There are bands that I’ve seen play on boats, and seeing Parquet Courts this summer as they circumnavigated the Statue of Liberty on their Land, Sea and Air mini Manhattan tour was certainly a memorable instance of that. But The Trusted remain the only band that I’ve ever taken a paddle steamer to go and see play live, by means of a three hour cruise down the Thames from London to catch them at Southend’s Purple Festival.
Regular gig players and always a compelling act live the Trusted’s latest track “Cigarettes and Chandeliers” sees them kick it up another level on the recording front too. Grounded in a glam rock style riff from lead guitarist Dale Holt-Mead it’s a veritable stonker of a track, with echoes of the best of U2 as lead singer Tom Cunningham’s lead vocals are accompanied in The Edge-like style by backing from Dale and bassist Finlay, while David Batchelor keeps things kicking on drums.
The band are really showing the benefit of record production by Rees Broomfield at SS2 Studios and mixing and mastering from Pete Gleadall. And the video directed by Mike Briggs’ Carousal Films, is something of a visual treat too, with a real Bond movie opening credits flavour in keeping with the 70s vibe. I was lucky to catch the band perform a semi acoustic session recently for Hoxton Radio at Old Spitalfields Market, but will be sure to catch them in full rocking out mode at one of their forthcoming gigs.