Trashcan Sinatras - In the Music (4 stars)

Trashcan Sinatras - In the Music

Nineteen years since their debut, Cake, and five years since their last set, Weightlifting, Irvine’s finest export, Trashcan Sinatras, spread their welcome musical manifesto of love, peace and relaxed harmonies once again.

With no criticism intended, C-86-inspired frontman Frank (brother of Eddi) Reader, threads his way through classy songs such as ‘People’ (think Aztec Camera), ‘Prisons’ (think Del Amitri) and The Smiths-esque title track, while ‘Easy on the Eye’ is basically a fusion of Travis and the riff from Bread’s ‘Guitar Man’.

However, this is no indie-music heist – for the Trashcans have been around long enough now be fingured as an influence rather than being influenced, and then there’s the imaginative capture of American legend Carly Simon on backing vocals for ‘Should I Pray?’, or the Bacharach-like ‘Oranges and Apples’. An all round great album.

(Lo-Five Records)

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