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Troup / Press

“As far as we are concerned Troup is the next big thing! Formed by Wales-born songwriter Alex Troup, his L.A.-bred quintet Troup, is a mix of classic rock and indie pop. The group’s debut album, “Last Chance for Romance,” is already getting spins on KCRW, KCSN, Moheak Radio, BBC Radio, among others.”

“Editor's Pick - Troup "Last Chance for Romance"”

“Alex Troup's L.A.-bred quintet Troup has synthesized the singer-guitarist’s keen sense of melody, arena-rock urges and deft juggling of the melancholy and hopeful on the album “Last Chance for Romance.” It’s a jump forward on the path Troup began over a decade ago in the U.K., where the Wales-born songwriter fronted the band Crashland....Troup has arrived at a still-radio-friendly sound that reflects his new American roots.”

“Here is a question for you all. What happens when you take a Wales-born musician fully ensconced in the Britpop scene and throw him into the emerging Indie rock scene of California? Think of a chemical solution. Sometimes you squeeze some fluid into the solution and, while you may be covering your face and bracing for impact, nothing happens. In this situation, the solution popped, and out erupted an intriguing mixture of Coldplay-esque melody and west-coast indie. The sound that splashes your ears is heavy on melody, harmony, and soul. And it ain’t acid. It’s damn refreshing. So how about we take a dip into Troup.”

“Troup. is an interesting mesh of talent from both sides of the pond. The band is based out of Los Angeles, but front man, Alex Troup, hails from Wales. His British influence is undeniably present in the new band's work, but their overall sound is growing closer and closer to that of an American-rooted rock band. Their debut album, titled "Last Chance For Romance," is a testament to this. I'm most interested in a specific song off the album, however, which was sent to us by our friends at Cheeky Nasty (It's a management company, I swear). It's called Mickey Mouse Teeth and I have listened to it numerous times since it fell into my lap. And despite my obsessiveness over it, I still don't fully understand what it's about, hence my eagerness to ask Troup a few questions. Hit the jump below to read through my brief chat with Alex Troup about the UK and the song...”

“Los Angeles’ Troup has been getting a lot of radio love in the region for their debut album Last Chance For Romance, which has an alt-pop mix of Wilco and Tonic. The standout of the album is easily “Runaway,” a rich sweet nugget of 90s pop nostalgia which manages to be catchy and upbeat despite being about the woman Alex Troup let get away. Though most of the 90s rock bands I grew up on will likely be relegated to a discount bin, Troup goes after a loftier goal — bringing the alternative rock of that era into the realm of classic rock. In the end it’s all about how good the song is, and “Runaway” is a repeater — once you have the hook in your head you’ll be singing it everywhere you go. This is proof a song doesn’t need to be complicated to be a keeper.”

“Local Anesthetic band of the week”