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Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17

Trampolene / Ravellas / We Three Kings

Jimmy's, Manchester, UK

9th November 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Trampolene Jimmys Intro Nov 17Tonight Trampolene are playing Jimmy’s as they head towards the end of their brief UK tour in support of their stunning debut album, From Swansea To Hornsey, before they head out on arena shows next month supporting Liam Gallagher on his UK tour, and The Libertines in the faded grandeur of the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool. The combination of the critical acclaim that From Swansea To Hornsey has received, and the exposure that the forthcoming stadium shows will generate may well mean that this is the last time we’ll see Trampolene playing intimate venues like Jimmy’s, so of course The Punk Site is here to mark the occasion. Tonight Trampolene are playing a This Feeling show, something that always guarantees a good showcase of talent, that tonight includes local acts We Three Kings and Ravellas, and that the party will go on long after the bands have left the stage.

Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 We Three KingsFirst up tonight at Jimmy’s are local act We Three Kings who unleash a distorted and energised set of heavy blues influenced garage rock. From their opening track, Momma Said, they carry the proto punk vibe of the bands that emerged from the sixties leaner and heavier and who paved the way for the punk explosion that was to follow just a few years later. We Three Kings lay down an impressive opening set of fuzzed up heavy garage rock that for me bridges the sonic gap between the MC5 and the Queens Of The Stone Age, and it’s one that steadily and deservedly draws the crowd down into the basement at Jimmy’s.

Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 RevellasNext up is Ravellas, the Wigan based outfit bring a sleazy rock ‘n roll influenced indie vibe to the evening that carries the spirit of The Libertines, something that means they are a well chosen support act for tonight’s show, and they deliver an anthemic and attitude laden set that recalls a provincial Mancunian interpretation of the early days of The Arctic Monkeys, along with the often forgotten Little Man Tate. They’ve bought a solid local following with them that hasn’t just contributed to the tonight’s show being completely sold out, it’s added a heady and hedonistic element to the atmosphere that is building ahead of the headlining set by Trampolene.
 
Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 1But the reason almost everyone is here is for the return of Trampolene to Manchester, I caught them last year and they certainly made an impression on me and now with their freshly released debut full length under their belts, and with major support slots next month, the world would seem to be at their feet. Their appearance is preceded by the spoken word piece Artwork Of Youth and as it’s playing Trampolene make their way through the packed venue to the stage. Jack Jones, for reasons best known to himself, is clad in a hi vis jacket and they kick off into a frantic and chaotic set that sets the tone for an impressive headlining set from Wales’ brightest hope that leans heavily on their freshly released album.
 
Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 2Trampolene deliver a perfect set of their shambolic punk rock, for me tracks like Alcohol Kiss were born to be played live where they’re stripped down to the trios punk roots, this track gets an impromptu singalong from the delirious crowd packed into Jimmy’s that lasts way beyond the song, and as a result it’s never sounded better. The first time I encountered Trampolene I got the feeling that this was a band that as well as escaping their past, was heading to greater things and tonight’s show at Jimmy’s only enforces that opinion as they’re a captivating live act for all the right reasons. From their chaotic punk rock to the kitchen sink poetry that punctuates their set, including their ode to Ketamine, Trampolene are a band unlike anyone on the live scene at the moment. Their set is punctuated midway by an impromptu happy birthday to one of their diehard fans, and by calls for prescription and non prescription drugs from the band and the hi vis jacket is finally discarded in the face of furnace like temperatures. 
 
Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 3A further call for what to play next is met with numerous suggestions to which Jack Jones responds ‘now I’m going to fuck you all off with one of my own songs’ and they launch into The Gangway before closing with Storm In Heaven, their long time live favourite that finally got its studio release on their debut full length, and there’s no way any other track would have been appropriate to close tonight’s show. By the end of the set Jack Jones is hanging from the venues exposed pipework and a stage invasion has taken place, as much as is possible in the confines of Jimmy’s, which ensures a chaotic end to Trampolene’s set, and if you weren’t here you missed out. Trampolene embrace the chaos that accompanied the best punk bands and there’s a self deprecating humour that’s present throughout their set that is strangely endearing, quite why Jack Jones chose to play this tour of intimate and inevitably sweaty clubs wearing an insulated hi vis jacket is anyone’s guess, but this has been a theme for the tour and if something isn’t broken then there’s no reason to fix it. 
 
