TRC - Bright Lights Record Label: Siege Of Amida Records
Release Date: August 8th 2011
TRC are a band who have been slogging away as one of the most notable names in the underground British hardcore scene for a number of years now, and with the rise of popularity of the UKHC scene it was inevitable they were going to turn a few heads. However they are also a band who very much divide the people mainly due to vocalist Chris Robson's unique MC style vocals and also they do not look or dress as expected from a hardcore band has led many fickle fans to disapprove, making TRC a love or hate band for the majority of people.This being their first full lenght release following a number of EPs cements their place as one of the most individual and important bands making waves in the UK.
The first thing that grabs your attention with Bright Lights is that it is a significant step up from their previous material. As soon as opener "H.A.T.E.R.S" barges it's way into your attention it feels like a fist to the face and this unrelenting assault continues through all 10 tracks. The bands hardcore roots are obviously noticeable however interestingly the band clearly has their eyes set on trading the sweat boxes for far bigger stages and their sound has evolved to that of a band bigger than the underground scene that spawned them. The album is full of BMTH style chugging guitars and even some nu metal bounce propelled further by Chris Robson's enigmatic rapping. Even the 2 older tracks on the album "Define Cocky" and "London's Greatest Love Story" have been given a fresh breathe of air and sound better than ever.
It's not to say the album is without it's flaws while as I've previously stated the album is a fantastic effort and a huge step forward for the band, there's still room for some diversity by the time you're being battered by closer "Wait til it's Finished..." things have started to get a bit samey and one or more songs with the epic feel of "Temptation" would have been great. The lyrics are another thing many have criticised with the same themes popping up again and again such as the ill feeling thrown towards them, along with how they're better than it and a pinch of broken down relationships. However as testament in their own "Go Hard or Go Home" it is comendable that the band sing about what they know and also what people can relate to rather than simply do what as is expected of them.
In summary this album is a fantastic overall record that shows how great they are but also only hints at how great they have the potential to be. The album is sure to win them many new fans but also they're sure to pick up a few more haters along the way, but if you want to hate then hate.
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I love this band and would love to see them here in America. The comparisons to BMTH scare me a little though since I have yet to hear this release. I just hope that with this release they win a following over here in the states.