As a band toting the name of a Motley Crue song, there are no surprises and certainly no shiny gameshow prizes for guessing that White Trash Circus are as rock as the neckache associated with a night’s headbanging. However, hailing from the somewhat less glam Edinburgh, White Trash Circus are more backroom rock and roll than the gloss of the Crue’s bright-light stage show.
Ok, so its straight-up rock n roll – no frills, no gimmicks, and… no thrills? Perhaps not for those who say they’ve seen it all before, and yet anyone with a real passion for rock never gets past that momentary clench that comes with hearing fingers and feet pulsing the hell out of instruments.
Vocally, White Trash Circus see-saw between a gruffer tone and Axl Rose territory – particularly in ‘Break the Chain’, which has more than a glimmer of ‘Guns ‘n’ Roses’ about its chops, but are best when it’s easy to hear the accented character as in ‘Never Back Down’. This is probably White Trash Circus’ signature track and quite rightly so – from its foot-tapping bounce riffs to its straight-to-memory chorus, it’s back-to-basics, and good for it.
Although these tracks hail from the band’s 2008 EP, things have been a little quiet in the White Trash Circus camp for a while following various line up changes. However as they look to lock this down, 2011 is earmarked as the emergence of the new White Trash Circus sound. Hopefully one that borrows just a touch more Motley Crue spark to really bring the circus to town.