Five Hungry Joes – A pictorial archive of the Trashcan Sinatras. Legendary Scottish Band

Metallica? Not Bloody Likely…
June 25, 2016, 8:24 pm
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‘Spoofs’ was the original working title for the Trashcan’s debut album before it was changed to ‘Cake’.

Prior to it’s 1990 release, some music publications did review it under the original title. One such publication was Tennents Live! News – a magazine produced as part of the Tennents Live! music sponsorship programme which focused on the Scottish music scene.

Here’s the review, however, Tracey Pepper was hardly wetting her pants at what she’d just heard.

TLn-3TLn-1TLn-2July 1990 Tennents Live! News Issue #9

Boys Keep Swinging
June 12, 2016, 5:53 pm
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‘Wild Pendulum’ is the sixth album from the Trashcan Sinatras – and it’s a triumph.

Coming seven years after previous album, ‘In The Music’, Wild Pendulum was released with some help from the band’s loyal fan base, who donated in various ways through their Pledgemusic campaign. You could’ve bought a CD, a T-Shirt, a vinyl, a bedtime story, a guitar lesson or even a guitar itself, if you were feeling flush. It’s been a great campaign for the band and those who pledged have been rewarded with a wonderful album.

There’s a different feel to the songs this time with strings and things driving the music along while the guitar riffs get locked up in the back seat. However, don’t let that put you off, they do get unbuckled for a few lovely solos, particularly on track 7, The Neighbours Place – a track which shuffles along at a pace similar to In The Music’s ‘Oranges and Apples’. There’s also another nice little touch on track 3, Ain’t That Something – about half way through, there’s a wee tip-of-the-guitar to ‘The Genius I Was’ from third album ‘A Happy Pocket’ – at least that’s what I hear.

Simon Dine, who many years ago signed the band to Go! Discs, makes a return – adding some rickety Disney-esque flourishes, and, according to the sleeve notes, some ‘sonic scenery’. The whole thing was then brought together by Mike Mogis. If you’re a fan of the work of Conor Oberst, you’ll recognise Mike as a member of Conor’s Bright Eyes project. Mike has produced and performed on a number of releases on Nebraska’s Saddle Creek label and also sprinkled his magic on two albums by Swedish folk duo, First Aid Kit.

The magic continues on Wild Pendulum…

wp_coverwp_cd partwp_cd_packSome pledgers became executive producers for the day and got their names printed on the liner notes…

wp_execswp_redriverwp_spineThe artwork and design on the sleeve is wonderful. Designed by ‘How It Is Nowadays’ who are based in Brooklyn, New York.

wp_mikemogis2016 Trashcan Sinatras / Pledgemusic / Red River Entertainment

You and Whose Army?
June 4, 2016, 12:23 pm
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Here’s a recent article written in my local paper about the wee army of fans who’ve helped keep the Trashcan Sinatras going over the years.


‘Off The Freckord’ is a weekly feature, written by Craig McAllister, and is part of the Freckfest initiative who’s main aim is to revive Irvine’s flagging local music scene.

If you were a member of the Trashcan’s forum (remember that? – screw you Facebook), you’ll know him as the infamous Phil Spector. He also writes the very wonderful and brilliant Plain or Pan blog. There’s a link over there on the left, or you could always just click here.


3 June 2016 Irvine Herald

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