Trent Fox & the Tenants
Mess Around EP
Trent Fox & the Tenants have a surf-inflected vibe to their sound the belies the band’s landlocked status. The Trashmen were from Minnesota, though, so there’s a precedent for the snotty garage this foursome plays. All the songs on the Mess Around EP are full-on party starters, sounding like the Black Lips, but without all the flower power and hipster annoyances.
One of my favorite garage rock traditions is when the folks singing backup sound like they’ve knocked back a couple of shots before taking the mic. Such is the case in the title track to Trent Fox and the Tenants‘ forthcoming 7-inch, Mess Around. There’s also some excellent surf-styled guitar holding it all together, making for a single that I’m looking forward to hearing all of.
It’s coming out on Wisconsin’s Kind Turkey Records, and being as how the label and band both hail from that state, the release is on Packer-colored vinyl. That’s right: the first 100 are on yellow vinyl, with green labels, to honor the green and gold. The Packers were NFC champions when this went to press, and now they’re Superbowl champions, so this is a nice bit of luck for the folks for fans of the band and the team.
Pre-order’s up now on Kind Turkey’s website, and the record’s due out February 22. If you order, you’ll get an instant download of the 7-inch, and it’ll ship on the 21st. Pre-orders are limited to 70 copies, so I’d get on that pronto, especially if you want the limited Packer colors.
MP3: Trent Fox and the Tenants, “Mess Around”