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The Triffids

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, December 1987

The Triffids, authors of the greatest Australian country and western album, address the darker undercurrents beneath the sparkling antipodean surf. ...

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The Triffids: Irony and Distance

Interview by Clinton Walker, The Next Thing, 1984

THE TRIFFIDS fairly well defy convention; their seeming contradictions only make them stronger. They come from Perth, capital of raunch'n'roll and birthplace of the Scientists ...

The Triffids: Self-Sufficient and Surviving

Profile and Interview by Clinton Walker, The Age, 6 January 1984

THE TITLE of the Triffids' debut album, Treeless Plain, refers, of course, to the Nullarbor. That it also suggests the mood of the album itself, ...

The Triffids: Roses, Knives, Dead Bodies

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 5 January 1985

MAT SNOW hails the twisted poetry of THE TRIFFIDS while the rest of us wonder — do all the great new bands come from Australia, ...

The Triffids: Kangaroo Courting

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, 18 May 1985

LATE AFTERNOON, the wind’s beginning to whip up a little. Two Triffids sit on the balcony of an Italian cappuccino bar taking in the passing ...

The Triffids: Born Sandy Devotional

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 21 June 1986

THE MID-'80s motto is that irony has gone mainstream. Self-confidence and hope for the future have evaporated in glittering, actressy despair, to be replaced by ...

The Triffids: The Outer Limits

Interview by Jon Wilde, Sounds, 20 September 1986

Something strange has been growing in the cracked plains of Australia's badlands. JONH WILDE prunes back the weeds and uncovers THE TRIFFIDS, still fertile after ...

The Triffids: ICA, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, 2 May 1987

OF THE trio of bands lumped together in the ICA's Desert Island Risks series, Australia's Triffids, casters of many a desert bound, flat horizoned vignette, ...

The Triffids: On The Ice

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 9 January 1988


The Triffids: Dominion, London

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, 10 September 1988


The Triffids: Shaw Theatre, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 14 April 1989

The way of the Triffids ...

The Day Of The Triffids

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 15 April 1989

WINDING ITS WAY down the Swan River to the Indian Ocean, Perth is the sort of paradise most of us only get to dream of. ...

The Triffids: The Black Swan

Review by Martin Aston, Q, May 1989

THE FIFTH full-length and second major-label album from The Triffids will inevitably receive acclaim from the critical ranks as a multi-faceted alternative to Australia's pub-circuit ...

The Triffids' David McComb

Interview by Toby Creswell, Juice, 1994

THE DAVID MCCOMB who left Perth with his band the Triffids was still a very young man. Even at those first gigs in the East, ...

The Triffids: Hell of a Summer

Book Excerpt by David Cavanagh, 'Love is the Drug' (Penguin), 1994

HAILING FROM Perth, Western Australia, the five (later six)-piece Triffids lived in London for much of 1984-5 and were part of a brief musical wave ...

Prehistoric Sounds: In Search of an Australian Rock'n'Roll

Overview by Mark Mordue, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 28 December 2004

I'VE STARTED writing this story a hundred different ways and every time I think I might be getting somewhere I end up stumbling across some ...

Day Of The Triffids

Report and Interview by Jenny Valentish, The Australian Times, June 2006

Legendary perth band The Triffids are being hauled out of retirement by rabid fans. Guitarist Graham Lee tells Jenny Valentish how he's "lying awake at ...

The Triffids: Still Growing Strong

Interview by Jenny Valentish, Australian Guitar, September 2006

Evil Graham Lee brought a ripe swoon to The Triffids' music with his pedal steel guitar. Now, seventeen years after their split, he's witnessing a ...

The Triffids: Album By Album

Guide by Andrew Mueller, Uncut, April 2010

WHEN FRONTMAN David McComb died in 1999, aged 36, from heroin toxicity, it might have been expected that the band's reputation would dwindle. ...


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