Trash Monroe are yet another emerging female fronted band tagged as ‘Alternative Rock’ (as you might already know, not my particular favourite genre) and ‘Addiction of Duplicates Part 1’ is their latest release. Essentially a single, consisting of just two tracks, ‘S.O.B’ and ‘Stupid Again’, it has actually been quite tough to review. I have not had any previous exposure to the band and just as you are starting to gain an insight the CD has ended. Apparently they will be releasing Part 2 of this in 2013. I could perhaps understand that decision a little better if there were four tracks on each release!
Consisting of Melany Dantes (Vocals), Brad Hurr (Guitar), Ken Mortimer (Bass), Matt Rowe (12 String) and Dave Pankhurst (Drums) Trash Monroe are certainly not the worst band I’ve heard in this genre, but it still doesn’t particularly enthral me much either. The plus point is that when Dantes puts some power into her voice she has a quite nice gravelly sound that I think she should certainly use more often. Of course the downside is that the music doesn’t really give her the opportunity to let rip properly. Her cleaner vocals, on the other hand, are typical of this type of music and do nothing for me. Of the two tracks featured ‘S.O.B’ is the best, having a slightly more traditional rock feel. ‘Stupid Again’ however, is another of those deeply depressing angst driven ‘Alt Rock’ songs that had me crying into my coffee for all the wrong reasons! Another of those bands that have a good underground following and who have also gained some positive live reviews, there is certainly a market for Trash Monroe but it’s at the opposite end of the street to the one I’ll be visiting!
ADDICTION OF DUPLICATES - PART 1
Review by Rick Tilley
12th Nov 2012
2) Stupid Again
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"The plus point is that when Dantes puts some power into her voice she has a quite nice gravelly sound that I think she should certainly use more often. Of course the downside is that the music doesn’t really give her the opportunity to let rip properly."