Trampolene Jimmys Nov 17 4Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here, and you can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images
 
Trampolene‘s website can be found here
 
The Punk Site review of From Swansea To Hornsey can be read here
 
The Ravellas Facebook page is here
 
We Three Kings website can be found here
 
This Feeling‘s website is located here
 
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Trampolene

Swansea To Hornsey

Mi7 Records / Pledge Music
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Trampolene are set to release their debut album, Swansea To Hornsey, on October 27th via Mi7 Records and Pledge Music. The album includes many of their recent singles, but rather than just populating the album with their previous releases and singles, there are new mixes and versions of the tracks, something that demonstrates Trampolene‘s commitment to the fans. As with any release by the Welsh trio there are spoken word tracks from Jack Jones, whose critically acclaimed poetry has even gained praise from the punk poet himself, Dr. John Cooper Clarke.

Swansea To Hornsey opens with Portrait Of Youth, a spoken word retrospective of Jack Jones‘ youth that celebrates the escape from small town anonymity. From the first chords of Imagine Something Yesterday you know this is classic Trampolene, featuring Jack Jones biting lyricism and a charged indie punk soundtrack, this track bleeds into the stunning Alcohol Kiss that brings a punky burst of driving energy into the mix. Swansea To Hornsey is a stunning debut full length that constantly twists and turns, from the driving fuzzed out bass of You Do Nothing For Me, through the tender The Boy That Life Forgot and the anthemic Beautiful Pain, to the dark live favourite, Storm Heaven. Every single track on From Swansea To Hornsey carries the energy and uniqueness of Trampolene‘s live shows, from searing punk energy, through heartfelt moments to brief interludes of poignant kitchen sink poetry, which result in a unique and near perfect debut album

Trampolene embrace the early incendiary days of both the Manic Street Preachers and The Libertines without being derivative of either band, but those two bands are comparable as they also carried the mix of biting socially aware poetic lyrics that are coupled with a unique punk inspired soundtrack, and this is exactly what Trampolene have delivered with their stunning debut album. Swansea To Hornsey is released ahead of a series of headline dates that precede prestigious support slots with Cabbage, The Libertines and Liam Gallagher, which confirms my long held suspicions that Trampolene are all set to move forward, and that this may well be your last chance to catch Trampolene at a intimate club show.

Swansea To Hornsey can be pre-ordered via Pledge Music here and via iTunes here

Trampolene‘s website can be found here

Trampolene To Release New Single ‘The Boy That Life Forgot’

Trampolene TBTLFTrampolene will release a new single, The Boy That Life Forgot, on Friday 8th December, the single is taken from their debut album, Swansea To Hornsey, that is due to be released on October 27th. Trampolene will also be touring over the next few months, including shows with The Libertines, Liam Gallagher and Cabbage. You can pre-order Swansea To Hornsey via Pledge Music here

You can stream The Boy That Life Forgot here

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Trampolene Announced As Support for Liam Gallagher

Trampolene Promo Aug 17Trampolene have been announced as special guests with Liam Gallagher on five sold-out arena shows in December, In the run up to the arena dates Trampolene will be playing headline shows as well as dates with The Libertines and Cabbage. The band have also made the track Artwork Of Youth, that is taken from their debut album Swansea To Hornsey, available now when you pre-order the album ahead of it’s release date on 27th October.

You can pre-order Swansea To Hornsey via Pledge Music here and via iTunes here

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Trampolene To Release Debut Album ‘Swansea To Hornsey’

Trampolene Promo Aug 17Trampolene will release their debut album Swansea To Hornsey on October 27th through Mi7 Records. The album includes new mixes of the singles Alcohol Kiss, The Gangway, You Do Nothing For Me, Imagine Something Yesterday and Beautiful Pain. Trampolene have composed a clutch of extraordinary songs that speak of the ordinary existential struggle of a stony broke dreamer armed only with a loud guitar and an overdue library book.

