10 Bands With Only 3 Members

My top 10 indie three-piece bands

Most bands have more than three members but these 10 trios prove that you can make a big bang with a only three members.

Beastie Boys were originally a four-piece punk band before transitioning to hip hop. They’re one of the best selling hip hop groups of all time and made history in 1987 when Licensed to Ill was the first rap album to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.


 

Chvrches have released only one album so far and have already gained a huge following worldwide. Iain Cook was producing an album for Lauren Mayberry’s previous band when he asked her to sing on some demos for his new project with Martin Doherty. The three of them decided to start a band after those demos turned out to be really good.


 

Nirvana only released three albums but are unarguably one of the biggest rock bands of all time selling more than 75 million records worldwide.


 

The Rural Alberta Advantage are Toronto locals who formed after hosting a poorly attended open mic night at a bar on Parliament Street called The Winchester. Their new album Mended with Gold is out September 30th.


 

Alt-J were a 4 piece band until Gwil Sainsbury left earlier this year. Their debut album “An Awesome Wave” won the Mercury Prize in 2012 and the follow up “This Is All Yours” comes out in September.


 

Run DMC are considered one of the most influential hip hop acts and were only the second to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.


 

Muse are on another level when it comes to the complexity and orchestrations of their music. Whether you are a fan or not of their gigantic arena-style rock, you have to have respect for them as musicians.


 

Biffy Clyro’s sound has changed a bit since their formation almost 20 years ago. Despite the tweaks they still have the original three member line up.


 

Foster the People released their debut album in 2011 and the lead single “Pumped Up Kicks” became one of the best selling records of 2011. It went #1 in multiple countries around the world.


 

Rush might not fit under the same umbrella as the rest of the bands on this list but they are respected and loved worldwide, and they’re from Toronto. They’ve been together for over 45 years and sold over 40 million records