Album Review: Trampolene – Swansea to Hornsey

Name: ’Swansea to Hornsey’

Artist: Trampolene

Rating: ★★★★★

Such impactful releases are a rarity however, Trampolene’s debut album ‘Swansea to Hornsey’ is meaningful, raw and unique. With a loving, united fan base behind them and the most beautiful of personalities to match, we cannot recommend listening to this album enough!

The album opens with “Artwork Of Youth,” one of lead singer Jack Jones’ poetical masterpieces… they’ll be on the A Level syllabus in not time, trust us! “Imagine Something Yesterday” is as impressive as its title, an articulate triad of Lennon songs. It is at a similar level lyrically, Jones has the ability to create hope and positivity from the darkest of situations. With an intro which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Cure song the track is mesmerising and catchy – an intricate mix of sound and lyric in which Trampolene are best known for.

Formed upon an ethic of musical companionship, Trampolene are known for fan involvement. In fact, it is refreshing to see a band as engrossed and well loved as they are by their fans. Jack, Wayne and Rob have a clear, friendly persona both on stage and off which makes them entirely loved. Their live show has developed over the years, whilst their abilities are second to none it is the unexpected nature of their set which makes Trampolene all the more interesting. From stage jumps to climbing up vast holdings, Jones’ ever growing acrobatic abilities are becoming notorious.

However, their album proves that it is their music which does the talking. Older, more known anthems including “Alcohol Kiss” and “Dreams So Rich, Life So Poor” have been reworked and included. It is important for the Swansea trio to inherit and brag about their past rather than ignore it much like others do when it comes to a debut. From the outset their tunes have been something of an enigma which provides reasoning for their strong reception in the live setting.

Named after the Julian Cope song, Trampolene first formed in Swansea though relocated to London in hopes of creating a Warholian-esque creative space like no other. Their growth throughout the years has been phenomenal, constantly evolving throughout the country and beyond. Their journey’s into Europe are becoming all the more regular following recent adventures into France and Belgium.

It is their blending of heavy rock and spoken word which makes the Swansea outfit so unique. In fact, Trampolene are in many ways the perfect rock band, the album proves that they have a unique combination of varying styles which come together to form something quite otherworldly. “The Gangway” is the most anthemic of the lot! A dreamy, acoustic intro mixes well with raw, catchy lyricism to once more create a well loved sing along. It is followed by “Ketamine,” the poem in which Jones is most known for. Beyond its obvious reference to the party drug the poem is somewhat of a metaphor for life and is very much like John Cooper Clarke in its delivery.

Trampolene’s touring commitments have been relentless, you do get the feeling that the trio enjoy playing together and have far more of a companionship that their contemporaries. This year saw them take part in the Jack Rocks 7 programme alongside mass small venue shows under the guise of the impressive ‘This Feeling’ banner. Their performances at Reading Festival and Brighton’s Great Escape were by far notable, though it often feels like there’s a littlembit of magic about each and every one of their shows.

Following the formation of a talented and likely friendship, lead singer Jack Jones has become a fully fledge member of Peter Doherty’s band, ‘The Puta Madres.’ No stranger to also opening Doherty solo sets, Jones spreads his time evenly between the two projects. As an already iconic talent in his own right, Jones is an integral part of the Puta Madres mixing his guitar playing with Doherty’s solo sounds. Having already penned original songs together in the past, it will be interesting to see how their friendship and collaboration develops as time grows older.

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This month and beyond sees the Welsh trio return to various cities once more in celebration of their debut release, already Bristol and Brighton are close to a sell out, with Cardiff, Liverpool and Leeds sure to follow. Quite importantly, they also head on their biggest shows to date in support of Liam Gallagher’s December Arena tour. Quite frankly, these are the venues their sound is best suited to, we already cant wait to see what they have planned for such a special run of dates including Nottingham and more historically Manchester’s Arena.

With such a mix of old and unheard releases on their 14 track album, the newer tracks do well to document the positioning of the band at this point. “Storm Heaven” is a rock n roll tune for the ages, mixing obvious guitar riffs and echoey treble. “Beautiful Pain” and “Blue Balls And A Broken Heart” explore the softer sound of the band, lyrically they are second to none of effortless.

‘Swansea To Hornsey’ is perhaps one of the most impressive debut albums of the year, we can’t begin to express our love for it. With such a big run of dates coming up, we can only hope that fans new and old take to them in awe. Trampolene have every right to be one of the UK’s biggest rock bands!


Check out “Imagine Something Yesterday” via Youtube below:


Trampolene play Northern Exposure’s MAH gig on Friday 10th November, Sheffield Leadmill:

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