Wild is the new single from Trudy and the Romance (previously Trudy before some legal drama), the Liverpool trio consisting of vocalist and guitarist Oliver Taylor, bassist Lewis Rollinson and drummer Brad Mullins. The band formed to flesh out the lovesick “pop tunes” Taylor found himself writing after a previous heartbreak, tales of love, struggle and regret. They describe themselves as “mutant 50’s pop”, doo-wap sensibilities and raucous DIY guitar sounds. In addition to this are influences such as Jonathan Richman and King Krule, the band having even spent time recording with Bill Ryder-Jones.
Wild is one of many singles to appear over the past few months; we are yet to hear a full album from the band, but next year will apparently be their year. Bass swaggers in, gestured by cymbals, before Taylor shatters “O,h girl you’re gonna drive me willlld” lyrics you can imagine screamed at dancefloor glittering with a cheesy disco ball and equally as cheesy moves. Picture Palma Violets combined with Elvis Presley. There’s a tempo transition, before you can even finish bopping, with Beatles-esqe barks echoing the romantic, breathy vocals. Taylor transforms guttural screams into a slower, sweeter twist.
For grunge music you can groove to, catch the band playing a few live dates this summer, and way more this winter. “Ladies and gentlemen, hot off the block it’s the kids that pop your cotton socks off, Trudy and the Romance baby”.
12 The Victoria, London
23 Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
23 Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool
16 The Carefully Planned Festival, Manchester
19 Oporto, Leeds
27 Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
28 Arts Club, Liverpool
29 King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
30 Picture House Social Club, Sheffield
1 Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
2 The Waterfront Studio, Norwich
3 Scala, London
4 Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
Review: Poppy Allen