Emerging from roots in late 1990s lo-fi and London-centric psych-folk, Chris T-T first gained acclaim for sarcastic, city-obsessed urban alt/folk music, including attacks on mainstream artists such as Dreaming Of Injured Popstars and minor hit Eminem Is Gay. Later he developed into an influential figure of UK song, straddling punk, psych-pop and English folk, inspiring a generation of successful home-grown artists.
Chris has played shows around the world with artists such as Ben Folds, Elbow, The National, Frank Turner, Divine Comedy, Tom Robinson, Bellowhead, Walkmen, Delgados, British Sea Power, Carter USM, Robyn Hitchcock and many others. He’s been piano accompanist for Tom Robinson, Jim Bob (Carter USM) and Frank Turner.
He performed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square for Anthony Gormley’s One & Other project; re-soundtracked live cult Japanese film Battle Royale for The Halloween Society at Soho’s Other Cinema and composed music on commission for the World Health Organisation and Natural History Museum.
A veteran of online activism, in 2010 Chris instigated the #IAmSpartacus global Twitter meme. Many of his satirical and political memes have gone viral in recent years.
In 2011, Chris took his one-man show Disobedience to Edinburgh Fringe, singing new versions of A.A. Milne’s 1920s childrens’ poems. In 2012, his blog entry criticising the Olympics Closing Ceremony, Not Just Shit But Dangerous brought 65,000 readers to this site in two days.
In March 2015 Chris released a duo album of covers with folk singer Gill Sandell, Walk Away Walk Away and joined radical rock’n’roll group Thee Cee Cees as lead singer on their debut album Solution Songs.
In June 2016 Xtra Mile Recordings will release 9 Green Songs, Chris T-T’s 10th solo album and fourth for the label.