Do you ever get the comparison blues? Oh man X sounds like Y who most definitely ripped off Z. Especially when it's fucking true. Sadly in the world of indie journalism the 'band name synonym tool' certainly gets used more often in music description than not. So when I first listened to Trudy's Behave and heard The Libertines, I thought "oh no here were go again"! But then I realised that I was wrong. Here's the T to the R to the U D Y I'm wrong.
The Libertines. That was my first impression. It's difficult not to the way the guitar works throughout their music. It's like you can hear the final chord ghost of What Katie Did haunting its way into each song. Or maybe it's the solos. Or even the way the guitar acts during the drop chorus. It's familiar, but then the voice enters, a fantastic soft, pondering tone which steals it all back...until hey; what Trudy say stands - "gonna be our own thing Dawg". And they're right.
"I remember stealing the guitar melody from something my dad always played in the garden. I added to it in a hundred different places, and remember getting really excited about the chorus when I was looking after my Dads picture framers whilst he was away on holiday. The guy in the unit next door would come in and tell me he could hear cats screaming. There were no cats in the picture framers. I finished the song at home".
Drunk. That's how some people have described the new Trudy record Behave. But we take an alternative D. DONE and DOWN, when the record is finished and mixed down, that's when Trudy have a little play with fresh ideas. The very same ideas which have brought Bill Ryder Jones and Trudy together for this rather fruitful new record. The true sound is a relaxed indie rock and roll maturity which contains lovely magic moog, guitar plink and doo wop 'oohhs'. Watch for the stand out syncopation and counterpoint vocal harmonies.
WHY? Because Trudy are a good innocent band, meaning they are playing good solid music, with some nice themes and catchy hooks. The collaboration of interesting instrumentation and strong vocals certainly stand out, and in fact make them different. You can hear other bands there, but in terms of a true comparison, there isn't one. That's why. Listen to Behave below, and be sure to check out their other melodies too.
Trudy Behave 7/10
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