Trust Punks, “Mother’s Veil”, “Leaving Room for the Lord”
Two new(ish) tracks from Auckland, New Zealand’s Trust Punks, each showcasing a different side of the band’s sound.
“Mother’s Veil”, released in November, shows a softer, wistful touch. Narcotic, dreamy jangle psych-pop, reminiscent of the band’s Flying Nun countrymen, up through the quieter moments of Brian Jonestown Massacre and maybe even first album Shins. Strummed guitars, an airy bassline and what sounds like tape hiss weave a lucid dream, sadly interrupted by the feedback alarm clock ending. Heavenly.
Newer track, “Leaving Room for the Lord”, exudes a brasher, more dissonant and, er, “punker” sound. Shades of early Killing Joke and PiL, plus some Jesus Lizard noise finds the band in a similar lane to Ireland’s Girl Band on this one. Jagged, clamoring guitars, roiling drums and shouty vocals stagger and crash into each other drunkenly, setting a combative tone. Satisfyingly brutish.
According to a post on the band’s fbook page, “Leaving Room” will feature on the band’s upcoming album, entitled “Double Blind”. No further details at this time but, in the meantime, explore their earlier releases, including great 2014 release “Discipline”, on bandcamp. Sadly, we missed that one first time ‘round, but are having fun playing catch up.