Swansea To Hornsey can be pre-ordered via Pledge Music here and via iTunes here

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Trampolene Release The ‘Beautiful Pain’ EP

Trampolene BPTrampolene have revealed two new videos, Beautiful Pain and Saving My Life In A&E, both tracks are taken from the Beautiful Pain EP that was released on the 7th July. Beautiful Pain is about the desperate hope, crushing pain and the heart mangling joy of falling in love, whilst Saving My Life In A&E is a party political broadcast on behalf of the Trampolene Party, a heartfelt poem dedicated to the NHS. The EP also features She Sits With Me and a passionate rendition of The Smith‘s classic Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.

The Beautiful Pain EP is now available via iTunes here and Spotify here

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Trampolene Release Title Track From ‘Beautiful Pain’ EP

Trampolene BPSwansea city rockers TRAMPOLENE are set to continue to deliver their unique combination of garage rock, kitchen-sink poetry and acoustic heartbreakers with their release a new four track EP, Beautiful Pain, on Friday the 7th July.  The title song is now available now when you pre-order the Beautiful Pain EP from iTunes, the track is about the desperate hope, crushing pain and the heart mangling joy of falling in love, Mills & Boon it ain’t.
 
You can pre-order the Beautiful Pain EP via iTunes here and stream the title track here
 
You can view Trampolene‘s tour dates below

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Peter Doherty

Hamburg Demonstrations

BMG / Clouds Hill
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Peter Doherty has released his new solo album, Hamburg Demonstrations, through BMG/Clouds Hill today, Friday the 2nd December. The Libertines frontman has had a busy year, in addition to releasing his sophomore solo album, he has toured South America with The Libertines, completed a solo tour of the UK and has just finished a tour of France with his new band, The Puta Madres, including two sold out nights at the Bataclan, the venue where the massacre of innocent concert goers occurred just over twelve months ago. So given his past experiences, both personally, and as a member of The Libertines, what does Peter Doherty‘s sophomore solo release have to offer?

Kolly Kibber opens the Hamburg Demonstrations in a mellow style with a delicate acoustic touch that builds to a satisfying chorus, whilst the following two tracks, Down For The Outing and Birdcage, carry a more primitive feel that’s akin to a contemporary version of the kinks. For me the highlights of this album are at the mid-point, Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven is a track written after the Paris attacks, appropriately this number carries a distinctly European feel about it’s delivery, and Flags Of The Old Regime which is dedicated to Amy Winehouse, this poignant soulful track, that is dedicated to his lost love, is one that is obviously tinged with regrets and sadness. The whole album is laid back in it’s delivery, with Only A Spy In The House Of Love picking up the pace to anything approaching The Libertines livelier recordings. The fact that he has recruited a talented backing band in the Puta Madres, including Trampolene‘s Jack Jones, helps give a feel to the material that moves it away from being a mellower take on The Libertines sound.

There’s an unmistakable echo of The Libertines about this album, but that isn’t the end of the story, he has added his own experiences and style to this laid back offering. Peter Doherty is undoubtedly a survivor, his self destructive tendencies have been well documented over the years so I’m not going to dwell on them here, but they have clearly influenced his songwriting, most notably on the heart rending Flags Of The Old Regime. This isn’t a recreation of former glories, yes it’s clearly influenced by them, but this is an album where he has taken things in his own direction, and built on the promising material on his debut album, Grace/Wasteland, that proves that there’s still life in the original Libertine.

You can order Hamburg Demonstrations here

Trampolene Release Pocket Album No. 5 ‘Divided Kingdom’

trampolene-pocket-album-5TRAMPOLENE release their new five track mini album, Pocket Album Five – Divided Kingdom, today, Friday the 25th November. Trampolene‘s singer and guitarist, Jack Jones, is also lead guitarist in Peter Doherty‘s touring band, The Puta Madres, who are currently touring in France, having played two sell out shows at the Bataclan in Paris last week.  Jack Jones is also performing a solo support slot on the tour, which arrives in the UK for two shows at London O2 Academy on the 6th December and Manchester Albert Hall on the 7th December.
 
