Today, on Valentine’s Day no less, Trudy and the Romance invite you into their retro-romantic cartoon world in the video for ‘The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen.’
By turns aping the wondrous faded colour of the Golden Age of Disney and imbuing you with a sense of eerie off-kilter feeling, it’s an apt visual accompaniment to the dreamboat pop of the tune. With Spector rhythms, and nods to Jonathan Richman, Louis Prima, Brian Wilson’s wall of sound, film composers Henry Mancini and Bernard Herrmann, Trudy’s sound treads many vintage references. This is reflected in the cinematic endeavour presented; produced and directed by Homer and Farley in association with Thunder Puss.
Recorded with producer David Pye (Wild Beasts), debut album Sandman draws the listener further into the trio’s colourful world, and follows the latest escapades of its central protagonist, little Johnny, and his inner turmoil. “It’s a coming of age tale about asking for your innocence back. It’s a breakup album and loosely based on the hero’s journey,” Olly says. Rocking and reeling through dreamy harmonies and dazzling guitars it’s everything good pop music should be – catchy, clever and brimming with curiously wonderful characters in Trudy’s inimitable realistic-cartoon narrative.
Including a highlight summer festival performance at Green Man, the band’s live show offers ‘a clutch of weak-knee ballads and twisting hits’. Their recent biggest headline show to date, a sell-out at London’s Moth Club lays down a marker for what’s to come. They’re set to let their unique doo-wop sound loose in Austin, Texas, as an official SXSW showcase act for 2019. There’s also aHuw Stephen’s Maida Vale session under their belts, and ‘Artist of the Week’ recognition fromSteve Lamacq.
‘The Original Doo Wop Spacemen’ is out now with debut album ‘Sandman’ to follow on 24th May.
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11th – 16th March -SXSW 2019 (Austin)
21st May – Oslo (London)
22nd May – Yes Basement (Manchester)
23rd May – Broadcast (Glasgow)
28th May – The Crofters Rights (Bristol)
29th May – Cafe Totem (Sheffield)
30th May – Jacaranda Records (Liverpool)