Chris T-T

Chris T-T

Though he hasn’t crossed over into the mainstream Chris T-T’s influence as an underground artist can be felt in the music of the folk scene that has recently come to the forefront of the radio, such as his friend Frank Turner. In 1997, Chris’ first solo gig was opening for the indie legends Hefner that was closely followed by debut album ‘Beatverse’, which brought him accolades from press and radio, most importantly BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq who played ‘Shit From All Angles’ on his first show of the new millennium. His second single ‘Dreaming Of Injured Popstars’ made a big impression on the UK underground scene, due to its notably vicious, sarcastic lyrics describing named pop stars of the day being brutally injured in different ways. 'Dreaming Of Injured Popstars' received strong specialist radio, press and fanzine support, enabling T-T to tour the UK as a headline act for the first time. He gained very positive live reviews in NME and Melody Maker and appeared live on Steve Lamacq's Radio 1 Evening Session to perform a five song acoustic set.

Chris’ music has been characterised by his use of sarcastic, biting humour, such as ‘Eminem Is Gay’, a style of songwriting that has had repercussions on the present music topography. In 2005, he released 9 Red Songs, a folk album of overtly political protest songs. 9 Red Songs was comparatively overlooked by the press, however it became T-T's most widely heard work, gaining an exceptional level of viral grass-roots support. Songs from this album are still performed by other artists and have become standard festival campfire material, such as the a capella 'M1 Song' and the self-critical 'Preaching To The Converted'. In particular 'The Huntsman Comes A-Marchin', which criticises the British pro-hunting organisation Countryside Alliance, is remarkably well-known. He has performed alongside the likes of The National, British Sea Power, KT Tunstall and Elbow.

In March 2010 Xtra Mile Recordings released T-T's seventh album Love Is Not Rescue, a quieter, more introspective tone than T-T's previous work and focuses on personal themes. He has called it his “Divorce record, except I didn’t get divorced”. Chris T-T continues to promote Love Is Not Rescue and recently released the E.P. 'Words Fail Me' was released on April 25, 2011. T-T has finished an album of improvised piano instrumentals which is planned for a release some time in 2011.