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Review | Trudy and the Romance @The Hope & Ruin 17.10.19

Trudy and the Romance photographed by Naz Stone

Trudy and the Romance photographed by Naz Stone


Trudy and the Romance describe themselves as"50s mutant pop", the original doo-wop spacemen, hailed from Liverpool. Their music encompasses a feeling of nostalgia. Think the school dance of Randal Kleiser's 1978 Grease, pelted into the present day of Netflix and politics. Trudy and the Romance are masters of making all forget about their worries and rejoice in a good ol' school disco.

The Hope & Ruin was busting with the youth of today; the alternative, non-conventional population of Brighton gathered into one joyous room. With the band members armed quirk white socks, smart shoes and braces instead of belts. Warning for the recently single, broken hearts, listening to Trudy and the Romance will conjure up a great number of emotions that you most likely didn't realise were swirling around in your insides. The kings of sweetheart rock 'n' roll, the five-piece band celebrate all things love, from the highs to the unfortunate (but well needed) lows.

If your heart wasn't melting enough listening to the band's brainchild Oliver Taylor, the accompanying backing vocals plunge you into a whole different level of heartache with their uplifting melancholic 'ooh's' and call and response phrases. With vibes of petticoats and waistcoats, the audience couldn't help but dance through their set. The dance moves of the audience were diverse, ranging from energetic sways to the dance moves in the 2014 British musical drama film God Help the Girl, in the music dance scene, 'Dance with Cassie'.

Oliver formed the band in 2014 along with Lewis Rollinson (bass) and Brad Mullins (drummer) under the name Trudy, before to rebranding, as a trio. They released a series of stand-along songs, produced by Spring King's Tarek Musk. In 2017, the band introduced themselves as Trudy and the Romance with the release of their EP Junkyard Jazz. May marked the band's first album release, Sandman, an exploration of the band's development over the years, plummeted into twelve songs.


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