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Tristeza

Known as much for their consistent touring as their prolific output, San Diego's instrumental rock quintet Tristeza formed in 1997. Guitarists Jimmy LaValle and Christopher Sprague, keyboardist Stephen Swesey, bassist Luis Hermosillo, and drummer Jimmy Lehner came together after playing in bands like the Locust, Crimson Curse, Swing Kids, and Gogogo Airheart, among others, and recorded their debut 7", Foreshadow/Smoke Through Glass, soon after. In promotion of the single, Tristeza toured three times, making the 7" a best-seller and proving that they could pull off their intricate, involved instrumental sound on-stage as well as in the studio.

Tristeza's first full-length, 1999's Spine and Sensory, added subtle jazz elements to their style; just before hitting the road again, they released their volume of the Insound Tour Support series, a series of CD EPs intended to help promote touring indie bands. Another tour and another single -- the Macrame 7" -- confirmed the band's swift musical development and electronic leanings. Tristeza stopped touring just long enough to record Dream Signals in Full Circles in Chicago with the Pulsars' Dave Trumfio; the album was released in the fall of 2000 by Tigerstyle Records.

The group returned in 2002 with Mixed Signals, a collection of Dream Signals remixes. But Swesey departed the same year, and LaValle the next, so Tristeza went on hiatus while they reassembled their lineup. By 2004 Sean Ogilve and Alison Ables had joined on keyboards and guitar, respectively, and Tristeza recorded a double album called A Colores that was issued in November 2005 on Better Looking Records. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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Fantastic, Really good , .
Exciting yet relaxing. Another word for it, quite wonderful.
Wow, eletriodgene s i s , just took a look at your playlists... . . . e v e r y t h i n g from Too short to Die Antwoord to Beethoven to RJD2 and Lynard Skynard..... . . v e r y diverse..... . g o o d stuff
followed this band around San Dog in the early ought. First time I saw them I was sure they were from outer space and the drummer was the king of their alien species. Didn't miss a show for two years. Great memories.
guitar work is reminiscent of HUM
Can these comments get more boring?
Sadness are awesome. Name sucks though. Music like this doesn't make me sad at all.
I had the honor of playing a show with them on their release tour for Dream Signals. Jerry's Pizza, Bakersfield, CA. I was the drummer in the Polyrhythm that night. We did shrooms with another band that played that night, Mercury Program. Epic memories...
judeqjenkins
Every time I hear them on Pandora I swear to myself I must buy more of their music. Inspiring stuff. Thanks to Pandora for introducing me to such a talented group!
Rediscovered after 7 or so years.... must explore more Tristeza!
maxhammer200 5
Beautiful stuff!!
This was one of my first favorite bands. Chris is one of the most humble chilled out composers I've ever met. Seriously inspiring stuff. Spine and Sensory is the way to go if your new to this.
also i am pleased 2 have discovered this with paNDORA RADio online, the nations preeeminent extra awesome purveyor of aural infinties
Good music. Really pleased to have discovered this.
very nice...
lovelovelove this band. Long live Tristeza!
Solid sounds! Thanks for the introduction . Pandora.
Hip heaven, smoothly tripping me out.
awsom!
excellent!
It's one former member of the, as it was referred to as "punk grind" band, the locust. It is a fairly dramatic transition, but it's not that uncommon. Look at bands like Pg.99. The members went to form Ghastly City Sleep..HUGE transition.. P y g m y Lush, another huge transition, but when they started, they were doing half pg.99 kind of stuff, half softer stuff, then the second album was straight softer/acous t i c style..And Haram..Anoth e r pretty big transition. Good way to show diversity.
bonkers6
If you have not been to their website, you have to go there. The flash animation at the top is BOSS! Just sit back and listen to their music while watching the animation. http://www.t r s t z . c o m /
i think its realy funny that i love the locust and i love this.
einarabelc5
I've been trying to digest Electronica for years now. Always been a classic Rock and Classical music lover. This song came to me after creating a La Villa Strangiatto Station. Is the First Song I actually feel the curiosity to check out. After listening for this station for 2 days in a row and many similar groups. this has nothing to do with Chemical brothers, Tiesto, etc. This is actually music. Now I understand why Jordan Rudess said about Electronica and how interesting was to see these guys
o_O

When that said Locust, did that mean, the punk grind band the Locust? or some other Locust?

If it's the Locust that I'm thinking about, it's really cool that they can make such a dramatic shift in musical genre.
interesting how someone went from playing in the Locust to music like this...
bromide01
Thanks computer program that I have anthropomorp h i z e d .
Thanks Pandora for adding Tristeza to my mix. Excellent.
It's all about the music.

L.O.V.E. TRISTEZA
stortiw
i'M MORE OF A SPONGEBOB KIND OF GUY
this is really... good.
supergroovet a s t i c !
bromide01
"Oh, I like family guy and like to correct people's spelling." Way to take Pandora too seriously.
Complex, involved and exhilarating . Incredible.
Golden Hill may be the greatest thing in the history of all great things!
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
great sound, their music breaths...
unbelievable soundscapes.

definitely in the same class with Explosions in the sky, Isis, and Mogwai.

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