Liverpool trio Trudy and the Romance, who have just rounded off a UK jaunt with The Big Moon. When they played Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in Brighton last month, kicking things off past midnight it came as a bit of a shock to the system but the band took it in their stride.
“We’ve never played at 12.30am before but it was fun,” reveals the band’s drummer, Brad Mullins. “When we turned up there was some mad gypsy rock band (Dead Pretties) all lying on the stage coming to a big crescendo in their set, which got us right in the mood for our show.”
The group are currently brewing the perfect storm and have had an explosive twelve months. 2016 saw the release of their debut single ‘Behave’, produced by Spring King’s Tarek Musa. Their reputation has grown ever since and the tunes have followed fit, charming audiences wherever they descend.
During their set at this year’s The Great Escape Festival, frontman Oliver Taylor played guitar with such force and passion he drew blood. The trio never fail to lace their gigs with humour and perhaps it’s this solid unity of friendship that has seen them amass a faithful fan base in such a short space of time.
The band’s moniker was created as a shout-out to their mothers. “All our Mums’ names are Trudy! So we just thought it made sense, we love our Mums.”
At the beginning of the year, the threesome was simply known as ‘Trudy’ but legal-wrangles meant they had to add on ‘and the Romance’. There’s a lot of love at the heart of the band too. “Our track ‘That’s Not Me’ is nice and romantic, we like watching people snogging in the crowd during that one.”
Trudy and the Romance’s self-titled “50s mutant pop” sees frequent comparisons to their Brighton pals, The Magic Gang too. “It’s cool that there is a bunch of new bands that are into old weird shit like us. We get compared to lots of different stuff all the time, so it’s always funny seeing what people think we sound like.”
The retro-tinged brand of 50s pop that has manifested amongst so many news bands recently is a genre nobody predicted would ever make a comeback but it has certainly made its way to the forefront of new music. Brad tells us: “We were chatting to The Magic Gang after the Scala gig with The Big Moon and they put on this band called The Lemon Twigs, who are sick.”
The band’s support for new music also runs a lot closer to their home of Liverpool. “We love Her’s and Pink Kink – they’re our buds. Mary Miller is sick, keep an ear out for Broom of the System and Tiny Trees too.”
A recent support slot on The Big Moon’s latest UK tour has also seen a huge surge in support for Trudy and the Romance. The band praise the all-female group highly and recall fond memories of their time on tour together. “They were super chilled and a good laugh. Fern’s (drummer of The Big Moon) drum seat is the comfiest I’ve ever sat on in my life.”
Looking to the future it’s not difficult to see how things will continue to evolve and grow for the bandmates. They’ve already got a few high-profile fans including Chloe Grace Moretz and Abbey Clancy under their belts, but the self-dubbed ‘Doo Wop Space Men’ don’t care much for celebrities.
“Our album’s on the way baby!” reveals Brad. If you’re not familiar with Trudy and the Romance, it’s time you got acquainted with them as their retro-tinged madness is undoubtedly going places.
Whether you catch them at another late-night gig or one of 2017’s festivals, make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to see them live. They’re going to be huge.