Monday, January 22, 2007

Reviews:: The New Trust Darkness is the Path Which Lies Before Us

As indie music drifts farther and farther away from that crunchy guitar goodness, low droning vocals and short, hard hitting songs, it’s great to find a record that takes me back. Sing/scream vocals, thrashing guitar riffs and big breakdowns. For me, these were the things that bands like Texas is the Reason, Promise Ring and Braid were so good at. They inspired you to play music. The sound was a fantastic combination of simple chords, angst and melody.

I’m feeling nostalgic thanks to the new record by The New Trust. The band is centered by former Velvet Teen bassist Josh Staples and his wife Sarah Stranger and is expanding on the 18-minute EP that turned heads (we are some fast moving motherf*ckers, we are women and men of action). Dark is the Path Which Lies Before Us is a throwback to the 90s Indie sound I fell in love with. The quartet uses hard hitting, interwoven, dueling guitars, crashing cymbals and bouncy bass lines hit you in the mouth. It was a time before bands layered instrument after instrument to find the perfect blend. The New Trust is better at writing tracks that are raw, high energy and have something to say.

The overall theme of the record is a mix of obscure horror (zombies and a vampirish love song) and the struggle of being a small time band. Living out of a van sucks. So does playing shows for people who don’t even want to listen. This record is meant as a (albeit pessimistic) source of hope for the thousands of band who set out on the journey to be musicians. For every band that makes it, you have a million that are playing for 7 people. In the 90’s, Indie bands weren’t getting signed to major labels and even when they did, the result was not good. Indie bands weren’t used as the soundtrack for movies and commercials. Indie used to mean independent.

The record starts out with the longest track (4:33), A Spoiled Surprise A Cheap Reveal. Josh’s bass provides the backbone for the song, but the vocals and guitar work are solid. When the big breakdown kicks in at the 2:25 mark, you are completely engulfed in the song, and in the record. The record keeps growing, with the screaming anthem The Life of the Infidel Comes Crashing Down. Frantic drumming and a power hook slow to a snails pace as you catch your breath, but quickly jumps back to that hectic pace. The band uses tempo seamlessly and throws in a ridiculously awesome tribute to Jermaine Stewart.

Josh’s song writing is equally as strong in melodic power anthems and it is on high energy tracks like The Lost Language. The anti-religious track, Holy Wars, grabs you and never lets go.

I know this review is a little helter skelter. I’ve never been able to describe that late 90’s sound I fell in love with, but from the minute I put this disc in until the dust settled after the last note, I was happy. Screaming about the same things that were true when the foundations of punk were laid is always going to be ok with me.

MP3:: Evolve into Nothing
MP3:: The Body and the Brain

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