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Tidal was a trip. Formed by five teenagers in 1999 in order to escape the boredom of provincial life, Tidal would soon rise to unexpected heights, releasing records, touring through most of Europe and even South America.

Much like the tides that gave the band its name, Tidal combined opposites within their dynamic music. Moody and quiet instrumental parts build up into tsunamic waves, finally exploding, as Timeout Deluxe, opening tune of their third LP “Abraxas” puts it, “to a thousand pieces”. Were one to put a label on Tidal’s genre-defying music, it might be christened to the likes of “Screamo Prog”.

Intensity was not just at home in Tidal’s music. Argentinian kids banging their heads on the floor to “Das Sein und das Nichts Teil zwei” in Mar Del Plata, Tidal playing in Sisak, Croatia as the first foreign act since the civil war, the Spanish police shutting down an illegal concert in Santander after mere ten minutes, but also winter tour sickness and inner struggles on tour – Tidal meant extremes on many levels.

Having released three albums and two split EPs on vinyl and having played roughly 120 concerts worldwide, the band’s existence ended in 2005 with a bang, splitting out its members in all directions, be it Brazil, Indonesia, Cuba or Guatemala.


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