Band of the Day

2014.06.18

Trampolene

Squealing, scuzzy British rock with just the right amount of dangerous swagger
But now that I can see the light, life's no longer a fight.
lyrics from Under The Strobe Light

Welsh triumvirate TRAMPOLENE released a new limited edition 7” single, Alcohol Kiss, on April 28th through Mi7 Records. The single is accompanied by an iTunes only six track Pocket Album. The 7” single features Alcohol Kiss / Camden Mannequins / Pack Of Bastards and the unique six track digital Pocket Album includes the additional songs Foolish & Hungry / Red Sky Sings / Artwork of Youth.

Fresh from a series of recent headline shows, the band continue their working relationship with producer Josh Green at North London’s renowned studio Konk - regularly witnessing the band utilizing unused studio time to record. Alcohol Kiss, recorded earlier this year, with Josh at the helm and mixed by Cenzo Townsend (The Horrors, The Vaccines et al), has long been a live highlight and encapsulates the dynamics and power of the band.

The new single, follows two limited edition double A-sided 7” singles You Do Nothing For Me/Adrenaline (August), Under The Strobe Light / My Bourgeoisie Girl (November) and the free download only single, I Don’t Know, released via the bands website last month.

Not so long ago, Jack Jones (guitar, vocals), Wayne Thomas (bass, vocals) and Mr. Williams (drums, vocals) decamped from their native Swansea without a penny to share and move into a small flat in North London. In another age, bands used to do this all the time, using the dole as an unofficial Enterprise Allowance, ducking retraining interviews, jumping the barriers and running undetected into the rush-hour melee. But in increasingly straitened times, you’d have to be insane to take that sort of chance. Or absurdly idealistic. If you’ve met Trampolene’s Jack Jones, you’ll know which category he falls into. Having already conquered a bone tumour by the age of five, Jack has since successfully taken on Crohns Disease. Throughout the last ten years, the constant has been his extraordinary guitar playing and, latterly, his extraordinary stage presence.

When there’s no safety net, no trust fund, no Brit school bursary, there’s nothing to lose. When TRAMPOLENE take to the stage, they’re playing for their lives. The songs have never stopped coming, but each set has been gradually supplanted by a newer set of better songs: the amphetamine-spiked bubblegum of Alcohol Kiss; the demonic urgency of Under The Strobe Light; and the serrated powerpop of Imagine Something Yesterday. Trampolene’s friends back in Swansea thought that the group had let London get the better of them. In fact, Trampolene have been in self-imposed exile, honing their set week in and week out.

Occasionally, the odd moment of serendipity has come their way, giving them a glimpse of a world hitherto beyond dreams. A spot of casual work humping gear with The Strypes when they supported Paul Weller propelled Jack into the Modfather’s dressing room. “Do you play?” asked Weller, handing Jack a guitar. He replied with a note-perfect rendition of Davy Graham’s folk-guitar classic Angi.

TRAMPOLENE are: Jack Jones (vocals/guitar), Wayne Thomas (bass, vocals) and Mr. Williams (drums, vocals).