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The Trollops
© 2001 Alden Music

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The Trollops

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STYLE: Modern Alt. Punk Pop Rock-n-Roll

HOME TOWN: New Haven, CT

1. Let It Ride
2. It Ain't Easy
3. How Many Times
4. Faces
5. Down On Me
6. Let The Crazies Out 
7. Special
8. Avenue B
9. Are You Still Mine
10. Goodbye

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The Trollops

Issue #32                              Oct. '01

Simply put The Trollops self-titled debut CD is the best pure Rock-n-Roll album since “London Calling” by The Clash. I have personally touted that 1979 release as one of The (if not Thee – well, Yes – Thee) Best Rock-n-Roll LPs ever, Hands down #1.

The Trollops is this era’s London Calling. It blows me away. Such an accomplished testament of Rock-n-Roll, it drips attitude in a way I’ve not heard since The Stones of the late 60s and Mott The Hoople of the 70s. Smacking of the urgency of The Clash and the desperation of Nirvana - these 10 songs put the Rock-n-Roll perspective as savior to the culture of youth back into place.

The Trollops comes at me in a time when my Rock-n-Roll needs to be shaken up. When the events around me calls for my need of the culture of youth - The innocence, the cynicism, the need, the power, the familiar territory of us vs. them, the sanctuary of being one. Rock has been good to me, all my life I’ve had certain assimilations with Rock - Rock has always reached out to me when I needed it to - Rock has never failed me, some times the people who brought it to me would fail me. But, whenever I looked past the selling of it to me, when I would peek below the surface, and find something that was so fulfilling and satisfying, something that presented itself to me with such astounding and pertinent beauty that it creates an euphoric response from my inner being – Well, I had to share it with my friends. How can you not spread the joy of music? (I have never been that selfish). Now, I share this with you: Rock doesn’t disappoint, you just have to look hard enough or have someone introduce you to it.

Meet The Trollops:

Nathan Rees (lead guitar, vocals) has fashioned a masterpiece around his unusual vocal style - sounding like the smoke ravaged Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs tempered by the mellow rasp of The Clash’s Joe Strummer – linking it with Ken Moon (Guitar) Jonathan Fioman (Bass) and Nathan Wade (Drums) to explode with a reconciled force. Controlled Chaos. It’s what has been at the heart of Rock-n-Roll for years and The Trollops grab us and drag us in right from the start…

Let It Ride” opens the CD with a great acoustic hook picked note by note until the rhythm kicks in and Rees’ rasp proclaims an anthem that has been echoed by youth for ages – (the best metaphor I can come up with is that line by Tom Cruise in Risky Business “Sometimes you just have to say ‘What the Fuck’), even though we’re treading a familiar ground that has been covered time and again since Rock-n-Roll first began helping youth escape the overwhelming realizations that they are beginning to formulate in their ever expanding minds – It’s Rock-n-Roll, it’s there for them. And it’s all delivered with lines like “Standing next to you/ you know I feel so ashamed/ Standing next to you/ you know that I can feel my pain/ Standing next to you/ you know I just wanna run away, yeah.” As if they don’t say enough about the world and how it pertains to teen angst, there’s the lines “They took away my radio/ gave me a TV screen/ Won’t you take me away from here/ Let it ride.” That says it all: “Let it ride.” As this song builds it tells you that it is one of the most powerful musical forces to come along in quite some time. And you should believe it because what follows is a LP of 3 winning musical trifectas, each one built upon the last.

The opening 3 songs set the stage viewed from the jaded eyes of a detached youth. The anthemic “Let It Ride” leads into “It Ain’t Easy” a lost love heartbreaker that exonerates the delusions that led to the break up even though the despair is crippling. “How Many Times” simply vents the anger and frustration of youth aimed at various stages of a society which tends to squash their importance and impact. Over all, this opening trifecta instills the importance of not only the sound, but also the meaning. Yes, Rock has a conscience, a mind and a heart, and if it needs to scream to get your attention it is going to do so, stick around for the final furious minute of “How Many Times” and experience the emotion rung through the amps of The Trollops; so intense, so personal, so telling, a confession all the more substantial by being laid out with music and not words.

Now catch your breath and head into trifecta #2 “Faces,” “Down On Me,” and “Let The Crazies Out” While the first 3 songs focused on the strained mental aspect of youth through failed ideals of community, relationships, and society, these 3 offer up the savior status of Rock-n-Roll by emulating the Raw Power of the Rock-n-Roll guitar god hooks and runs. “Faces” provides Keith Richards Rolling Stone guitar chords (and a blazin’ solo) over a bad boy sex statement. “Down On Me,” offers Mick Ronson Mott The Hoople guitar leads (and again, another blazin’ solo) to prod the self-doubt and pity from its insecure narrator. Finally “Let The Crazies Out” could have been penned by Kurt Cobain; with signature Nirvana grunge guitar (and chaotic rhythm) dripping through a tale of woeful excessive mental abuse from the fragile fringes of life (including, would you believe, another awesome blazin’ solo!).

The final trifecta of songs groups together the first two and simply ROCKS! Using every facet of Rock, The Trollops pull no punches as they Roll us down this disc of amazing music and set the record straight as to the problems of youth; problems that are no different then the ones that have been brought to light in each and every Rock movement from the mid to late 50’s to today. Relationships & Society & Self Awareness, or to put it bluntly: Sex & Drugs & Rock-n-Roll. “Special,” “Avenue B,” and “Are You Still Mine” puts it all together for us as they crown this achievement, they blow us away with how in touch they are; The Trollops have their collective fingers on the pulse of today, of music, of youth, of Rock-n-Roll.

And, just to show you how much it all means to them, how intense they are about it all, they close the album with the only true ballad of the bunch, aptly titled “Goodbye.” Set against a lone acoustic guitar with mandolin accompaniment, our raspy voiced anti-hero laments of another loss wrapped around the sorrowful intonations of someone who can and will rise above.

The Trollops have given us a complete Rock-n-Roll record, a bold, solid statement that lets us know that Rock, teen angst, and youthful rebellion are still alive and well. Rock is still here, it won’t let you down, it will not disappoint, it will not fail you.

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