Nostalgia is a funny thing; it can make us feel any number of emotions, from joyful and inspired to reflective and longing.
Thankfully, looking back seems to have sparked something in Bristolian trio Trashed, as their second release ‘Faceplant’ cherry-picks some of the most beloved parts of 90s pop-punk and squeezes them all into a new five-track EP.
Introducing the record is ‘Isn’t That Cute’, an undeniably catchy opener that will grab the attention of any modern punk fan. It’s from that point onwards that ‘Faceplant’ pays a brief yet enjoyable tribute to the heyday of callous, carefree pop-punk of the mid-to-late 90s.
‘Charlie Sheen’, for example, is dripping with punchy Green Day riffs and the unpolished, unapologetic attitude of a young Blink-182. We even hear hints of early Good Charlotte, before they embarked on their own lifestyles of the rich and famous, of course.
It’s not all in the past, though. Things get a little moodier in ‘Dear Kelsie’, which sounds much more like something from today’s current scene – imagine ROAM, but a little softer around the edges. As the EP reaches its close with ‘Not The Same’, things finish on a much gnarlier and grungier note than the upbeat one in which ‘Faceplant’ began, with blatant British influences and a distinctly darker vibe.
Don’t get too excited; ‘Faceplant’ probably isn’t going to blow minds or break records. It’s an easy listen, especially for established pop-punk fans who know what they like and aren’t too interested in straying from that path, and there’s definitely potential in each and every track on the EP. However, there’s also a lot of time spent waiting around a lift off that doesn’t quite happen, but a future full-length album from Trashed could change all of that.