The Trend: Just Another Friday Single Review

Ronnie McCluskey reviews the latest release from indie rockers The Trend, “Just Another Friday”.

It’s been almost a year since their belting EP Something to Shout About and The Trend – fresh off a balls-to-the-wall set at Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland – have been back in the recording studio.

Just Another Friday, their latest single, is the band’s first with Sound-Hub Records and exudes the characteristic invigorating energy for which they’re known. A scuffed urban tale about the almost quintessentially Scottish perils of a Friday night – when the after-work crowd get paralytic in Wetherspoon’s and, before last orders, get ‘ready for killing each other’ – the track opens on a pacy electric guitar and builds a head of steam before combusting around the 0.35 mark. Stylistically it’s got a touch of Madchester to it, though it fits nicely in The Trend catalogue.

The Britpop revivalists have honed a confident, almost swaggering sound these past few years, with all members’ talents and personalities cohering nicely. Just Another Friday shows the lads firing on all cylinders, both lyrically and musically, and though the lyrics themselves are grim, the instrumentation is as contagious and adrenaline-fuelled as ever. The track is accompanied by a slick video shot by NME Award-winning photographer Arpad Hovarth, which you can check out below.

Just Another Friday’s single launch will be held at Broadcast, in Glasgow city centre, on Just Another Saturday – specifically tonight, the 18th, with support provided by Caulder and The Label. If you’re not already on the bandwagon, now’s the time.

Words by Ronnie McCluskey