TRUST with MAUSOLEUM, DJ SCHRAMM and DJ MIKEY APPLES at Parts & Labour (1566 Queen West), Friday (April 8), doors 10 pm. $5, $10 with vinyl. 416-588-7750. See listing.
In the last year, Toronto dark techno-pop duo Trust have enjoyed big buzz thanks to opening gigs with Hercules and Love Affair, Glass Candy and Zola Jesus. But despite the high-profile shows, their new Candy Walls 7-inch single is their first effort, and comes long after the predicted release date of summer 2010.
"We had a few failed attempts with smaller up-and-coming labels before finding a good fit with Sacred Bones, who were willing to put it out the way we wanted to," Robert Alfons carefully explains as he strolls around the city.
Well worth the wait, it's a more introspective and mellow slab of vinyl than those who have seen Alfons and Maya Postepski (who also performs with Katie Stelmanis's Austra) jumping around onstage might expect. As Alfons says, the single is an introduction to the band and not necessarily a thorough mission statement.
"Candy Walls was actually the first song Maya and I wrote together the day we met. We wanted to start off with something tender and quieter. Our live show, though, is definitely more upbeat."
If you're wondering about that danceable side, Trust make a couple of guest appearances on Egyptrixx's excellent new album, Bible Eyes. While those songs are more collaborations with the producer than proper Trust tracks, they still reveal the band's broad range.
Yet even at their most club-friendly, there's an undeniable goth quality to their sound, an aspect Alfons isn't concerned about countering.
"I'm a huge fan of goth music, so it doesn't really bother me. But I know we're a lot more than just that. I'm not really sure how to describe us, though."
Given that they've got enough recorded material for a full album, hopefully it won't be another year before we get to hear enough songs to come up with a name for their goth/hipster style. Somehow "gipster" isn't quite rolling off the tongue.