To attend a Trampolene show is to immerse yourself in an experience like no other. The South Wales locals who later relocated to North London, prompting their upcoming album to be titled Swansey to Hornsey, are certainly not easily described. They’re musicians, but they’re also artists; poets, taking their small but devout fanbase on an adventure of discovery as they perform a show. Last week saw them to take to the stage at 229, a basement venue on the edge of Regent’s Park in London.
Most of the set was a play through of the upcoming album, and it was towards the end of this segment, during ‘Beautiful Pain’, that lead singer Jack Jones brought a fan on stage to assist him. The band are renowned for their interaction with their fans, making it a top priority to keep their most dedicated happy. Jones spent a lot of time actually in the crowd during the show, and at one point read out another fan’s poem on stage.
Jones is a rockstar though, that much is for sure. When not touring with Trampolene, he’s in Pete Doherty’s live band, so he’s clearly learnt a lot about stage presence and stamina. The faux fur jacket he donned on stage was a statement; it made sure that every pair of eyes in the room were on him.
The themes in Trampolene’s songs and poetry are as diverse as they are wild, from the eloquently put ‘Storm Heaven’ to ‘Pound Land’ and ‘Ketamine’, where the titles may raise eyebrows. With the addition of bassist Wayne Thomas and Rob Steele on drums, this is a trio well and truly trying to fill that gap in the market and they come across as even more successful due to nobody having thought of it before.