The Trembling
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The Trembling


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The best kept secret in music


"Seduce the Government -Magnet"

“Playful pop punk” is risky; you can come off like a too late for the party k records fan or, worse, a nickelodeon buzz band. Detroit’s Trembling gets it right, however. This EP maintains a charmingly naive surface veneer, but lurking beneath the sing-songy vocals, jangle-fuzz guitars and sprinting rhythms is a well-oiled garage/punk band. Lead track “Catch Up” smears surftone organ all over the mix for that crucial nuggets effect, “Closet Slackers” throws some Superchunk-y attitude up in your face, and “Askin’ for it” suggests a female-fronted Buzzcocks (or a more ramshackle Sleater-Kinney). Six songs, no fluff.

-Fred Mills
- Magnet

"Seduce the Government -Venus"

The Trembling is yet another relatively young band hailing from Detroit, Michigan, but don’t be fooled by that description. This trio refuses to ape its hometown contemporaries, avoiding any garage rock bandwagon. Instead, The Trembling relishes much more perennial and perhaps classic sound: three-chord punk-pop. And who can resist such a timeless and catchy sugary-sweet confection?

Kelli Miller’s and Monday Busque’s vocals wrap around each other as part of the standard girl-punk sound but it’s Busque’s tight bass playing that is the band’s biggest draw. With its beaming and energetic hooks that hark back to a friendly, feminist ‘90s mosh pit, the trembling has an underdog spirit mixed with humor, especially when it name-checks its hometown. On “Dilapidate” Detroit is a “fucking cesspool” where “punk rock is out of place,” but so what? If you come to town, this trio would be happy to show you around.

-Karen Newman
- Venus

"Seduce the Government -Giant Robot"

From the home of the Pistons and bad cars comes The Trembling with their brand of “snap, crackle, pop punk.” Singing about their boring town and teen-angst–even though I think they’re in their twenties–they have the makings to be a good band like The Bangs. Raw with energy and on the same label as The Hissyfits, they’re on their way to van tours across the country. The music video is kind of silly, but the fact that they even have one on the CD is funny.

-GR Staff
- Giant Robot

"Art for the Masses -Exoduster"

Several years into their musical journey, Detroit-based the Trembling unleash their latest and best release for the unassuming masses. Composed of Kelli Miller on guitar/vocals, Monday Busque on bass/keys/vocals and Jason Vast Binder-Sherman on drums, the Trembling offer up some of the coolest indie punk going across the ten tracks on Art for the Masses. Echoing past indie darlings like Park Ave. and early-Superchunk, the Trembling provide both female and male vocals – sometimes together and others times one dominant – to produce an enticing product. Admittedly, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Trembling’s sound. Probably the sweetest thing about the Trembling is that they come off like your favorite local band even if you are not from Detroit. That is, nothing is polished – either musically or production-wise – but their obvious attention to catchy riffs and vocals endear them immediately. It is also clear that the Trembling have become much better songwriters since their previous EP, as the songs have more texture and direction than past endeavors. The one knock that one could make against the Trembling is their preference for long drawn out punk numbers. For instance, several of the track reach five minutes and it is sometimes difficult to keep concentration and not get jaded by slow repetition. On certain songs, the Trembling are straight up Superchunk but with more of a pop edge – this is particularly the case on the terrific “Convenient Girlfriend” were Busque’s vocals are a dead ringer for Mac. And in that respect, the Trembling should think of relocating to the indie rock haven of Chapel Hill and help bring the scene back to the top. Other hot songs to take note of from Art for the Masses include “Critical,” “Follow the Lead,” the bass punk dribbling “The Street” and “Miserable Flight.” If you are looking for a new favorite local band that excels in indie punk then you can’t do much better than the Trembling. Hopefully, the Trembling will take more of their act on the road to the spread the gospel.

- Exoduster


Art for the Masses - Full length record released on Boyarm and Top Quality Rock and Roll

One Scene to Another - Canadian Indie Pop Tribute Record released on Plumline Records

Seduce the Government - EP released on Top Quality Rock and Roll

Shooting Blanks/Oberlin - split 7 inch release with New Grenada on Plumline Records


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Trembling's brand of indie punk harkens back to a time of grrrls-only mosh pits and an all-ages-only ethos. Early hometown (ie: Detroit) reactions were mixed. Some cheered on the effort while others said, "sure they're cute and catchy," but shrugged their shoulders at whatever it was that got their panties in a bunch.

See, when the trio formed in 2000, Roe had long-since clobbered Wade, feminist ideals and a DIY attitude appeared to be sticking around, and most punk kids were lolling in a post-Clinton haze of semi-contentment.

Fast forward five fast years, a CDEP, a split 7-inch and compilation appearances, a line-up change, countless shows that get consistently better and better, a few mini-tours and a couple wars, and now everyone is starting to get it.

Heck, Norma McCorvey (aka Roe) has since changed her view on abortion and now directs the Crossing Over Ministry, an anti-abortion organization. And remember the presidential election? WTF!

We digress... "Art For the Masses," the Trembling's first full length, a split release by Top Quality Rock 'n' Roll and Boy Arm, is out now.

And in true post-power-pop-punk antifashion, it filters the Pixies and Bikini Kill through the Ramones' three-chord strainer, wandering but waking you up in a way where, song after song, you won't know whether you should pump your fist, hop-up-and-down or do the twist. The angst is still there, but it's currently pursuing a graduate degree.

Super-fun and super-relevant, the boy-girl, call-and-response, call-to-arms vocals are a highlight. As is Busque's ridiculously tight bass playing — a single solid argument for how the world benefits from Adult ADHD. But just wait until you get to the surprise ending, a slow-skater for sure, "Art for the Masses" might even make you tear up a bit.

-Melissa Giannini