They’re brash, young and gentlemanly; ladies and germs it’s time for you to meet the Trotskies. The Melbourne locals, who came across Black GC’s radar on their previous tour, which had a stop off at The Loft, are roaring back and they come hailing a brooding and black new track DYR. Jake Wilton got on the phone with bassist Alexander McKenzie for an update.
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It’s both refreshing and exhilarating to find a young band beating their own path. An insatiable blend of overwrought and dramatic dream pop and post-punk is what stamped the Trotskies and their debut EP as a blogger’s delight.
With a healthy diet of killer support slots and working out kinks in the studio, the 5-piece birthed something truly spectacular in the form of DYR. If you’re a fan of the following: crushing walls of sound, dense, layered guitars and enough pop whirled into the mix then The Trotskies should be the most played band in your iTunes by now. The gloomy sensibilities established in the first half of DYR tend to merge further into a pop aesthetic the more the song progresses. The euphoric climax signals a breath of fresh air, as the drenching tones of paranoid noise guitars become lighter and instead allow the drums to build the needed tension.
Bouncing off the momentum gained from their first release, Alex says those songs found on the self-titled affair were handled in a more loose interpretation to how the band operate in the studio now. Although, even the songs that were intended to fit on a new EP release – accompanied by DYR – were still written in rehearsal spaces and jam sessions.
“DYR is a little more layered and digital sounding [compared to our first EP]. I like the idea of a band taking the role of a producer – the song takes on another feel,” said Alex.
Previously a working title for a song, ‘Do You Remember’ – a standout lyric from the track – became ‘DYR’ from email abbreviations and speedy studio talk between the Trotskies. “The song has, as I mentioned before, a structured, mechanical feel, so DYR plays into that and sounds a little Morse code,” reassures Alex. “I suppose you could pronounce it ‘Dire’ and draw some meaning out of that.”
It’s not to say that DYR is a cookie cutter, emotionless digital track; by far the contrary. The woozing feedback and seemingly distraught build to is such to make a few hearts race and bring something out of you that you didn’t expect. Comparisons may be fleeting, but the Trotskies take more than enough cues from the Cure and Jesus and Mary Chain’s ability to create heartfelt pop cross post-punk music. This darker interpretation, thanks to the aforementioned influences, on their music led to the guitar tones drawing the most sensation in DYR. “Dean [Kalb, guitar] wanted the guitar to sound like barbed wire. After some retuning we recorded more takes and sounds and tried to arrange them, layer them, make them sound a little more inviting to listen to and hopefully the themes of the song will be easier to understand,” confirmed Alex.
The Trotskies, as well as releasing new music, present another look into their musical stratosphere by the way of monthly playlists. A rare chance to find out what the five Melbourne lads are both listening to and being inspired by is posted on their Tumblr page.
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The Trotskies take DYR on the road this month playing the Black Bear Lodge on 5 December.