With their observations and poetic tales of youthful angst, newcomers Trampolene were another natural choice to support seminal punk band, Buzzcocks at Sub-Sonic Live in London.
Not so long ago, Jack Jones (guitar, vocals) and Wayne Thomas (bass, vocals) decamped from their native Swansea without a penny to share and move into a small flat in North London (new drummer Rob Steele still lives in Swansea).
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'.
Welsh three-piece Trampolene's 'Imagine Something Yesterday', was issued on March 16th through Mi7 Records. The mini-LP is available an iTunes as five-track 'Pocket Album Two' and features 'Imagine Something Yesterday' / 'I'M On My Own' / 'Cinderella's Shoe' / 'Newcastle Brown Love Song' / 'Health & Wellbeing (At Wood Green Job Centre)'.
Following headline shows and support slots with Carl Barat & The Jackals in Paris & London, and a four-week-Friday-night-residency at London's prestigious KOKO for Club NME, Trampolene have just completed a new EP, It's Not Rock & Roll. The song has long been a live highlight and encapsulates the dynamics, power and lyrical wit of the band.
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 recently played at July's Sub-Sonic Live with headliners Buzzcocks, which also marks the Fred Perry X Marshall Amplification collaboration. Also supporting were Liverpool's Sugarmen, keeping the punk spirit alive with their debut single produced by Mick Jones of The Clash.
Continuing the celebration of punk lineage and new music, Don Letts also DJed in the main room, joined on the decks by his son Jett Letts. The small bar was hosted by PINS' Faith and Lois, and DJs from the For The Record project.
More info and photos from the evening here.