Troy Von Balthazar, before working solo as TvB, became famous in the 90’s as the singer and songwriter of L.A./Hawaii cult band Chokebore. They toured all around the world, including 10 shows supporting Nirvana on their final tour, and released 5 LPs, landmarks in independant rock ‘s history.
His 4th studio album was recorded in Berlin and the South of France. He used a combination of an old Tascam 388, tape machine and Protools, a bunch of amazing guitar pedals, and vintage microphones.
It’s lo-fi songwriting and recording at it’s best, stream of consciousness music structures and powerful lyrics. The songs create a very distinct atmosphere that is really “The TvB sound”.
By the way, TvB was born in Hawaii and used to be a skateboarder, but now lives between California and Berlin, where you could see him ride his bike, en danseuse.