Trust Fund is essentially singer/songwriter Ellis Jones supported by a revolving cast of musicians. Seems Unfair is their second album and comes just 9 months after their cracking debut No One’s Coming For Us. Seems Unfair was produced by Hookworms’ MJ and whilst it shows the band have progressed by honing their pop sensibilities, the youthful exuberance and reflective lyrics of Ellis Jones are retained.
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My initial impression of Trust Fund is that I want to stove their faces in with a rusty scythe. Initially singer and leader Ellis Jones appears like a squeaky modern day Stephen Pastel with that intentionally lispy way of singing - the kind of style usually adopted by four year olds or the singer out of Belle and Sebastian.
Trust Fund have a grab bag of tough tunes to counteract their sometimes indie wimp leanings. Lead track ‘Football’ is a hell of a tune - Jones elastic voice veering skywards and intertwining within itself as the chorus hits hard. If the music wasn’t as blistering this feathery feyness could be all too much but the combination of high-pitched vocals and gritty dirty low down guitars and pummelling drumming works perfectly. The record is produced by Hookworm internet policeman MJ and he’s done a great job capturing the excitement of the band as they thrash away. At times they are like Menace Beach’s more domesticated cousins - ‘Dreams’ throws all those ’90’s shapes about showcasing roughly one million chord changes while it's at it. Meanwhile ‘Dreamers’ (confusing eh) is like a kind of posh British ’Smells Like Teen Spirit’ that you can take home to your mum's house for tea.
The album is much more hard hitting than I expected and Jones has the ability to twist old sounds into new shapes. He also has the ability to claw back potentially catastrophic lyrics from the brink. On ’Scared’ he sings “do a wee” yet somehow it doesn't ruin the song. This is fun, thought provoking indie music that uses tools from the past but offers something different. It may not blow the minds of those who lived through the ’90’s but it has tunes, vibrancy and energy galore and is a unique take on a well worn routine.
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