Trashmonkeys is a German outfit that has already been around for more than ten years and with “Smile” they have recently released their fifth album. Their sound is firmly rooted in garage, punk, ska (“Bad Day”) and comes with – unfortunately – a very present German accent.
All the songs may sound somewhat familiar, probably because they stole half from The Hives and the other half from The Beatsteaks. But that’s okay because in the end “Smile” is a fun little album with “Isolation” as my personal favorite. There’s plenty of rattling guitars, rolling drums and snotty vocals to keep you going for a while and the addition of synths here and there rounds it all out nicely.
Score: 6.5 out of 10
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