Chris T-T is a London-based (and London-obsessive) songwriter who has released 3 low budget albums in the UK, on small indie label Snowstorm. 'The 253' came out here late 2001 and was critically acclaimed by British press. The Sunday Times made it Top 5 Record Of The Year and Time Out London made it a Critics' Choice for 6 consecutive weeks. Q Magazine said T-T has "a knack for making the mundane seem joyous - the ramshackle charm of Badly Drawn Boy with the observational wit of Jarvis Cocker" and NME said of his full-band live show: "a wry smile, a white knuckle ride. Chris T-T mixes a damned compulsive rock cocktail."
Chris T-T sounds like Robyn Hitchcock or Billy Bragg fronting Television or Sebadoh, except with added folk bits. He blends English storytelling (and oddball subject matter - check out the song about an injured hedgehog's religious epiphany) with passionate American rock'n'roll dynamics. He's fiercely political, often willfully silly (the album includes a tribute to beer) and conjures vivid images.
It's worth looking out for T-T. Although he's never visited the US, he's planning two trips in the next 9 months, visiting both coasts. There will also be a further album release - we're about to hear his 4th, called 'London Is Sinking', on this side of the Atlantic, which means you should get it in dollars before the end of 2003.