useful reference points for what The Triplet Code does, we find another fine band, one which is tight, talented and bang on the money. Don’t you love it when that happens?

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