Trampolene – The Gangway EP

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The Gangway - Mi7 Records

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