This UK-based pop punk five-piece has an album title that is worthy of Fall Out Boy and Panic! At the Disco’s early days. Though only formed in 2014, Trash Boat has performed with major acts like As It Is and Knuckle Puck, proving that their band is worthy of being a part of the pop punk industry. With high-energy performances and a dedicated fanbase, I expect Trash Boat to absolutely take off in the next year or so. Just look at their Facebook page; the pictures from their gigs will have you yearning to be part of the crowd. Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through is one of the strongest albums to come out this year, and it is rare to find an album in which every song is amazing. But in this case, Trash Boat manages to achieve this feat, creating a mosh-worthy album that deserves a coveted place on your playlist.
“Strangers” opens this album perfectly; it is a bit harder, with some screaming elements, but the addition of The Wonder Years’s Dan “Soupy” Campbell, is absolutely exquisite; Campbell acts as a perfect complement to lead singer, Tobi Duncan’s, voice. Honestly, it was difficult to find fault with this album. The album is comprised mostly of hard-hitting rock, but “Brave Face” and “Things We Leave Behind” act as reprieves; though still definitively powerful, the tracks are more slowed down than the rest. “Eleven” brings the rock right back, with a headbang-worthy guitar intro. “Catharsis” is catchy as hell,combining slower moments with a booming chorus that reminds me slightly of blink-182.
Though the vocals take a bit to get used to, as they are more screaming than singing (the perfect example of this would be “Pangaea”), once you’ve listened to this album a few times, they’ll have you hooked. The screaming aspect totally works for this band, emphasizing the emotions and forcefulness behind the lyrics. This is especially noteworthy in “The Guise of a Mother,” in which Duncan sings about the potential of reuniting with a mother who long ago abandoned her son. This track is my favorite off this album, as I find its theme relatable, and has the best bridge and chorus I’ve heard in a long time. It is chock-full of pain and strength, and I would love to see this performed live.
This album is a strong addition to the pop punk genre and the Hopeless Records family. Straying more on the punk side than the pop side, Trash Boat will appeal to fans of The Wonder Years, Neck Deep, and Taking Back Sunday, but has catchy chords that will still snag the attention of those who are more pop-driven. Energetic and powerful, Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through is going to be the next album you will play on repeat.
5 out of 5 stars
Must-Listen Tracks: “Catharsis,” “The Guise of a Mother,” “You Know, You Know, You Know”
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