We Never Asked For This – The Rubbish Zoo

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who thought it would be a good idea to send us an email saying “like me! like me! like me!” (more or less).

Today’s blind submission is from the L.A. by way of Wyoming band The Rubbish Zoo and their EP A Great Detective Race.

Postcard Editor: Sounding a bit like an updated version of the late great Chicago band Troubled Hubble, The Rubbish Zoo show a great amount of promise on this EP.  They mix that sort of brainy guitar driven dance rock (mathpop?) with a more clearly defined 80’s influence, especially on the standout track “Fade.” The final song “If You Can, Move Me” fails to connect on the same level as the other three songs on the EP, losing the balance and sounding like a (deservedly) forgotten B side from Kajagoogoo, but TRZ demonstrate enough pop hooks and interesting musical diversions in the other three songs that we are definitely looking forward to see what they can do with a proper full length. EP Pick: “Fade”

Postcard ChaCha: This little 4 song EP from L.A. based band The Rubbish Zoo, twinkles and claps and ticks much like Islands first release Return To Sea did. I love smart pop and TRZ’s sound is just that- catchy, thoughtful and fun. This provides listeners with a solid enough teaser that I doubt I’ll be the only one waiting to see what The RZ boys can give us in a full length release. EP Pick: More Ink Than An Octopus

You can check out the EP in its entirety on the bands facebook page here.


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