Review Summary: I'd rather die than date another bad troll
With the rather unfortunate advent of TikTok, talentless would-be flashes-in-the-pan struggling to make it in the music industry have found a rather decent avenue to open themselves up to bigger exposure. Comedic acts designed solely to piss people off have also found a new way to drive teeny-bopper teenage girls and Twitter emos alike up the wall. One of these bands is pop punk outfit Tramp Stamps
. Assuming you don't obsessively follow music drama, this all-female trio has gotten themselves into every single level of controversy imaginable: accusations of everything from inauthenticity, being punk posers, racism, homophobia, and even working with Dr. Luke; it's pretty hard to come by anyone with even cursory knowledge of the band who didn't
discover them due to their status as controversy magnets. Despite this, i'm fully convinced that this band is an elaborate troll—do you really expect a band marketing themselves as "pop punk" to have zero awareness of Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life" and only minimal knowledge of My Chemical Romance?
With that in mind, another piece of evidence pointing to these three existing solely to troll the TikTok community is their latest "masterpiece": We Got Drunk And Made An EP
. For a band that so aggressively promotes themselves to be so pop punk, they pull far more influence from La Roux, 3OH!3 and modern Fall Out Boy than groups such as the aforementioned MCR and All Time Low, to the point where "electropop" is a far more accurate genre tag to slap on their music. Bar "I'd Rather Die", the music is light on guitars and heavy on synths; electronic instrumentation and auto-tune dominate all six tracks, which lyrically focus almost exclusively on sex (fitting the stereotype of "all top 40 pop is about sex and nothing else"). Despite the descriptors sounding dangerously close to the second coming of Blood on the Dance Floor, in all honesty the only truly offensive track is "1-800-miss-ur-guts", which fails to work even as a joke due to the horrendous lyricism:
Just a Tumblr girl
And a skater boy
Taking on the world
Stuck in Illinois
The production is your standard hypercompressed pop fare complementing the largely inoffensive pop found within the EP. Other than the fact that the band behind it is an elaborate troll putting minimal effort into the music, there isn't really much to go in-depth about when it comes to We Got Drunk And Made An EP
, which makes sense considering that they couldn't even be bothered to make any effort when naming
the EP. They're far from the next Tom MacDonald, but the brand of trolling that Tramp Stamps is trying to pull is only effective on the younger crowd, as the rest of us have seen it all before. It's unamusing, it's stupid, but it's forgettable. Don't feed them and they will leave us alone.