News

2016/01/14

Knights of something : new album out on April 1st 2016

Troy Von Balthazar’s 4th studio album was recorded in Berlin and the South of France. He used a combination of an old Tascam 388, tape machine and Protools, a bunch of amazing guitar pedals, and vintage microphones.
It's lo-fi songwriting and recording at it's best, stream of consciousness music structures and powerful lyrics. The songs create a very distinct atmosphere that is really "The TvB sound".

Knights of something will be released on LP, CD & digital on April 1st 2016:

  • by Vicious Circle in France (distribution: L'autre Distribution)
  • by Siluh Records in Austria (dist: Hoanzl), Switzerland (dist: Irascible), Germany (dist: Cargo), Benelux (dist: Sonic Rendezvous), UK (dist: Plastic Head)

TvB - Knights of something

Tracklisting

  1. Surfer
  2. Thugs
  3. We need you
  4. Smarter
  5. Astrid
  6. Empire of my hate
  7. New world lamb
  8. Touch is meat
  9. Curses!
  10. Smile
  11. My black prize
  12. Manic high
  13. Lemon seed

Listen to "Manic high"

You can listen to the track "Manic high" from the new album on Soundcloud. Enjoy!

Tour

TvB will tour Europe in spring: more news later.

2015/11/08

The Color Bars Experience on tour

The Tribute to Elliott Smith's "Figure 8" including TvB, Jason Lytle and Ken Stringfellow will hit the road on December (in France only):

  • 15/12 : Théâtre du Quai / Angers
  • 16/12 : Le Lieu Unique / Nantes
  • 18/12 : Espace André Malraux / Six Fours
  • 19/12 : Opéra / Clermont Ferrand
  • 20/12 : Théâtre Sébastopol / Lille

More info on the shows page.

Home showslove from TvB

TvB has toured France for private shows during september-october. Here are a few words from him: The private TvB home shows were fantastic. It was one of the most fun tours I have ever done. The people were all great. I made lots of new friends, had great food and played some great shows. Thanks to all the wonderful people who invited me into their homes.

Documentary

The TvB Documentary Project is a transmedia project about the personality and music of TvB. Follow the project on his Facebook page and watch/listen to exclusive content, like this video of his new song.

TVB - At home - New song from Ethnomedia on Vimeo.

Recording

The recording is in the final mixing. The new TvB album should be out in the spring. I'm really happy with the way the songs sound. Each one is directly from a part of my life. It's a special album for me.

tape recorder

Équilibre Fragile #2

Equilibre Fragile #2Équilibre Fragile is a new french magazine made by enthusiastic people (they previously released a tribute to TvB). You can preorder Équilibre Fragile #2 including a special report on TvB.

New video

You can watch a new video filmed on the rooftops of Toulon during his private tour: TvB plays Tropical.

2015/04/28

Interview

You can read an interview with Troy, Jason Lytle & Ken Stringfellow about their relationship with Elliott Smith, his work, his album "Figure 8" on Les Inrocks.

2015/04/15

Radio show

Troy + Jason Lytle & The Color Bars Experience play Elliott Smith's "Figure 8" on May 2nd. Free tickets available on Maison de la radio website This show is already sold-out!
Live recording at Maison de la Radio, Paris. Broadcasted on May 4th on France Musique at 10:30 PM (GMT+2) in Label pop.

Interview

You can read a new interview on Le Transistor about the Elliott Smith project and the next album.

2015/03/25

Tribute to Elliott Smith

Shows

3 shows announced: the first one is a tribute to Elliott Smith's "Figure 8" with Troy von Balthazar, Ken Stringfellow (The Posies) and Jason Lytle (Grandaddy). See shows page for details.

TvB contributes to an upcoming book about Nirvana

Troy Von Balthazar is one of the major contributors among the 210 musicians interviewed by Nick Soulsby for his new book "I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana", to be released on March 31. Sounds like an interesting read for Nirvana and Chokebore fans!
More on Troy's contribution to the book at chokebore.net.
See also: the post from the author and a link to buy the book.

AmRep documentary

Troy also contributed to the Amphetamine Reptile Records (Chokebore's first label) documentary film.

New album

Troy is currently in the middle of recording his next TvB album in his flat in Berlin. He has some nice old machines that are helping him to make it sound good.

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