You order Divided Kingdom via iTunes and view the video for the title track below

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Trampolene / Proletariat / Mantras

Gullivers, Manchester, UK

29th October 2016
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Tonight Gullivers, renamed Ghoullivers for the Halloween weekend, is hosting an impressive four band bill of up and coming talent from across the UK, it comprises two local acts, Proletariat and Altar Flowers, Brighton’s Mantras and from across the Welsh border we have Trampolene. The bar is bedecked with cobwebs and it’s good to see Chucky is helping out behind the bar, the Halloween weekend see’s Gullivers, sorry Ghoullivers, packed out with it’s regulars, those who are celebrating Halloween and the respectable crowd who have turned out for tonight’s show.

mantras-gullivers-oct-16-1Brighton’s Mantras are first on the bill tonight, they channel the last two decades of indie music, importantly they have their own character and bring a heavier edge to the music, which is something that lifts them above a lot of the bands that carry these influences. Their vocalist has a fine voice that is reminiscent of Tim Booth, the lead singer from James, whilst they wear their influences on their sleeves, they avoid the trap of copying the bands that came before them, which is something I all too often with bands that are influenced by the likes of Oasis and The Stone Roses.

mantras-gullivers-oct-16-2Mantras carry that swagger that the bands that influenced them carried, alongside their original material they include a rocked up cover of Fatboy Slim‘s Praise You in their set, this works a hell of a lot better than it has any right to. Mantras sparky upbeat set of indie tunes has made a damn fine start to this Halloween weekend showcase, but their best is saved for the finale of their set. Their final number carries a touch of punkier energy and it marks the end to an impressive opening set by this Brighton quartet that are on the eve of releasing their debut EP.

proletariat-gullivers-oct-16-1Manchester’s Proletariat, not to be confused with the Boston hardcore legends The Proletariat, are next up, they are a new set of punk upstarts and are a welcome addition to Manchester’s forty year history of producing punk bands that bring something new to the genre. Proletariat channel the second wave of punk bands from late 1970’s punk rock, vocally there are similarities to the delivery of The Fall‘s Mark E. Smith when that band were at their peak but musically they are pure grass roots DIY punk rock,

proletariat-gullivers-oct-16-2Proletariat include a cover of The Stooges classic I Wanna Be Your Dog in their set, which is a somewhat unsurprising inclusion for a new band, less expected was a reverb heavy version of Nancy Sinatra‘s Bang Bang, these two covers were played alongside a set of self penned material. Proletariat have a played a contemporary take on the original grass roots spirit of punk rock and I’m looking forward to hearing the new material they’ll be recording early in 2017. This is only their third live outing but already their performance indicates that they are band to watched carefully, the crowd’s reaction to their set indicates that I am not alone in thinking this.

trampolene-gullivers-oct-16-1Both of tonight’s bands so far have overrun which mean welsh trio Trampolene take to the stage later than planned, they start with a tale of someone trying to sell them Ketamine outside the venue, they deliver a spoken word piece around this theme before they launch into a fuzzy bass driven set that encompasses the material from the four Pocket Album‘s that have been released to date. Trampolene up the energy levels further with Alcohol Kiss which appropriately seems to summon a good section of the crowd who have been queuing for drinks in the packed bar downstairs.

trampolene-gullivers-oct-16-2Trampolene are the only band that have a visual accompaniment, their set is played to a backdrop of projections from vintage horror and sci-fi movies which suits the Halloween vibe of the weekend perfectly. Every song is played with an enthusiasm and reckless abandon that makes them a band that is impossible to ignore. In addition to their established material they introduce new material into the set which given the prolific nature of their releases, they have released four Pocket Album‘s in approximately two years, comes as no surprise.

trampolene-gullivers-oct-16-3They channel punk energy and combine this with poetry and stripped down emotional numbers, a break in their set reflects this side of the band and allows for the inclusion of a few quieter numbers, including a heart rending rendition of The Smiths’ Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want. I don’t think there’s anyone out there quite like Trampolene at the moment, they have an approach that straddles the last four decades of alternative music, and for me this is a band that at this moment in time seem to be at the peak of the powers and I recommend catching this powerful and unique Welsh trio live if you can.

