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Trepidations: Double Single Review: You Can Never Be Sure & Say Anything

12 Nov 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander

It might be a mere perversity, but in typical punk fashion Trepidations have dispensed with the formalities of surnames and are just known as Will, Heath and Jared, at least on Bandcamp. Their Facebook page reveals otherwise – Will Saunders, Heath King and Jack Danger.

You Can Never Be Sure, is the second single from this Auckland based power trio, whose debut I Can’t Go On, was released almost a year ago. It took a while to get past a vocal that’s slightly buried in the mix and not as in your face as you might expect. It really does pack a punch though, with a thundering chorus that hums along to a lovelorn narrative that is more perceptive than it seems, and by the time it has clocked in at a precise two minutes 32 seconds, you’re already pressing repeat play.

If You Can Never Be Sure is a flash of lightning, then its counterpart Say Anything, is the thunderstorm that follows. It’s quite a revelation and shows a side of the band that you didn’t see coming if you’ve only discovered them via their recorded output. What it lacks in production values, it makes up for in its languid opening and the way it snakes along for all of eight minutes 17 seconds, with some meaty guitar solos, thundering bass and another love-possessed (or obsessed) vocal that, again, is a little lost in the mix. That might well be the way Trepidations intended it, as it’s like catching a thread of a memory that might well be best buried in the past.

If these two new tracks are any indication of what Trepidations have up their sleeve, then someone needs to get them into a recording studio so they can work some more magic.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

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