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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”. Tidal was influenced by mid-90s emo and hardcore bands but quickly moved beyond the narrow scene limitations.

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, spitting out its members in all directions, be it Brazil, Indonesia, Cuba or Guatemala. Tidal played a reunion show in 2013 and after that they all went on with their grownup lives, some raising families, all making a living one way or another. We still fondly think back to the wild and exciting times Tidal gave us. Maybe you, reading this, do too, so thank you.


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