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Auckland quintet Trust Punks are set to release their forthcoming LP, Double Blind, later this year and, in a Hansel and Gretel type way, are leaving absolute mind benders as breadcrumbs on the path to find it.
Thoughtful, provocative, and socially aware; Auckland five-piece Trust Punks aren’t pulling their punches on Leaving Room For The Lord.
In all honesty, it may not be that difficult to locate in the end as it’ll most likely be the hottest guitar driven music coming out of New Zealand when it drops – a testament to the strength and versatility of the NZ music scene generally.
Their most recent release, Leaving Room For The Lord, is gritty and has a tongue in cheek sarcasm you can’t get away from. That’s no issue, though, because you wouldn’t want to get away from this anyway. Immediately there are references you can draw on, iconic early 90’s band Slint being one of them, but there’s nothing you can really pin down as a direct reference.
Squealing guitars clash with driving bass lines, while Joseph Thomas and Alex Grant’s vocals try have the musical equivalent of a bar brawl with each other. The beauty in the changes between parts is incredible as well – those gaps are hollow and keep you entwined until the end.
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What’s really worth noting on Leaving Room For The Lord, or any other Trust Punks track for that matter, is the lyrics. They’re angry, funny, sarcastic and a thousand other adjectives, but you won’t walk away from listening to this without feeling edgy, but still smiling.
When it comes to this huge track that drives for almost five minutes, the lyrics reveal a side to Auckland they don’t put on post cards. From discussing homeboys, careerists and yuppies to diving headfirst into the prevalent issues around terrorism, they don’t have a problem addressing what they feel they’re facing in a way that’s simultaneously both dark and funny.
The issues they tackle don’t stop there either. While they do address typical punk topics, they’re also discussing patriarchy, police brutality and reformed cops, nihilism and authenticity in a way that only they could. It’s all simply a conversation they’re having with you and one they’re having with each other – listen or don’t, they’re not concerned, but you’ll know how you feel once you’re involved.
Keep an eye out for Double Blind by Trust Punks later this year out through Spunk.