"Trampoline will be everyone's favorite band by 2019". - Gary Yates, film director
"Local band Trampoline has created a 15-track rock opera of its own, called Happy Crimes, and it's conceptual breadth, lyrical depth and audacious musicality should have people singing its praises far and wide. The tale itself is laced with an impressive litany of biblical and literary influences, a panoply of Zappa-esque carnival noises, cinematic narrative passes and turn-on-a-dime time changes. As guitarist, vocalist and, essentially, lead actor, Lecnik can't help but be the focus of this performance, and she's more than up to the task. How Trampoline follows this should be eagerly anticipated." - John Kendle, journalist with Winnipeg Free Press
"There are many different ways to create a song. Countless artists have decided to play it safe and write in basic forms or styles, running the risk of sounding the same. Winnipeg band, Trampoline, does not have this problem. On their first EP titled, Sometimes a Song is Just a Cigar, the four piece, self-proclaimed ‘anti-rock band,’ creates a hodge podge of cool melodies, exciting guitar licks and fun background noises. These complement the witty and intelligent lyrics that play on everyday thoughts and phrases. Their experiments with fun tones and crazy background voices sound like something Frank Zappa would put on one of his albums. A set of definite head bobbing tracks that you will never grow tired of." - Alex Roberecki, The Uniter
"Ever since Jesus Christ Superstar nothing has been the same. Opera has become edgier, more experimental, absorbing popular styles into its dusty Da Ponte extravaganzas. And of course rock has upped the standards in regards to substance. We demand more of lyrics and narrative—and Trampoline has delivered!" - read more at https://badgardeningadvice.com/reviews/f/trampoline---happy-crimes
"We've all had a lot of time to think in recent months, time to ponder life, it's meaning and purpose. Many shy away; others enjoy the quest and leap into academic or autodidactic study of science, philosophy, religion and more. Michelle Lecnik, Steve Martens and Joey Penner of Trampoline clearly fall into the latter camp and on their second full-length album the three musicians explore the notion of the universe as a cacophonous, fragmented whole. All this admittedly weighty material is set to such engaging and propulsive musical soundscapes that listeners will be unable to resist being drawn in to this fabulously esoteric romp. 4.5 stars." - John Kendle, journalist with Winnipeg Free Press
"Michelle’s provocative vocal delivery – comparable to Patti Smith or Fiona Apple – is tailored to suit the message of each song on Happy Crimes. From the intensity of “Mary Alice” to the sweetness of “Twins on Fire,” she is a singer who employs a wide range of vocal techniques to get her point across with sincerity." - Grace Hrabi, Stylus magazine
Astral Master is one of our absolute favourite songs. We were made aware of Trampoline by some lovely volunteers at Real Love Summer Fest in Gimli, Manitoba. They advised us to check them out so later on, in the comfort of our room at the Red Dog Inn, we did just that. We were immediately moved by the masterful instrumentation, the stark vulnerability of the lyrics, and the cinematic quality of the arrangement. It is evident from their music that Trampoline have a beautiful and special friendship that is a joy to witness.
- Lucy MacDonald Niles, Partner (New Brunswick)
"Trampoline is the power of the Pixies, the weirdness of the Violent Femmes and the soundscapes of Sigur Ros." - Darren Johnston, producer/musician/sound technician
"Dare I say it, but I think we've got a fresh one. Their lyrics will make you laugh while leaving your brain stirring on the serious undertones later. With the variety brought to the table from each member, you can listen to this band with any mood and it will probably still be fitting." - Kaitlyn Farrell, writer with Stylus Magazine
"Great band with a new style; quirkily insightful and bizarrely deep lyrics that you can still dance to. Trampoline will be nestling up amongst the greats." - Douglas Tataryn, PhD.
“A Trampoline show is a wonder- wildly creative and invigorating. It is not uncommon for a venue to go into hush as the crowd marvels at the superb guitar playing of Michelle Lecnik while Steve Martens fires off a storm of wild rhythms and Joey Penner holds it down with wonderful vocal harmonies and the perfect counter-melody on bass. A live show that is never the same twice. There is nothing quite like them and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do next.” - Darren Day, host of Day for Night and Near and Far radio with CKUW.
"This sui generis group of creatures can elevate you to places you've only dreamt of. They can provoke the demons who dwell in the pits of your abandoned subconscious. Hell and heaven collide in a phenomenal explosion of possessing sounds and impactful words when the music of Trampoline is experienced and embraced. Pretty good band." - Emily Sydor, artist
"It should also be noted that underground favourites like Ex Modern Teen, field////, The Famous Sandhogs, Trampoline, Gareth Williams, Twin, Mulligrub, Young Pixels, and Basic Nature have contributed considerably to the creative wellbeing of the city." - Nicholas Friesen, writer with Label Obscura
“A Trampoline show is a wonder- wildly creative and invigorating. It is not uncommon for a venue to go into hush as the crowd marvels at the superb guitar playing of Michelle Lecnik while Steve Martens fires off a storm of wild rhythms and Jey Penner holds it down with wonderful vocal harmonies and the perfect counter-melody on bass. A live show that is never the same twice. There is nothing quite like them and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do next.” - Darren Day, host of Day for Night and Near and Far radio with CKUW.
"Trampoline songs feel like someone took my deepest darkest fears, thoughts, and insecurities and resurrected them into catchy melodies." - Steve Keys, musician
"Truly honoured to have played with the TRULY one-of-a-kind-unique-quirky-powerful-cerebral-epic Trampoline. Their album Happy Crimes is a masterpiece." - Kyle Halldorson, Dizzy Mystics
"Happy Crimes is amazing! It was like a soulful, poetic tribute to every living being in the times we are in. I felt deeply moved by it." - Chris, business and marketing
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"I basically want you to punch me in the face." - Candace Houle, music eater
"There's this new band called Trampoline - I really like 'em. It's like they've taken the rock band template and given it a good healthy shake-up. How? Well, like all good art Trampoline's music is difficult to pin down. There's layers of contrast. The songs are soulful, but still weird. They're having fun, but they take it really seriously. They have influences from poetry to punk to prog. Some parts you can dance to, sometimes you're just transported by the sudden time changes and barnyard animal noises. And they make me laugh. Highly recommended." - Lloyd Peterson, audio engineer/record producer