The band entered the Contact 89FM Battle of the Bands on three occasions, placing third in 1997, and eventually losing out to Trucker in 1998 (for whom Dolf played bass also). The following year Trinket were victorious.
Recording and releasing material on cassette tapes, Trinket built up quite a following around Hamilton due to goofy yet irresistible songs like Girly Gumshoe, and a tendency to play raucous, highly energetic, equipment-smashing live sets.
A number of Trinket songs referenced the equipment they were using at the time, such as Casiotone and an early rendition of Harmonic Generator, which would later become a well-known song for The Datsuns.
In 2000 they changed their name to The Datsuns.