This kind of half-sinister, half-angular, half-haunted improper fraction stuff is what really got me into New Zealand’s Trust Punks. They’re gearing up to release their debut record on Spunk Records pretty soon. Whilst an updated “Prone Hold” didn’t get the butterflies going off in my stomach, this strung-out and nervous track called “Gordion Knot” is doing leaps and bounds for me. It’s like watching a contortionist build themselves into a tight box, twitching bones and tweaking joints that most wouldn’t have the slightest clue existed. There’s uncomfortable sounds aplenty on here, and the disconcerting chorus is the kind of thing that post-punk does best – a little bit freaky, a little bit poppy, and all kinds of nail-chewing nervousness. Tour here soon please?
First up, Trust Punks are a punk band. It says so in their name. We’re off to a good start. Secondly, they’re from New Zealand. That place is a punk rock breeding ground, so all looks pretty great. Thirdly, they can’t spell drag, so strike three, and these guys are awesome.
Taking a listen to the song itself, its not hard to see why Trust Punks are getting a lot of buzz. A slow, sticky beginning quickly shifts into a coarse, off-kilter punk track that jogs along at a Rocky montage pace. There’s something inherently off about that the song, but that’s what keeps pulling you in. If you don’t like it, you probably shouldn’t have clicked on a band that misspells drag.