Formed in mid-2015, Melbourne four-piece The Tropes have built a reputation for delivering rich and hooky rock’n’roll. James Mclean’s (Junior Fiction) vocals have a warmth and Ramones-like depth to them. The bright guitar work from Laura Saba (Tragic Carpet) is sharp-edged, fast-forwarding through guitar-pop history to borrow as much from the Kinks as from the Replacements. Strong rhythms from Rowan Docherty and Georgia Ehrlich (Wet Lips) who rounds things out behind the kit, providing a frenetic counterpoint to Mclean’s smooth as butter vocal melodies.
The bands 2018 LP ‘Bottom Of The Ocean’ received initial acclaim although, it’s an album that is growing in popularity and praise as time goes on through word of mouth. According to Roolette Records founder Carsten Bruhn, “Bottom Of The Ocean is one of the greatest rock albums I’ve heard in my life and deserves to be in any of those 100 albums of all time lists. Great art with this kind of continuity deserves a much bigger audience and I’m certain this will happen in time”.