Tsunami Bomb- Trust No One

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Tsunami Bomb

Trust No One - Kung Fu Records

More than a decade has passed since Tsunami Bomb called it a day. Now the band have reunited and have plans to tour and have released a collection of rare tracks and demos from their early years. The band will be supporting the release with new vocalist Kate Jacobi taking lead, but these songs all feature the much beloved Agent M at the forefront, who is no longer with the band.

The 90’s were a time where skate culture was at its peak; elevated by Tony Hawk video games, the X Games and the love which both showed for punk and ska music. Teens across the continent were watching Blink-182 drop corny videos recorded in movie theatres and watching their counter culture awkwardly hit the mainstream. As the decade ended, the Warped Tour exploded and gave kids from remote rural areas an opportunity to spend the day with teens who loved the same bands as them. At some point, every kid into the music saw The Vandals, Tsunami Bomb and The Ataris on the stage, as Kung Fu Records became one of the more prominent of the second tier of independent punk labels (Fat & Epitaph claiming the almost major indie label status).

Those who were fans of the band in the 90’s will find much to love here. The raw production adds to the rugged punk rock sound. If you still spin Nitro Records’ samplers on occasion, this collection should appeal to your nostalgic tendencies. For a band that was so prominent on samplers and toured extensively, they released only a couple of full length albums, so this is a welcome treat. The lyrics are occasionally corny, which only adds to their charm. On the wonderful “Mushy Love Song,” Agent M awkwardly sings For our first day, we went to Dennys. We saw my grandma there and she said she liked your spiky hair. I was so shy cuz you are such a handsome guy. Like the recent revival of SLC Punk, it is a glimpse into a very specific time in punk music. Sure, your crusty uncle might rightfully claim it lacks the political punch of Exploited and your son might roll his eyes at the lack of pizza in the lyrics, but it encapsulates everything that was great about hot summer days singing along with friends at Warped Tour. Some of these songs have been heard before on EP releases, such as “Lemonade,” although this is an earlier recording of the song. For the most part, however, these songs will be unfamiliar to all but the most vigilant fans of the band. This is a new collection full of songs pulled from the vault, unheard tracks with an old school vibe. 

The vocals transcend the skate punk scene though. The howls are occasionally reminiscent of the powerful vocals in the Riot Grrl scene, owing as much to Sleater-Kinney as NOFX, which adds some depth to their sound. The garage level production sets this release firmly apart from much of the punk releases today. “…Not Forever” is a fiery blast of punk fury and howling vocals. The goth punk “Rotting Vampire Eyeballs” and “Cantare del Morte” are humorous tunes which come from their early Mayhem on the High Seas EP and have more in common with The Cramps than any of their peers.  

Trust No One is a rough collection full of likeable punk jams that could have been huge in the late 90’s. While the punk scene has been a little more open minded in recent years, there were only a small handful of prominent bands with female members back in the day and Tsunami Bomb were undoubtedly one of the greatest. This collection is a great reminder for fans and introduction for the next generation as the band plans to tour again.