Let’s face it, nobody gives a shit about local music. Your days are organized around a core belief to avoid of the thousands of musicians in your life begging you to come to their next show.
That cashier at Meijer casually mentioning she’s in a noise rock band and that you should “totally come through tonight,” the thousands of lo-fi Soundcloud fanatics pouring out of the Meanwhile clawing for your earholes, mixtapes falling from the sky like acid rain, you ignore them all, hoping they’ll all just go away like a skin-rash in an intimate area.
I’m sorry to tell you this, but you’ll find no solace here. SkipFiction’s complete and only business plan is to ram new local music into you head with vice-grip-like efficiency.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Lansing-based rock and roll, nü-emo and Weatherbox lovers Convenient, Trash have two new singles fresh from the riff factory. Oh, and one more thing before we get into it: I used to play bass in Convenient, Trash. I loved ‘em and left ‘em a couple years ago. In this article I might be a little biased, I might be a little scornful and imbued with a growing hatred of their recent success, but you might be a little happier with some new music in your day so proceed with caution, I guess.
Frontman Logan Boyle, guitarist Dalton Thorns, bassist Blake Haw, and drummer Keith Ellis released “Separation Anxiety” and “Bernard Actually Did Go To The Farm” shortly after being signed to the Austin-based label We’re Trying Records.
Boyle said “Separation Anxiety” is about that feeling we all get when we’re hanging out with our loved ones: when the inevitability of their departure becomes an overbearing reality.
“I noticed that when I was hanging out with people that I used to be around a lot in Lansing, or that I used to be around a lot in general, I’d just immediately start thinking that it’s not always going to be like that,” Boyle said.
Convenient, Trash’s second single, “Bernard Actually Did Go To The Farm”, is a good old fashioned relationship song.
“It’s mostly about how we as people- in order to get through something traumatic or through loss- can get invested in relationships and think that they’re in the relationship because they want to be but in all reality they’re just using it to get through, like I said, previous loss.”
Boyle summed up the singles saying, “I don’t know if these feelings are unique to me, I would assume not. I’m sure there are plenty of people who have felt the same way.”
Maybe he’s right, maybe his feelings are not unique. Maybe you feel like that. If so, Convenient, Trash might be able to help. Just type weretryingrecords.com/artists/convenient-trash/ into your browser, hit play and relax to the subtle and calming sounds of a screaming Fender guitar through a Super Big Muff Fuzz pedal. And remember, SkipFiction is here to remind you you can’t escape local music, so don’t even try!