Trampolene – ‘Swansea To Hornsey’ (Mi7 Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 19 January 2018 04:20

Trampolene artworkLocal lads go for it big time…


Heading out to support the super gob front bloke from Oasis isn't a bad gig to get, to be fair, and no doubt will make people sit up and take notice of Swansea's swaggering hoodlums Trampolene.  The one thing you'll pick up straight from the off is the attitude these guys have in abundance: it would appear they really don't give two fucks about my opinion - or yours, for that matter.  They marry pop-sensible melodies and harmonies with an altogether grittier sound, and have been absorbing everything they read and listen to by the looks of it.


Kicking off with some sixth form poetry from Jack Jones, it sort of sets this record up very nicely indeed. Stop sniggering at the back: we all kept these lists, didn't we? Yeah, I bet you didn't.  Anyway, onto the music and 'Imagine Something Yesterday' starts things off in a more restrained vibe, perhaps embracing your more indie sound, with some great harmonies and a great arrangement on the breakdown. 


After easing you in gently, 'Alcohol Kiss' is bombastic and spikey in delivery.  It also shows that this trio of upstarts can kick up a shit storm and play with the best of ‘em.  'Dreams So Rich Life So Poor' is a catchy fucker, and marries the best bits of the two previous songs.  To catch a breath, the acoustics are brought out for 'The Gangway', which shows a maturity and that the band isn't simply a one trick pony with attitude with some great lyrics.


'Ketamine' is another poetic interlude about not the happiest of drug choices but it’s out there: Zamo might have something to say about endorsing a horse tranquilizer (not that that's what’s being said here)… remember kids - Just say no! 



'Primrose Hill' is something of a hard rock workout on the intro - one that Thin Lizzy would be proud of - as the band let the volume do the talking.  Taking a leaf out of the studio where this was recorded book, 'The Boy That Life Forgot' reminds me of Ray Davies… maybe his spirit found its way into the intro of this one. I love the way this straddles the piano-driven balladry, and then the wild schizoid louder parts: why follow structures? Great song.


'Beautiful Pain' is an altogether gentler song, and shows a warmth and a frailty and an ability to pen fantastic songs that ebb and flow really well.  The world is theirs for the taking, and if they can keep on keeping on and writing great songs with great lyrics then it'll be a breeze.


'Already Older Than I Dreamed I'd Be' is a smoky late night come down. We all like pigeon holes for our music in order to feel more secure in what we are listening to, but the songs have influences old and new, and from all over the place, yet they manage to make a cohesive noise that just works so well, going from the softly spoken guitar and voice on 'Blue Balls And A Broken Heart' to the volume overload of 'Storm Heaven' and all its controlled feedback strut, before signing off with 'Poundland' and its ugly beautiful poetic observations. 


'Swansea To Hornsey' will make you laugh, cry, jump and dance. It'll also light a fire for your love of rock and roll it's not afraid to try something different and be a big bold loud rock band either. It's equally as comfortable with poems and ballads. From the cheeky album cover and imagery through its poems, you'll be doing justice to your nan’s Christmas vouchers if you use them well and pick up a copy of this. 


'Swansea To Hornsey' is out now. You can get your copy HERE.


Trampolene play Scala in London in Wednesday 9 May.


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