It’s not as if we’re short of strong albums this summer. Trophy Eyes have put one out. So have As It Is. And they’re not the only ones. That Trash Boat’s Crown Shyness still stands out like a flash of lightning in a stormy sky says it all. The influences on their second full-length release are myriad (check out our album review for some evidence of that) but it’s their ability to carve out a path all their own that makes the five-piece so interesting. Not that ‘interesting’ is quite big enough an adjective to describe the St. Albans outfit. In fact, you’d struggle to find any words that quite convey the passion and honesty at the heart of Crown Shyness. Even more significant perhaps is the feeling that Trash Boat’s latest is as much a fight as it is a collection of songs. And to hear the quintet battling so hard to discover who they are and what they’re worth is inspiring. It makes us want to work harder as well. To find out what our strengths are. And then to make those strengths even stronger. So, yeah, by being their best selves, Trash Boat are motivating us to be our best selves too. And if that doesn’t make them worthy of being Sound of Pen’s band of the month, we don’t know what does…