You'll Remember Trans Atlantic Crush

Review of Boise Electro-Band's Album

| December 21, 2011

Even the most in-the-know Boise music fans are likely unfamiliar with the name Trans Atlantic Crush. It's not that the band has only played a few word-of-mouth gigs; it hasn't played any. Anywhere. Ever. Which is a shame, because its debut album Remember is easily one of the year's best locally and not just because it was mixed by Guy Massey, a Grammy-winning engineer who turned knobs for The Beatles.

Analog synths swirl and hum amid mid-tempo beats as singer Jim Cochell dishes out harmonies about love and loss.

The album opens with the title track "Remember," in which a choir sings and a synth sweeps. It sounds retro but not much more. Then the chorus comes around and it's suddenly so much more. Strong hooks combine with anthemic lyrics and emotional anchors. The result is a sound smoother than the criminal that hit Annie's place in the '80s.

The general consensus is that electronic music is for dancing. Remember doesn't fit that bill. The primary approach is rooted more in the sort of pop songwriting that ruled the early days of the synthesizer instead of the atmosphere-rich danceable pastiches that have ruled its modern usage.

The album's best song is ""Radio Summer"," which begins as a moody, arpeggiated piano ballad rife with Gatsby-esque themes of trying to bring back a time in which things weren't hopelessly broken. But it quickly turns in to a bouncy sing-a-long that morphs the underlying sadness into a thrilling emotional geyser.

But it's hard to truly qualify "Radio Summer" as the album's best track. Nearly every song on Remember will stick in your head. But there's one potential problem: You may not think of them as being by Trans Atlantic Crush.

With the exception in higher-fidelity recording techniques, Trans Atlantic Crush is nearly indistinguishable from early Depeche Mode. Kids just discovering the glory of dark electro-pop might get it backward and think Depeche Mode is ripping off Trans Atlantic Crush. And for a band that's never played live, there are far worse fates.


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Holy Cow. This is the least informed music article I have ever read in Boise.
I believe that this article has more WRONG information than CORRECT INFO.
This is actually Transatlantic Crushes 4th Album and been playing live in Boise since the 90's. Also Jim isn't the singer.
Josh Gross may want to research his articles before releasing them.

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Posted by Jim Cochell on 12/21/2011 at 1:40 PM

Will the real Jim Cochell please step forward!!! I just wanted to say thank you to the Boise Weekly and Josh Gross for the review of my band Trans Atlantic Crush’s CD Remember. Although there are a few hiccups in the article they were all overlooked by the kind words that were expressed by Mr. Gross. As for the person posting in my name in the previous comment…grow sack and give your real name. This type of drama and backdoor commenting is useless unless you can stand behind your own words.

Best Regards

Jim Cochell Trans Atlantic Crush

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Posted by Jim Cochell on 12/22/2011 at 11:40 AM

Hey this is karlin Nichols ( SINGER for trans atlantic crush ) :) Thanks for the write up! To clarify, This is the forth Trans Album, "Aviator of love" spent weeks at the top of local charts in 94, The band has performed at the Taco bell arena, Bogies, Big damn party ( lucky peak ),the union block building, and numerous out of state gigs. With that said Id like to thank you again for the kind words. Karlin

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Posted by Karlin Nichols on 12/22/2011 at 12:44 PM

Oh my, now I know why I left Boise years ago. It's this kind of B.S. two faced commentary that seems to fuel that town. Mr. Gross is either seriously ill informed, or just trying to take a tongue-in-cheek stab at the band. Either way, this is classic Boise small town drama. If you aren't sitting at the "cool table" you are going to receive this sort of a response. I have known Mr. Cochell and Mr. Nichols for a VERY long time. Neither of those gentleman are the weak willed type to subscribe to such nonsense, and they are certainly not driven by any desire to be any part of "that club". They are a couple of real artists with integrity and character, and are not afraid to speak up and crush the hearts of the wannabe Boise "scene". Mr. Gross sir, either do the proper research to call yourself a journalist, or prepare to take a foot in the ass!

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Posted by Proud to NOT be from Boise on 12/30/2011 at 12:18 PM

Regarding the errors in this article, BW put in a call in to Trans Atlantic Crush’s manager, Noel Gill.

“I think that there is really only one error there, with regards to the singer there. Everything else was pretty consistent,” said Gill. “The band did play, though not as they are.”

Gill said that in 1994 and 1995, Trans Atlantic Crush went on a mini-tour with ’90s R&B group, 4 P.M., which included a show in Boise at the Taco Bell Arena. Gill says they also played gigs like The Big Damn Party and at Bogies.

“And at that time, it was different band than it was now,” said Gill. “The only remaining member is Jim.”

This is where the confusion starts. The current band, featuring Jim Cochell playing with Karlin Nichols, Hawk Dobbins and Troy Shreve, has not ever played live. Something that was expressed to BW in several emails and phone calls with the band before this article was written.

Multiple emails and phone calls with the band all indicate that the band had not yet played, something they themselves acknowledge is somewhat accurate since it is a different band, though it carries the same name.

Both Cochell and Gill have said that they are talking with Live Nation about potential dates, and that is the primary reason the band has yet to book any local gigs.

All that said: the error listing backup vocalist Jim Cochell instead of Karlin Nichols as the primary singer stands. Boise Weekly regrets the error.

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Posted by Josh Gross on 01/05/2012 at 2:42 PM

So, what album did the song "Aviator of Love" come off of???? I would like to know if I can purchase the song???? Or Album?????

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Posted by Marcus Boddington on 08/11/2012 at 7:26 AM

The song Aviator of Love came off their first CD called "Aviator of Love" they often will give fans free downloads of thier older songs, go to their facebook page and see what they can do.!/TransAtlanticCrush

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Posted by Chris on 08/30/2012 at 3:07 PM
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