On Thursday 9 November, ’50s doo-wop inspired trio Trudy and the Romance play a show at The Face Bar. Ahead of their gig, we speak to the band about their debut EP Junkyard Jazz, their upcoming shows, and their dream tour line up.
So you are embarking on your headline tour of the UK, how are you feeling about it?
We’re pretty excited lemme tell ya.
For people who’ve never seen you live before, what can they expect from your set?
Forty minutes of full blown Trudy I suppose. For those that have seen us before we’ve got a new addition to the band too, our friend Alex is playing keys and it sounds shit hot!
Do you have a favourite song to play live?
I think we all have different faves; the new one, ‘Is There a Place I Can Go’, is good fun, and ‘My Baby’s Gone Away’ is an old favourite too, feels good.
Where has been your favourite place to play?
Brighton, Leeds, London… everywhere’s a good time, baby!
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever experienced on the road?
Joe Cole buying a Maccies at Watford Gap.
Your new EP Junkyard Jazz is out on 17 November, what was the songwriting process like for creating these songs?
It was pretty different this time, than before; Olly had the ideas for the songs and we practised them for about a week and then went straight in and recorded them. Lew’s got a song on this EP too, ‘Ruff Ryder’, so that was an interesting process for us all.
What do you do in your spare time between traveling and playing shows. Do you have any games to battle the boredom?
We’ve got a PS3 in the back of the van. The atmosphere can get pretty heated when the PGA tour golf is on. Jim Furyk and Paula Creamer battling it out for the birdies and bogeys.
If you were in a tribute band, who would you cover?
I reckon the Beatles would be the most fun!
Finally, if you could pick three bands for your dream tour, who would you take with you?
Jonathan Richman to open and get everybody in the mood for a good-time, us in the middle, and then Richard Hawley headlining would be nice.
Trudy and the Romance play The Face Bar on Thursday 9 November. Tickets are £7. Book online.
I love to write about the bands I'm listening to, and the gigs that I'm attending in Reading. I'm a proud champion of the local Reading music scene, and am always looking for new acts to see live. Aside from writing about local music, I am also the co-founder of Reading based record label, Porterbrook Records.