If you were thinking about classical myths when you saw that title, congratulations on your fine education. For me, “Trojan Horse” is an absolutely wonderful band that I like enough to have seen three times in three weeks – and I am going back for more next week.
Fine quality songwriting is at the heart of the experience you get. What makes these guys stand out so much from the crowd of wannabe pop stars is Troy Henderson’s delicate and varied lyrics and his mastery of writing a bunch of very catchy tunes that stay in your head.
Yes, it’s played beautifully. Yes, these four guys really rock out and give a terrific show. So do lots of bands. Hardly anyone writes songs this good. Trust me on this. I go to a lot of shows.
The extraordinary thing is that I have watched Troy become a better and better performer with each gig. He is ably supported by the others, including Ben Hayes, Ben Ramster and Miguel Angel Serna Ruiz. Managed by the very wonderful Jena Chupungco, the band is building up a London following.
Troy is modest enough to think this increase of fans is happening because he has good friends and because Jena’s working hard (and she is). It’s actually because you are such an excellent singer and songwriter, Troy, with some heartbreakingly beautiful turns of phrase and gorgeous variations of melody.
Far and away the best of these songs is “I Wanna Be Your Man/Alright” which makes you think about the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and a whole lot of memorable rhythm and blues’ classics. I cannot stop humming it.
Having written that, there isn’t a dud song here. They are all great.
“Avenge” starts out with a slow and pop tempo and builds to almost heavy metal levels. “Hold On .. She Said” has those gorgeous wave rhythms the Beach Boys do so well, but there is a bit of B52s in this too. It has a fantastic subversive edge, as do all of Troy’s songs.
“Bright City Lights, Big City Nights” goes to somewhere between the honky tonk and the jazz bar.
Steve Earle might have written “Fight It Out” in one of his rock moods.
Everything just shines and makes you feel good, even though the lyrics can be quite bleak about relationships gone wrong and broken dreams. The music shimmers and lifts the words to hopefulness and joy.
You can see them for free at the Garage at the World’s End in Finsbury Park, London on August 11th. If you want to hear them, go to:
You will thank me for leading you towards them when they are rich and famous. You can say you saw them early in their career. If you get their autographs, you probably won’t need a pension plan.