by Sam Jenkins
On May 11th, I went to a concert at The Southern. I was going to see a friend’s band, Breakers, who were opening the show for Avers and Caveman. Avers is a Richmond group, who has around four guitarists. One of the guitarists, Charlie Glenn, is in another band, whom I like slightly more. The name of this band is The Trillions, and the album is Superpositions. This is Sam’s Hidden Gems, and here we have a diamond.
The Trillions are an indie shred pop-rock group who have been around for a good couple of years, but their only available album (on bandcamp at least) came out in 2015. Superposition has some great fuzz guitars, sick lyrics about cool stuff, and some top notch bass work. The two guitarists work well together, one using a clean crisp sound, and the other using some well-placed distortion to orbit around each other. Very Pinkerton. The vocals share a bit of distortion as well, a la The Strokes, who Glenn is clearly very fond of. Not like that’s a bad thing, because it works in the band’s favour.
The lyrics are radical too, although, if you’re not paying attention to them it won’t kill the experience. They are a bit hard to hear sometimes, like on the track Friendzy. One of my personal favourites on the record lyric wise is off the track Right Till Proven Wrong, with the statement “Magic books from up above, Electric rumor mills we know and love.” A real prize moment right there. The whole song is truly a standout on the record – its energy is unstoppable.
Superposition is not lacking that energy on other tracks, though. Even on the calmer cuts, the interesting mixing pushes the power forward with strength and beauty. Speaking of the mixing, it’s really well done, allowing everyone to shine with equal brightness. A good example of this would be the song Wish You Well.
Superposition really is fantastic, and the lack of exposure it gets kills me. It somehow feels nostalgic and new, like a bright new outlook on old times. It is a little like the deeper cuts from Loose Ends, a Francisco The Man record featured earlier this year. There isn’t a single track I don’t like at least a little, and I have yet to skip one. This gets a 7/7 from me, with an extra push to check out the first four tracks, It’s Getting Old, Blessing In Disguise, Right Till Proven Wrong, and Dead Meat. As well as the songs 1984 (the guitar on this one good heavens), Friendzy, and Wish You Well. Okay, that’s over half the album… just listen to the whole thing, and check out Breakers while you’re at it.