Words by Tim Hakki @TimHakki
Perhaps the biggest problem with British indie groups today, and guitar music in general, is that somewhere along the line guitarists became very unadventurous. You can’t level any accusations of plainness at Olly Taylor from Scouse trio Trudy, though. His lively fretwork is what sets ‘Baby I’m Blue’ (along with the rest of Trudy’s output so far) above and beyond the competition. His hushed vocals and lascivious chord progressions hearken back to doo-wop and the chromatic chordal work of The Libertines’ demo days, but the eccentricity of his fiddly lead lines summon the lively café spirit of gypsy jazz pioneer Django Reinhardt. It’s reyt mint, as they probably say up north.
'Baby I'm Blue' is out now.
See Trudy live:
Sat 30 Jan: Headrow House, Leeds
Sat 5 March: Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Tue 8 March: Stereo, Glasgow
Thur 10 March: Arts Club, Liverpool
Thur 19 May: Great Escape, Brighton