I've said before that I was very lucky to have Kazu from Waterslide records as a guide while record shopping in Tokyo. For starters, he was invaluable helping to find some of the stores that were off the beaten path. But where he really became indispensable was in the stores themselves, helping find things and recommending a slew of albums I would never have bought otherwise. Egotrunk was one of his selections.
I'd never heard of the band prior to Kazu handing me this CD, but I was taken by the artwork right away. The CD comes in a small envelope and the art itself is printed on a piece of transparent paper, the kind your teacher would have used on an overhead projector in the eighth grade in 1991. It's a striking little package that really grabs your eye. But once you've opened the envelope, it's the music that grabs your attention.
Starting things off is a slower instrumental intro song. It's weaves and drifts through gently played guitar and reminds me quite a bit of Boys Life. Once the rest of the songs kick in, the volume goes up. There's still a bit of a 90's emo vibe to things, again with Boys Life being a good comparison, but that mixes with loud stuttering guitar riffs and catchy vocal melodies. Nothing about this is the sort of mopey complaining a lot of people think of when you typically drop the "E" word. This is much more akin to the sort of punchy songs you'd expect from Eversor or Rusty James.
Perusing the internet, it looks like Egotrunk have at least one more CDEP as well as a split that I'm going to have to track down. If those songs are as good as these, it'll be worth the hunt.