Trampolene don’t slack off. Between 2014 and 2017 they released 6 EP’s and in September of last year they released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Swansea to Hornsey’. The Swansea lads are already back, with new single ‘Hard Times For Dreamers’ being premiered last night on Radio 1.
Jack Jones and co. have always been good at songs that swap between heavy and light and ‘Hard Times For Dreamers’ is another masterpiece in this vain. The intro suggests the Swansea rockers heaviest effort yet the guitar drops out during the verse to allow Jones’ raw vocals to sit on top of a steady drum beat and a classic Wayne Thomas bass line. The chorus is as big as you’d expect from the band and Jones himself sums it up when he yells ‘we don’t do operas, we do anthems’.
‘Hard Times For Dreamers’ feels very personal to the band, for after all that is what they are. When they started out the could only dream of where they are now, a debut album released, support slots for Liam Gallagher and The Libertines and Jones playing in Pete Doherty’s solo project The Puta Madres. That is what dreams are made of but they have worked through blood, sweat and tears to get to this position.
To make it in this music industry you have to have an incredibly strong dream but that isn’t enough, you need the drive, determination and passion that Swansea’s finest clearly do. The next few months seem almost like a reward for Trampolene with a massive UK tour including dates at legendary venues Clwb Il For Bach in Cardiff and London’s huge The Scala, which coincidentally is 200m down the road from the pub they played their first ever headline show. Hopefully, times are getting a little easier for these dreamers.