Trash Boat, a band that has pop-punk in their veins, have recently released their second album Crown Shyness. Now, if you are expecting to hear something similar to their first album Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through, you are in for a surprise. The best way I can describe Crown Shyness is as an emotional roller coaster. The 10-song collection is a little more hardcore than their previous work; it showcases a variety of aggressive tones. There is more of a screaming presence, and the lyrics are written in such a way where you can truly relate to them.
The first single released off the album was “Shade,” and I can honestly say it is one of the best songs on Crown Shyness. It was a great choice to release before the album, as it gives an insight to what listeners are in for. Tobi Duncan’s voice immediately kicks in, and there is such charisma in his vocals, you can’t help but to head-bang along. “Shade” follows the first song on the album, “Inside Out,” which is good opener; it grabs your attention and makes you want to keep listening.
“Nothing New” and “Old Soul” are a bit slower than the first two tracks. Although these songs aren’t as heavy, they are equally as impactful. Trash Boat has a way with lyrics, and both tracks genuinely display their vulnerability and emotions. “Controlled Burn” kicks the gear back into excessive as the most hardcore song on the album. “Don’t Open Your Eyes” is a true pop-punk song – the Trash Boat we all know – and makes you want to put the windows of your car down and just rock out.
My favorite song on Crown Shyness – the track the album is titled after – is acoustic and beautiful in every way. Putting out an album is probably one of the hardest things for any musician to do, and picking one song that is a representation of all your hard work must be overwhelming and nerve wrecking – but “Crown Shyness” is a good song to make your first move with, for sure. “Silence,” “Undermine,” and “Love. Hate, React, Relate” round out the album and just like its start, the end will leave you anticipating when you can sing along with the band live.
I am so glad Crown Shyness is the path Trash Boat chose to embark on this new chapter in their lives. The band have definitely won me over. Keep your ears open to these guys!