It is a sad fact that all good things must come to an end. Such is the case with Chesterfield quartet TRASH. Together for four years, the indie darlings – made up of Dan Longmore, Tom Barton, Evan Martin and Brad Weston – dropped their debut EP back in 2015 following this up with a string of glistening pop tunes and their self-titled EP last August, which had them hailed as one of Britain’s most exciting new bands.
“Being good at doing things has never really interested me,” frontman Dan says of the split. “I don’t really care as long as I enjoy what I’m doing. For example, I always lose on FIFA but I can’t stop playing it. I cook for my family but never expect approval or feedback. It’s just something I find therapeutic. The same goes for music. Whenever people used to ask me about TRASH, I’d end the conversation the same way every time: ‘I enjoy doing it and that’s what’s important.’ And then I stopped enjoying it and that was hard to come to terms with.
But life’s too short to continue with things you don’t enjoy. If your job gets shit, you should probably get out. If your relationship gets shit, you should probably get out. If being in a band gets shit, and if you lose direction or purpose, and if having to compete in the dark and destructive world that is the music industry forces you into a depression, you should probably get out. Don’t stay in it because you feel like you have to. Don’t do it to meet the expectations of others. Be selfish and start living for you. Do it if you enjoy it and don’t do it if you don’t.
We spent four years trying to create something authentic and honest, but there comes a point when you feel like you’ve given all you have to give.”
Having played their last ever on 9 December, today TRASH are dropping three final, farewell, tracks. Some of the best songs they’ve done – in our humble opinions – “While You’re Mine”, “All I’ve Got To Do Is Forget You” and “Bored” showcase the quartet’s signature indie-pop melodies and shimmering sounds and are, quite frankly, bloody lovely.
Ending on a definite high note, we wish the guys the best for the future and will be playing these songs all day. Probably whilst crying.