Trust Punks first grabbed my attention in late 2014 when they dropped their debut long play Discipline through Spunk Records. Songs like ‘Prone Hold’ and ‘Gordian Knot’ were great examples of scuzz buzz punk that was attention grabbing and relentless and I have considered myself a fan ever since. July 22 will see the Auckland outfit release their second LP Double Blind and to date they have offered three stellar tracks to gorge on. I’m only gonna look at the most recent one, ‘Good Luck With That’, but you should also listen to ‘Leaving Room For The Lord’ and ‘Paradise/Angel-wire’ because they are also terrific.
Two minutes is all Trust Punks take to express some serious sentiments in ‘Good Luck With That’. The band’s signature swarm of noise is honed into a pointed attack on the establishment, specifically on the topic of prison institutions and the exploitive nature of the system that plays on the fears of the masses to justify abhorrent practices. Over on The Fader, singer Joseph Thomas explained that the song is an attempt to place himself in the position of the exploitive party – partly to push himself into some kind of understanding of both sides and partly to reveal the disgusting nature of his subject topic. The technique works here, and a brain-cluttering current of fast, anxiety-inducing punk back the thought-provoking lyrics ably. I’m reminded a little bit of the similarly buzzing sound of ‘Toonie‘ by Diät – but Joseph’s vocals are more of a strained sneer over the gothic spoken-word of Diät.
‘Paradise/Angel-wire’ also looks outwardly at the current treatment of refugees, which indicates that Double Blind might be a socially minded album, which I’m all for. The realm of post-punk typically offers grim introspection, while Trust Punks seem to be putting themselves forward as critics of unjust systems this time around. Excitement is building for this release. Political statements in music aren’t uncommon, but it’s nice to see it conveyed within this sonic spectrum.