Trudy and the Romance’s latest EP bends time and unleashes a conglomeration of cartoon inspired 50’s nostalgia.
The Liverpudlian trio will see Junkyard Jazz EP released into the wild to attack the ears of awaiting masses this Friday, 17th November, via B3SCI records. Having racked up quite a following already with almost 1.5 million plays on Spotify, the boys have also earned themselves recognition from the more critical end of the spectrum, receiving air time from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens & Phil Taggart, 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq (as Featured Artist Of The Week) and recording sessions with Bill Ryder Jones and Spring King’s Tarek Musa. After releasing a 7” via B3SCI, they performed packed-out shows at both ends of the country for The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City.
The appropriately named ‘Seashore Overture’ kicks things off with satisfyingly gooey organs and guitars, whilst maintaining a fresh, exposed feeling as crisp as the sea breeze; not necessarily innovating, but extremely refreshing nonetheless.
Memorable ‘woah’s and oh’s’ edging near to crooner frequencies open up the already well known ‘Twist It, Shake It. Rock & Roll’, filling it with addictive Beatles pop sensibility. The first line of lyrics proceed to present an interesting medium to curiosity, creating space for interpretation: “Are you sure she’s not the son of a whore?”
‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ if we could have some ‘Good Vibrations’ just like the old days? That’s exactly what Trudy and the Romance have done on ‘Junkyard Cat’ with their Beach Boys-meets-melancholy riff, providing this gem with a slightly more artistic flavour. Evocative accordion lines redolent of childhood trips to the beach supply the track with subtle phrasing, flowing like a river of champagne within the contrasting banks of dark overtones.
Taking a more indie approach, where the melodies aren’t the main attraction but more the whole fairground, ‘Ruff Ryder’ portrays the bands versatility superbly whilst keeping within the EP’s artistic framework. Written by Lewis Rollinson (Bass) as a potential
homewrecker, it issues an excitingly “trashy” prospect brought on by excellent musicianship.
To bring this fantastic EP to an end, ‘Is There A Place I Can Go’ goes all out love and unfortunately does not live up to the standards of previous tracks with its monotonous, tedious feel, lacking in variety and melodic qualities. The band say it “is a love song about family, friends and coming of age in the new world. It’s a juvenile ballad using all the spank & tools we had to make the biggest bang.”
Overall, whilst the slightly uninspired vocal melodies of Junkyard Jazz bring it down a notch from an impossible feat of absolute perfection, it still serves as a testament to what can be simply be described as great music.
Speaking about the EP, the band say: “I can’t say what cultural relevance we have right now but it’s just one of them where you can listen to us in your bedroom or go to a gig and escape. We’re bringing the theatre and the show, it’s really over the top, we get dressed up in our suits and everyone has a great time.”
“The songs follow Little Johnny and his love for his high school sweetheart who disappears. He performs with his band, The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen and must get from the blue world to the new world. It’s about conquering the Sandman who forever taunts him with the mutated memory of a Sandgirl.”
‘Junkyard Jazz’ is out November 17th via B3SCI Records. Tracklist is as follows:
1. Seashore Overture
2. Twist It, Shake It. Rock & Roll
3. Junkyard Cat
4. Ruff Ryder
5. Is There A Place I Can Go
Upcoming tour dates:
14. MANCHESTER, Gullivers
15. LEEDS, The Lending Room
16. BIRMINGHAM, Sunflower Lounge
26. London, The Lexington