Kniee / Journey to the line (VINYL EP 12'' / 2010)

by Trunks

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Trunks are : Régïs Boulard, Stéphane Fromentin, Florian Marzano, Daniel Paboeuf, Laetitia Shériff.
Recorded at Lowroad Studio by Klaus Löhmann, 2009/08.
Mixed at Black Box Studio by Peter Deimel, 2010/01.
Mastered at Chicago Mastering Service by Jason Ward, 2010/02.
Produced by Are you trunked?, 2010.

www.trunks.fr

www.facebook.com/areyoutrunked

www.myspace.com/areyoutrunked


CHRONIQUES / REVIEWS+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

LAND ANIMAL (www.landanimal.blogspot.com)
Trunks is a growing, swaying, reaching-for-the-stars French band taking root. They are awfully nice as well.

I HEART NOISE (www.ihrtn.com)
2-track EP from this French collective that contains one track with female vocals and one instrumental track. First one sounds a lot like what post-rock bands are doing until the female vocals kick in, while the second one is a bit more of a twisted electronic journey with wordless vocals. This EP is a great showcase of the band’s capabilities. Well done.

ROCTOBER (www.roctoberreviews.blogspot.com)
French cream that's amazingly light. Sweet art grooves that make you feel cooler just for having it touch your earhole.

BUILT ON A WEAK SPOT (www.builtonaweakspot.com)
Awhile back I was introduced to Trunks by the self-promotion and circulation of their video for “Are You Trunked?”, which I believe is from a previously released full-length. No matter the origin the song had me a bit intrigued as to what these French folks were up to. Days passed and eventually I was hit up again with what is supposed to be an upcoming 7-inch for the tracks “Kniee” and “Journey to the Line”. My initial reaction was that they were doing a bit of a similar deal as the excellent avant-garde noise making unit Zu. However the two songs here on this 7-inch are softer/moodier than anything I’d heard before and the flipside “Journey to the Line” certainly ventures into more subtle post-rock territory, although still incorporating the saxophone to make a large part of their sound. While these songs are nice and all, the b-side in particular, I’d almost prefer to hear the band do more with darker swampy sort of noise that I was initially introduced to. Regardless, this is still well worth giving a listen to and I suggest that you do.

MUSICBOOM (www.musicboom.it)
Régis Boulard (batteria), Daniel Paboeuf (sax), Laetitia Shèriff (basso e voce), Stèphane Fromentin (chitarra), Florian Marzano (chitarra), ovvero i Trunks, band francese di cui non so praticamente nulla (se non che hanno già pubblicato un disco nel 2007, Use Less). Tra le mani mi trovo il loro ultimissimo e brevissimo Ep, nemmeno quindici minuti e solo due canzoni.
Kniee, di matrice indie rock, richiama subito alla mente gli Yeah Yeah Yeahs più riflessivi e impegnati, contrapponendo con grande abilità la delicatezza della voce alla tensione dei ritmi e della melodia, fino a crescere in un finale ripetitivo-ossessivo carico di pathos.
Journey To The Line, più eterea ed orientata su sonorità post rock (Tortoise in primis), si sviluppa anch’essa in un crescendo (basato principalmente sull’espansione delle sonorità e non sull’aumento della violenza del suono) per poi restringersi nuovamente e spegnersi con dolcezza.
Un Ep brevissimo, ma che mette bene in luce le caratteristiche del gruppo: Bastano due sole canzoni per descrivere il raffinato e delicato universo dei Trunks. Molti riferimenti, ma anche molte buone potenzialità.

TASTY FANZINE (www.tastyfanzine.org.uk)
Trunks are a french sextet who know how to compose a really intimidating tune. This single showcases their abilities perfectly. The a-side, Kniee is the only track that features Laetitia Shériff's typically abstract lyrics, her vocals focussing on melody, rather than meaning, whilst the rest of the band burns with an incredible, restrained intensity.
there's something about these tracks that's almost scary to the listener, like how the scariest parts of a horror movie happen just offscreen. The band manipulates you, hinting at the deafening, cacophonous noise that they're clearly capable of, but just like that horror movie, they leave the rest up to the imagination of the audience. At times, the band drones disorientatingly, sounding like Sonic Youth at their best and at other times, a de-fuzzed Jesus and Mary Chain. especially on the instrumental b-side, Journey to the Line. it's a slow-burning affair which sounds like the amazing In The House - In A Heartbeat, from the 28 days later soundtrack, but just better. There are more amazing songs on this single than there have been on most other albums in recent years. Trunks are most definitely the type of band you need to hear at least once. 
8/10 Daniel Shields

LES IMMORTELS (www.lesimmortels.com)
Il a été fait mention il y a peu d’une génération perdue, forcément et foncièrement pervertie par les mangas et autres animes. Et ces pauvres hères, à la simple audition du nom de Trunks, ne peuvent que penser à l’épée de Tapion et à la saga de Perfect Cell. Sauf qu’ici il est question de musique et non de vague déferlante.Le groupe Trunks propose ici un EP de deux titres, soit près de 12 minutes de notes. Un simple aperçu, qui laisse néanmoins entrevoir la formule concoctée par la formation. Les compositions puisent à différentes sources, pop, rock ou jazz notamment. Les phrases musicales ne sont pas jetées violemment dans le pavillon de l’auditeur, mais semblent provenir d’un esprit fécond. Un peu comme si ces plages légères mais entêtantes avaient mûri avant d’être finalement libérées telles Athéna jaillissant du crâne de Zeus.L’atmosphère qui se dégage de cet EP est baignée de fraîcheur et mouillée d’asphalte. L’ombre de Jack Kerouac et le souffle de la beat generation habitent les titres. Une présence discrète mais réelle, qui s’avère différente de ce qui a pu être perçu par ailleurs, comme par exemple chez K.R.O.A.Z.H.E.N.T. avec War an Hent (« sur la route » pour ceux qui ne mangent pas de crêpes). Une légère brise caresse les oreilles, évoquant un voyage mené sur fond de crépuscule et porté par « Kniee » et « Journey to the line ».Ce périple, entamé, n’en est qu’à ses débuts, mais Trunks saura bien le mettre en musique plus longuement, afin d’accompagner les rêveries des promeneurs pas forcément solitaires.

I WANNA ROCK YOU BABY (www.csakbennhajogerendazatto.freeblog.hu)
A Trunks egy francia kollektíva. Szépen kértek, hogy okozzunk nekik hírnevet, amit simán okozunk is, mivel nagyon olyan zenét játszanak. Dörgő basszusokkal, disszonáns gitárokkal és gyakran még disszonánsabb borult fúvósokkal csipkézett zajos kísérleti remekséget játszanak. Néhol transzhoz közelítő monoton dörgedelemmel, néhol post-rockba oltott furcsa folyamokkal, zavart jazzbe hajló kiegészítő ritmus-szekcióval, chamber-rockos vesztőgödör-dallamokkal és ezeket ellensúlyozó bizarr, de mégis szép melódiákkal alkotnak kifejezetten sajátos, nagyszerű zenét. Ritka a vokál, de mikor van, akkor női, és tovább betegíti az összképet. Frusztrált, zavarodott, mégis művi egységet sugárzó dolgok ezek, éltessétek őket ha szeretitek a Crimsont és a noise-rock dolgokat. Amúgy elsőnek a kimondottan zseniális Use Less-t, aztán a sokkal könnyebb kislemezt nyomassátok.

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released 01 June 2010

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