Joanna Gruesome & Trust Fund – Split EP (Reeks of Effort)Joanna Gruesome & Trust Fund: Split EP – album review


Out 22nd of September


A perfect slab of underground lo-fi indie pop, by two of the UK’s most exciting indie-pop bands out there. Louder Than War’s Lee Hammond is overwhelmed by the brilliance of this EP.

A split EP by two of the most exciting British bands around at the moment, to say our interest is piqued is something of an understatement. Joanna Gruesome are no strangers to sharing record space having released a brilliant split 7” with Brighton’s equally awesome Tyrannosaurus Dead earlier this year.

Opening up with Gruesome’s Jerome (Liar) a wickedly brash slab of lo-fi indie pop, as the drums pound you can hear Alanna’s screams in the background. Whilst Jerome is short it packs one hell of a punch, a phenomenal opener to this record we’re already on the edges of our seats with anticipation as to what’s to come.

Satan (Desire Edition) is a re-work of the Gruesomes album track this version is somewhat heavier, the vocals more pronounced and the fuzz level is toned right down to a more manageable level. However, taking nothing away from the original but this version is a little more accessible.

The final track on the Gruesomes side is phenomenal, the culmination of the perfect side of lo-fi indie pop. Coffee Implosion has a real deep side to it the beauty of the vocals backed by the stomping beat. Alanna has such tenderness to her vocals and this track is a real light and shade piece with the stomping beats coupled with the sweet vocal layers it’s the perfect indie pop track.

Trust Fund are quietly beginning to make waves in the underground scene and rightly so, first track Reading The Wrappers is nothing short of indie pop brilliance. Despite its quiet start they quickly hit their stride, there seems to be sadness in this first track a feeling of regret and the heavy guitar and the somewhat sombre delivery reflects this.

However, a much happier mood is quickly restored with Scared, a much more upbeat number, which sees Trust Fund chanting “I’m Scared.” This wouldn’t be out of place in most indie discos, perfectly formed indie pop fuzzy guitars and chirpy lyrics form what is arguably the best track on the EP.

The EP closes out with the beautifully chilled out No Pressure, another heartfelt track filled with passion. The sombre tone to the track rivals the sadness of the lyrics, there’s a real depth to this track the addition of the horns adds to the mood and the feeling of the track as the EP closes out.

This EP is indie pop perfection, I’m left astounded with all of the landfill indie out there right now Reeks of Effort have put together the perfect antidote. I cannot wait to hear more from both bands but Trust Fund have really stood out, they’re a really exciting prospect and I’m positive Joanna Gruesome will continue to excite and entertain me.


Trust Fund can be found here, they’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

Joanna Gruesome can be found here, they can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

All words by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee by visiting his Louder Than War Author’s Archive here.

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