Sitting in my inbox for a little while, apologies for the delay of this review of the US fuzz-rock ensemble Trunkweeds’ new seven track LP – Trunkweed Live, Man which came out on the 14th.
Trunkweed – Trunkweek Live, Man – artwork
On Your Own opens the album and I just know this article is going to take a while to write as I find myself bouncing around the room with no interest in the keyboard as the infectious boisterous enthusiasm of the trio injects itself immediately into the listener in just under three minutes of pure bliss.
Changing mood and moment follows Youth Society, which finds Trunkweed exploring a more melodic style, though don’t expect to find a symphony to accompany the lo-fi garage rock, which remains subsumed behind pacey distortion.
Next up is Chumped that pulls in a powerful bass and percussion that ploughs its way into the limbs and if you are still seated by this point in the LP, you are listening to the wrong version of Trunkweed Live, Man.
Marking the half-way stage is the longest track, that trips for just over four minutes Acid At Sixteen which much like the title suggests finds the trio at a slower pace and allows for time to mop a profusely perspiring brow. The track is of different texture to what has preceded as Trunkweed allows the guitar to become the shoegazey showcase of the composition.
Opening the second half of Trunkweed Live, Man is Daze Of Haze, which raises the tempo again, though retains the more psychedelic feel of the preceding track.
Waves…Wait What? is my pick of the release as Trunkweed highlight a clear-cut drum on a tight skin along with, unusually, only half distorted instrumentation whilst the voices remains just out of reach, giving them the opportunity to invest the track with a fascinating range of texture.
Closing out the LP which to put it simply, isn’t long enough and results in another play-through immediately, is the track used to introduce the band earlier this year – Death After Life.
Trunkweed Live, Man is available on bandcamp and an LP to add to your collection.
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