What do you get when you mix a small town, childhood friends, an electric guitar, drums, and a 30-pack of beer? Hence the Trumpet.
Traver's unapologetic lyrics and powerful vocals often draw comparisons to Eddie Vedder, while the band's in-your face style is reminiscent of punk/rock troubadours Green Day. The band pulls their inspirations from the aforementioned bands as well as folk/rock acts like Deer Tick and My Morning Jacket, some of which can be heard in their live performances. But, above all else, HTT has a sound all their own.
Opening track, "Up Here," pays homage to struggling mill towns like their hometown, while the catchy tune, "I Got Interest," tells the all-too-familiar story of big dreams hampered by small-town fate and seemingly insurmountable odds. Born as acoustic songs, Traver gives them new life with reverb-soaked electric guitar, while the band's driving rhythm section brings them to soaring peaks.
While there is room for growth, Unique Boutique’s strong songwriting and impassioned playing in their debut efforet leaves me anxiously awaiting a follow-up.
Hence the Trumpet is a small-town band with big-time ability, and one watch for sure.
Unique Boutique can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.
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