London’s Scala is a big old venue capable of holding a thousand or so people. For a small band from Swansea who were playing in a pub up the road 20 months ago, it is impressive that Trampolene managed to fill it.
The Swansea trio have come far in those 20 months. They’ve released multiple EP’s, a critically acclaimed debut LP and supported Liam Gallagher and The Libertines. Frontman Jack Jones can see just how far they’ve come and it’s obvious how emotional him and the band are, Jones spews out love and thanks for the fans inside Scala after almost every song and spent at least 15 minutes in the crowd speaking to fans after the gig before performing an acoustic set at the aforementioned pub.
The set starts off on a nostalgic note with the band coming on to poem ‘Artwork of Youth’ which describes Jones’ school days before crashing into the blistering ‘It’s Not Rock n Roll’. Right from the off Jones, bassist Wayne Thomas and drummer Rob Steele were on top form both musically and as entertainers. Trampolene have an energy that few bands have these days, frontman Jones exuberates a deserved confidence but a humble sense of community too which gives the adoring crowd an uncontrollable desire to shout every lyric straight in his face.
The gap between the band on stage and the paying public doesn’t exactly exist at gigs by these Welsh rockers, Jones spends a lot of his time stood on the barrier and crowd surfing before being pulled back by the overzealous Scala security. Fan favourite ‘Alcohol Kiss’ provides another mass singalong and the anthemic ‘Storm Heaven’ and recent single ‘Hard Times For Dreamers’ spark flailing limbs from the energetic crowd.
‘Beautiful Pain’ reminds everyone of how emotional this night is before acoustic track ‘No One’s Got Love Like We’ve Got’ makes this tiny venue feel small and intimate, a quick look around sees strangers embracing and a venue full of people enjoying a moment to look up at the band on stage and feel proud. Most of the people in the venue have been fans of the band for ages, have created lasting friendships through their fandom and have travelled from different countries just for this special night. Trampolene create a sense of community and a family feel at all times which is easy to forget when they are playing songs that sound so massive they deserve to be in arenas. Last night was a celebration, not only of how much the band have grown but of what they have created along the way. The Welsh trio are more than just a band and for many, they are a modern day Manics with their vibrant energy, visceral lyrics and vulnerableness. In a world so divided Trampolene are just the kind of band we all need and to see them celebrated with so much joy last night was a beautiful thing to witness.