It’s been a common theme of topic in the past few years: “Rock and roll is dead”, “Rock music is nowhere.” The same thing was said 10 years ago. And the ten years before that. But has it really died? Or have people just become lazy, sticking to mainstream radio stations or classic rock bands rather than seeking out new talent?
Kevin Connor, a.k.a The Trust Fund Kids is one of those new talents; a sign that the younger generation is as ready as ever to keep rock music flowing.
Starting off by self-recording with two microphones and an electronic drum kit, Connor began by producing his songs on Garageband, before moving to Logic as he gained in confidence, noting that “what used to be a scary beast to me, is now my best friend.”
Drifting between elements of rock and pop, and almost verging into psychedelia, ‘This Time Next Year’ takes you on a journey through different genres – Connor is unafraid to experiment with both his production and writing.
“I’d say my ambitions are to try and make weird pop songs in a lot of different genres that I’m really proud of. I talk about a lot of the issues I’ve had with panic attacks and anxiety,” he states.
The album is audacious, fiery, and red-blooded; propelling hard-hitting lyrics into tireless riffs.
From the bright, fuzzy melody of ‘Hello My Friend’, to the heavier, murkiness of ‘Orlando Gloom’, the unstoppable energy of each track is towering.
The instrumental ‘Be Cool’ throws together hypersonic riffs and psychedelic melodies to create a spirited tune, with an infectious dancey quality, feeding into the same fizzing effervescence of ‘Portmanteau’, ‘Always On My Mind’ and single ‘Mercy Me’.
Released across the past year, singles ‘Waiting On You’, ‘Adderall’, ‘Evelyn’, ‘Loving You (Is Such A Waste Of Time)’ and ‘Let’s Assume The Worst Forever’ relish in stadium-filling choruses and pit-inciting riffs – the fearless spirit of Connor is relentless.
‘Growing Up’ is the perfect end to the album. Subdued guitar notes building up into something seemingly euphoric, yet matched in melancholy. 8 minutes long, yet it’s impossible to skip a single second. With lyrics surrounding the pain of growing older, and the long to be a kid again – it’s easily the highlight of the album,
It may only be March, but ‘This Time Next Year’ is certainly a contender for Album of the Year. The Trust Fund Kids is destined for sell-out gigs and festival slots – paving the DIY music scene for years to come, and proving that rock music will never truly die.