Trike goes into exile overseas
There’s a new chapter in the epic saga of quasi Vancouverites Trike. The toy-store electro-pop duo of Stephen Taylor and Xania Keane started making an impression in these parts in 2007, partly due to an irresistible combination of slightly insane songs, tap-dancing, and random spankings. A 75-date European tour followed. Now it looks like Trike’s latest six-month European expedition has become permanent. “Berlin has worked its magic on us,” keyboardist-vocalist Taylor told the Straight, calling from Aarhus, Denmark. “Canada is our home, but it’s going through a bit of a right-wing, bureaucratic, anti-art phase right now, which would make it next to impossible to live as artists.”
Taylor and Keane have been recording a new album in Denmark, with Taylor promising, “You can expect a lot of nods to the ’80s, handclaps, laser sounds, tap-dancing, and overall a bit of a mixed-tape feel.” Boutique Belgian label Cheap Satanism Records will handle the release overseas, and Taylor is pledging a “wee tour” that should bring Trike back to Vancouver next year. Meanwhile, a scheduled homecoming show on December 3 has been scrapped.