Sadly due to the all of the tonight’s bands significantly overrunning, which could lead to the imminent clamping of my car, I miss the final band of the line up, Altar Flowers, and I have already made plans to catch up with them later this year.  What Double Denim promotions have provided tonight is a stunning and varied line up of four bands at an intimate venue in the heart of Manchester, all of this was on offer was the price of a pint and a packet of peanuts, apart from the line up overrunning I would really struggle find with fault with tonight’s show at Gullivers, if Double Denim bring one of their live events to your home town I’d recommend heading down as they are promoting some of the best new bands out there.

Photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here, you can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

Mantras Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp is here

The Proletariat‘s Facebook page is here and their Soundcloud page is here

Trampolene‘s website can be found here

Altar Flowers Facebook page is here and their website is here

Gullivers website can be found here

Double Denim’s website is here

Trampolene To Release ‘Pocket Album Five’

trampolene-divided-kingdomSwansea city rockers Trampolene, who continue to deliver electrical shockers with their unique combination of garage rock, kitchen sink poetry and acoustic heartbreakers, release a new five track mini album, Pocket Album Five, via Mi7 Records on Friday the 25th November. Pocket Album Number Five was recorded live at Ray Davies’ Konk Studios and it is the follow up to The Gangway. A new single, Divided Kingdom, is available now when you pre-order Pocket Album Five on iTunes.
 
Tour dates can be viewed below and Pocket Album Number Five can be ordered here

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Trampolene

The Gangway

Mi7 Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Trampolene are a trio who formed in the Welsh city of Swansea prior to their relocation to London. The Gangway is the fourth in the series of ‘Pocket Albums’ that they have released in their brief three year existence, in addition to this they have toured relentlessly, playing festival dates and headlining tours as well as supporting bands such as Buzzcocks, The Enemy and Carl Barat And The Jackals.

The Gangway EP opens with the title track, this is a laid back number that has a wistful and melancholy feel that eases you into the EP. After the mellow introduction we get Tom Hardy, this song adds a much needed shot of fuzzed up adrenaline to this release, this is a lively punky number that for me is the outstanding track from this EP. Next up is an upbeat cover of The Cure‘s Friday I’m In Love, enjoyable as this is it doesn’t surpass the original, but it is a more distorted and frantic interpretation . Letting You Down is a an acoustic number that brings to mind Johnny Thunders more introspective works, finally The Gangway ends with the spoken word piece, To Be A Libertine, that appropriately enough features contributions from The Libertines.

This doesn’t feel like an EP, it feels like a showcase for the diverse approaches that Trampolene encompass in their songwriting, from the punked up adrenaline surge of Tom Hardy to the Closing poem, To Be A Libertine, this is a band that seem to be able to skip happily between different approaches and deliver them all with conviction and style. Personally, and probably unsurprisingly, I’d prefer a few more of the upbeat numbers to keep the flow of the EP going, but regardless of my preferences The Gangway is an accomplished and varied EP that continually veers between different styles and never once settles into a comfortable rut.

The Gangway EP was released earlier this month and is available for download from the usual sources.

Trampolene‘s online presence can be found here

Mi7 Records website can be found here

Trampolene Release ‘Pocket Album Four’

Trampoline PromoTrampolene have released their new five track mini album, ‘Pocket Album Four’ through Mi7 Records today. The mini album, which was recorded live at Konk Studios and produced by Jack Jones & Josh Green, includes the single The Gangway, a raucous live rendition of The Cure classic Friday I’m In Love and the poem, To Be A Libertine, written by Jack Jones with spoken word contributions from The Libertines.
 
You can visit Trampolene‘s website, which contains their tour dates, here
 
The video for To Be A Libertine can be watched below and the album can be streamed via Spotify here

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