Trophy Scars – Never Born, Never Dead
To be honest, I had never heard of Trophy Scars before I came across Never Born, Never Dead. A Jersey band that started out as a post-hardcore live act, evidently transformed themselves in a blues experiment of sorts. The six songs presented here bring to mind a young Tom Waits that had grown up listening to Fat Wreck Chords releases. Sometimes the vocals can be overwhelming, but the punk/bluesy baseline and the detailed storytelling blend it all together into something very attractive. The 28 minutes of music on this EP might be out of my comfort zone, but I am willing to suffer a little uncomfort for this band — from what I’ve heard so far, a little pain will go a long way with Trophy Scars.