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Star of Wonder

by Trolley

All melody and energy, Trolley's "Star of Wonder" ranks with the Phil Spector and Beach Boy's Christmas albums. Chiming guitars and three-part harmonies recall early R.E.M., The Jam, and The Byrds.
Genre: Holiday: Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Holiday
0:20 $0.99
2. Christmas in the Marketplace
2:37 $0.99
3. We Three Kings
2:16 $0.99
4. It's Christmas
1:53 $0.99
5. Describe Eternity
2:24 $0.99
6. I'll Be Home For Christmas
2:24 $0.99
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"This quartet hails from Milwaukee, but considering their four-part harmonies (not to mention matching mod suits), they could easily be mistaken for Liverpudlians circa 1962. On this six song EP, they mix raw originals, the best of which is "Christmas in the Marketplace", with ragged covers, including a rock version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas". Sure sign of great things to come: With their foray into Christmas music, Trolley exhibits an old-school inventiveness, and a sense of play, that eludes too many of their contemporaries. Good stuff."
- Jim Walsh, St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Trolley has been as prolific and versatile as the great rock groups from the '60s that its bandmates admire. Since the 1996 release of Trolley's magnificent pop-rock CD debut, the Milwaukee quartet has gone wild making EPs, a recording format that affords more tracks than a single but fewer than on a full album. Trolley has released a punk rock EP, a surf instrumental EP, and now - in time for the holidays - a Christmas EP, "Star of Wonder". Some traditional songs are definitely rearranged: "We Three Kings" is drenched in surf guitar reverb and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" sounds like an ancient Anglo-Celtic ballad revved up to punk tempo. The originals are even better. "Describe Eternity" is an urgent, minor-key love song with a holiday setting. Powered by electric guitars that jangle like bells, "Christmas in the Marketplace" registers its meaning in the realm of human emotions, out there beyond reason."
- Dave Luhrssen, Milwaukee Magazine

"This six-song holiday EP, apparently first released way back in 1997. Despite all the time gone by, they're still worth knowing about, bringing us a fine variety of jangly guitar pop-rock that keys off original Sixties sources like the Beatles and the Byrds by way of later power poppers -- their "Christmas in the Marketplace" has a definite resemblance to Murmur-era R.E.M., for example. They get just a touch of surf music into their "We Three Kings," their original "It's Christmas" keys off early Beatles, and then it's Byrds-to-R.E.M. for "Describe Eternity." They cap things off by power-chording their way through "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Highly recommended." -

Trolley is a power pop mod combo based out of Milwaukee, WI, that regularly tours the Midwest and beyond. They have toured with the likes of New Found Glory and Reel Big Fish and have shared the stage with Dick Dale, Los Straightjackets, Cotton Mather and many like-minded pop-freak outfits. Trolley has played Austin's South By Southwest and Toronto's North By Northeast, as well as Milwaukee's Summerfest and Chicago's International Pop Overthrow. With four cds and one 45 to their credit, Trolley entered Madison's Smart Studios to complete mixdown on their latest cd, "Last Chance Dance", with engineer Mike Zirkel, who has worked with Garbage and The London Suede. Combining all the great influence of sixties pop and mod along with seventies punk and new wave, "Last Chance Dance" is truly a gem for the ages. Trolley is currently working on their as-yet-untitled third full-length cd with Ryan Weber and Nick Sanborn of Milwaukee's Decibully. With a kitchen-sink production and Trolley's trademark melodies, harmonies and charging guitars, this one's gonna be a BLOWUP!!! Check out for the latest Trolley updates.



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