Trouble In Mind (2014)
I've probably been a little harsh on Trouble In Mind records lately. Though I certainly don't think that I've given too many of their recent 7"s what I would call bad reviews, I have been lamenting that they've been moving towards bands that I'm just not as into. While I can appreciate diverse music and people having different tastes than me, it doesn't really change the fact that I've just been lukewarm on their recent flurry of psych tinged bands. I am still committed to my goal of having the colored vinyl versions of their first 50 singles, but when you get something like Negative Scanner, you start to rethink if you really want to put an arbitrary cap on things.
Negative Scanner is punk rock. No frills, downstroke heavy, Wipers with female vocals sounding punk rock. It's so refreshing and honest. There's a real trend these days with bands adding tons of extra layers of sound to their music and often time that either clutters things up or perhaps masks the band's shortcomings. Negative Scanner lays it all on the line without any extra gimmicks. From the pounding guitar of "Ambitious People" to the short, sweet and to the point "Evening News," this is rock and roll distilled to its most basic and enjoyable form.
This is why I buy all Trouble In Mind singles. Even if I've never heard of the band, there's usually a pretty good chance I may discover something new. And the collection of Trouble In Mind colored 7"s grows once again.
Negative Scanner - "Ambitious People":