The last time Aaron Brooks, who plays in the progressive rock outfit Simeon Soul Charger, came back home to Northwest Ohio, he had a few beers with Jay his former band mate from the pop-punk group Trendy. They began thinking about a possible reunion show. “We tossed around the idea then,” says Brooks. “When I found out I was coming back to the States, I contacted Jay and Davey, who is living in New York, to see if they were interested. We thought it would be fun." The band is slated to play at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Musica
“People have emailed me asking for CDs. I don’t possess any CDs. I’m relearning the songs because we haven’t played them in 7 years. I’m far removed enough that we can have fun.”
Trendy first formed in 2000 and existed until 2008. It put out three albums during that time period.
“Trendy was a pop punk band,” Brooks says. “When I was a kid, my heroes were Green Day, Bad Religion and NOFX. I might have unknowingly mined those bands. At the end of Trendy, my songwriting style had changed. In the end, we were trying to play those songs live and the fans didn’t understand. We talked about changing the name but we disbanded.”
At one point, the band was even working with Green Day’s management team.
“Everything was going really well and it just sort of fizzled out,” says Brooks.
So will the reunited band still sound like its old self or will it sound like the more mature Simeon Shoul Charger?
“It’ll sound like Trendy,” says Brooks. “We’re sticking to the original songs. It’s been fun to rehearse and revisit the songs. I’m surprised at how quickly they came back. Jay the drummer has all the archives and he had a live performance we did. I was brutally offensive to the audience and they were cheering it on. He reminded me of the front man schtick that I forgot about. I can’t fake my way through that. My stage presence is much more reserved now. I won’t be insulting the audience or using so much profanity. My heart’s not in that stuff.”