Sometimes a Song is Just a Cigar EP (2016)

by Trampoline

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Trampoline is a charismatic anti-rock outfit that was founded in the summer of 2014. At the band's helm is the idiosyncratic and evocative songwriting of Michelle Lecnik (guitarist and vocalist) and the creative interplay between Steve Martens (drums, vocals) and Joey Penner (bass, vocals) . The musical arrangements are cinematic and percussive, blending styles of punk, indie rock and prog, with elements of folk and 90s rock nostalgia. Charged by the whims of satire, dark humour and deeply heartfelt emotion, Trampoline explores the highs and lows of the human experience and has you bouncing while they do. 


released January 22, 2016

All songs written by Michelle Lecnik and arranged with Trampoline
Recorded with Lloyd Peterson at Paintbox Studio
Mastered by Jamie Sitar at Outta Town Sound
Cover art by Emily Sydor


There are many different ways to create a song. Countless artists have decided to play it safe and write in basic forms or styles, running the risk of sounding the same. Winnipeg band, Trampoline, does not have this problem. On their first EP titled, Sometimes a Song is Just a Cigar, the four piece, self-proclaimed ‘anti-rock band,’ creates a hodge podge of cool melodies, exciting guitar licks and fun background noises. These complement the witty and intelligent lyrics that play on everyday thoughts and phrases. There are many times when you’ll think lead singer, and lyricist, Michelle Lecnik, is speaking directly to you. On first listen Lecnik’s raw voice will catch you off guard, but give it a few seconds and you will be thoroughly enjoying the unique tone. Musically, Trampoline combines many different melodic ideas and sounds adding harmonic layers to each recording. Their experiments with fun tones and crazy background voices sound like something Frank Zappa would put on one of his albums. Once you are finished listening to this EP of four songs you will probably want to listen to it again. A set of definite head bobbing tracks that you will never grow tired of.

- Alex Roberecki


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