REVIEW: "He's So Good," the newest release from Trash Boat
This is reminiscent of the late 00’s and early 10’s emo music that we all still hold dear; however, Trash Boat have refined it, brought it to the now and wholly elevated the sound. It starts off slow, which lasts for about twenty seconds before their signature melodic-punk stylings kick in, lasting until the very end where they return to the softer sound – delivering a masterful final punch.
The song itself deals with an important subject: familial unacceptance of their LGBTQIA+ children. Speaking to Kerrang!, vocalist Tobi Duncan had this to say about He’s So Good: "This is about reminding people that they’re not responsible for other people’s prejudices. When I think about sexuality, I consider it to be something that’s a transcendental part of human identity – all it really means is to be known," and "All of this boils down to the fact that I want He’s So Good to be used as a reference point, a point of power and an energy to these people who’ve gone through this stuff to know there is a song written with them in mind."
It tells the story of a boy who is outed to his parents and is met with prejudice, when all they want is to be who they are, love who they love, and be accepted of that. The lyrics themselves are powerful, and in my opinion, some of the best we’ve seen from Trash Boat. They’re delivered with such emotion that you can’t help but get riled up as Duncan sings ‘His father so austere / His boy’s a fucking queer / It makes him want to scream,’ and ‘If it's true that we choose / What's it got to do with you?’