ARTIST: TRASH BOAT

TITLE: CROWN SHYNESS

LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS

RATING: 7/10

It’s always tough to top an amazing debut album, but Trash Boat have managed it with ‘Crown Shyness’, continuing in their seemingly unstoppable onslaught of the punk scene.

An impressive display of their growth and development, this record sounds heavier and more mature; like they’re finding their feet, experimenting, and testing out some new song structures and styles.

Trash Boat can mean different things to different people and continue to widen their appeal as a result.”

There’s still plenty of shouty punk and catchy choruses, but its also neatly merged with some hardcore guitar chord sequences and breaks (see ‘Controlled Burn’). It feels as though they’re moving slightly away from pop-punk and more into post-hardcore territory, especially with the likes of the dramatic and well-constructed ‘Old Soul’ and closing song ‘Love, Hate, React, Relate’. Title track ‘Crown Shyness’ is the compulsory power ballad just after the midway point, but they pull it off without being too cheesy, and songs like ‘Undermine’ still retains that pop-punk upbeat punchiness.

Combining various elements and sounds that fall under the wide banner of ‘punk’, Trash Boat can mean different things to different people and continue to widen their appeal as a result. The band are playing a run at the final Warped Tour this year, as well as hitting the Main Stage at Reading & Leeds, and ‘Crown Shyness’ definitely sees them going from strength to strength.  

WORDS: BEC SIMPSON

 

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