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Up at 4 A​.​M. (The Definitive Version)

by Tired of Triangles

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No Alibi 01:41
Ophelia 03:12


Some context, if you’re keen…

In early 2015, after years of not playing guitar in any regular sense, I got back in the game — in the comfort of my own home at least — and hatched the idea of making music under the name Tired of Triangles. (The name isn't a reference to love triangles, or a euphemism for, ahem, _something else_, but rather is about the overabundance of triangles that seemed to have been popping up in graphic design and the culture at large at the time.) This was over a decade and a half after I had played in various bands in the greater Milwaukee area as a teenager and ran the Beeshu Records label. This was a small and short-lived imprint notable for being the first label other than Hospital Productions to release a recording by noise artist Prurient, then just starting out but now a household name in experimental music circles. Toward the tail end of this early concentrated period of band activity that lasted until my early twenties, I got more entrenched in cinephilia and filmmaking, and playing music became less and less of a priority until it pretty much stopped. So when Tired of Triangles began in Southwest Florida in the middle of the twenty-tens, there was a learning curve as I became acclimated to my main instrument again and tried to wrap my head around new gear and the world of digital recording, which I wasn’t well versed in.

About a year later, after a good amount of futzing about, Tired of Triangles emerged with a finished album, Up at 4 A.M., which was self-released as a download only on Bandcamp. Consisting of eight moody songs, each with its own palette, I intended for it to be the kind of music a person would put on in the middle of the night, having either stayed up “too late” or risen from bed ungodly early. To that end Up at 4 A.M. employs sparse vocals and treated minimalist guitar parts, exploring an at-first-groggy and kind of “dark” series of emotions, if we're being honest, before picking up mood-wise and ending with a somewhat lighter feel. Some of the themes and subjects expressed are: the shaking off of one’s haters (“You Can Let Go At Any Time, Champ”); what it’s like to be in a good state of mind (“On Being Well”); the joys of being a late night pedestrian (“Ped Loop Revisited”); the odd phenomenon of bands who use music to troll and intimidate others (“The Petty Trolls of Rock ’n’ Roll”); coming into some money if one’s grown used to not having much (“Pauper’s Windfall”); and an ode to my dog ("Song for Kaji"). The album also includes a stripped down Peter Hammill cover (“Ophelia”). Up at 4 A.M. was reasonably well received by my tiny cadre of friends and music nerds then and I considered it a decent step forward after many years of inactivity on the recording front.

Flash forward a bit, to the summer of 2017, and a new label Kaji-Pup Records emerged with the first Leila M. & Tired of Triangles 7”. In late winter of 2018, another 7” came out, this time a split between the aforementioned duo and Tired of Triangles, the latter musical concern now sounding more fleshed out if not maximalist, with more moving parts than before. In late spring of 2018, I began work on my first novel but lingering in the back of his mind was Kaji-Pup’s vague “one release per year” schedule. I decided that Up at 4 A.M. would finally see a physical format release, on CD. In the time since this debut was first issued, I'd grown a little more skilled at putting together better mixes and had acquired some better software than what I had started out with. So every track was retooled a tad and mixed down again, with a couple of overdubs added or replaced. The goal was to avoid altering the overall sound in a drastic way, so that the batch of songs wouldn't stray too far from their original feel, but also to make things as presentable as they could be given the material.

The result is the recording you have before you, Up at 4 A.M. (The Definitive Version). I hope you like it. 


released April 30, 2019

All songs written by Dave except “Ophelia” which was written by Peter Hammill, covered with permission from Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Guitars recorded at home by Dave in Florida.

Vocals recorded at Signature Sound Recording Studio by Michael W. Cohen.

Mastered by Margaret Luthar at Chicago Mastering Service.

Cover painting of Kaji the Dog by Will Radcliffe.

Up at 4 A.M. was originally released in May of 2016 on no label. It has been revamped here for Kaji-Pup's third release, with every track being remixed and a few parts being added or re-recorded in March of 2019. This is the definitive version of this particular set of songs --- accept no substitutes.


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Tired of Triangles

Tired of Triangles is a largely guitar-oriented musical concern based in Florida. When it began, circa 2015, there seemed to be an overabundance of triangles present in graphic design and the culture at large--hence the name.

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