ALBUM REVIEW: Trust Punks – Double Bind

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Rating8Auckland band Trust Punks return with their sophomore album and in the process they’ve tightened their sound, ratcheted up the tension and broadened their interpretation of post-punk.

On 2014’s Discipline they mixed jangling guitars and sparkling, ramshackle melodies and, though those are still a key part of the mix, they’ve now emboldened their sound with a brasher rhythmic attack while bringing in seemingly contradictory sounds such as a xylophone on ‘The Reservoir’.

Their sense of urgency is at the forefront on ‘Good Luck With That’. It’s a rapid-fire, two-minute indie punk song, bristling with melody and intent – in a similar vein to fellow countrymen Die! Die! Die! The editing and arrangements also mark the band out as forward thinking musicians, never content to sit in the box. Instead they kick out the sides and re-fashion it into new, unpredictable shapes. ‘Leaving Room For The Lord’ shows they can push things right into the red with it’s eviscerating, repeated and yelled, chorus of desperation.

Double Bind is also an album that keeps on giving. From the drunken deconstructed waltz of ‘Lawrence’ to the disorienting yet sweet wooziness of ‘Beneath The Commons’, the band keep twisting and manipulating relatively simple songs into inventive musical shapes. That’s the key here and they find just the right balance every time.

This is the type of progressive punk rock that bands like Fugazi, Straitjacket Fits and Sunny Day Real Estate furthered in the 90s and in 2016 Trust Punks are again leading the charge with distinction.

Chris Familton

NEWS: Trust Punks Announce New LP ‘Double Bind’

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Currently split between Auckland and Sydney, Trust Punks have been focusing their time recording their second album. Double Bind is out on July 22nd via Spunk Records. Below you can check out two tracks from the new LP, the driving, catchy and speed-changing political commentary of Paradise/Angel-wire and the lurching, clatter and ominous chanting of Leaving Room For The Lord.

 

ALBUM REVIEW: Trust Punks – Discipline

Rating7.5a1419485360_10Aucklanders Trust Punks have carved themselves a healthy reputation over the last couple of years and now they have a debut album under their belts. It’s a strong showing too with twists and turns aplenty as they deploy their melodic post-punk sound across seven songs in a brief 24 minutes.

Their range and ability to blend dissonance and melody are the cornerstones of the band’s sound. Notes are wrestled from strangled guitars like their probable heroes Sonic Youth while the underlying rhythms cut jagged math-rock shapes and intricate patterns that are as crucial to the songs’ dynamics as the guitar and vocal detailing. Joseph Thomas’ vocals carry a varied palette from oohs and yelps to urgently emotive and melodic passages reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate’s Jeremy Enigk, particularly on songs such as ‘Prone Hold’. He knows, as all good singers do, when to sing and when to sit back, sometimes for long periods, and let the music shape the mood and colour of the song. As a nod, most likely unconsciously, to those fellow countrymen who carved out similarly skewed indie rock, the closer ‘Enemies’ sounds like a collision between S.P.U.D and Straitjacket Fits with its wonderfully lurching rhythm, molten guitars and belligerent and incoherent guttural vocals.

There is plenty to like in the economic yet sprawling sound on Discipline and the short album length is by no means a negative feature. By ending just as you start remembering how great your Fugazi records are and how perfect the first At The Drive-In album was they leave you wanting more. Hopefully this is just the start of what promises to be an interesting musical journey from the quintet.

Chris Familton

this review was first published on undertheradar.co.nz