Thursday, May 30 2024

Grab a cuppa and join us for an exclusive interview with Tom Cunningham, the charismatic frontman of The Trusted—a beacon of indie rock brilliance hailing from the vibrant shores of Southend-on-Sea, UK. Today, we embark on a fascinating exploration of their latest musical opus, the EP ‘Lost Soul.’ This five-track marvel weaves together the threads of their post-punk roots, evocative storytelling, and the distinct allure of alternative / indie rock, creating a sound that promises an immersive musical journey.

Founded during their secondary school years, The Trusted draws inspiration from British rock and new-wave legends to craft a sound that makes them poised to take over big venues, as affirmed by BBC Introducing.

As we sit down with Tom, we aim to unravel the layers of ‘Lost Soul,’ its inspirations, and the unique journey it promises listeners.

The Trusted Lost Soul Band

Thanks for joining us Tom. ‘Lost Soul,’ the song, is a powerful anthem for those who feel like outsiders. Can you share the inspiration behind the song and how you hope it resonates with listeners?

I think it comes from an internal place. As a band, we’ve always felt like a group of outsiders, we’ve never really fit in. I guess ‘Lost Soul,’ is a song about us and hopefully it will reach others who feel the same way.

The critics have praised each track on the EP for different reasons. How do you see the diversity of sound and themes contributing to the overall emotional journey you wanted to create with ‘Lost Soul’?

Every track on this EP focuses on a different emotion and I think the spectrum of different sounds helps add to this idea. We’re always playing with the concept of genre and style. We want to throw the listener around a little bit and take them to different places. We don’t tend to sonically stand still for very long and this EP highlights this. Hopefully, it’s not too jarring. 

What’s your favourite track on the EP and what do you like best about it?

That’s a tough one. It changes every day haha. At the moment, I think its ‘Burning The Night.’ I’m really vibing with that 5/4 time signature. I really like the textures in that tune.

The Trusted Band 2

How do you address creative differences within the band, and could you provide an overview of the roles that each member plays in shaping the band’s dynamics?

For us, we find the best way to deal with creative arguments, is to basically try everything. If someone in the band, suggests something, we try it, even if we don’t all agree. We think it’s best to give every idea, time in the light. It’s always good to see creative ideas in action because you never know how they are going to land until you throw them in the air. 

In terms of the band dynamics, we all each have our own voice. I think Dale (Guitarist) is kind of like the mad scientist of the band. He is always pushing the boundaries of what we should be doing in the writing room. Fin (Bassist) is the brain, always looking at how our ideas will work. Dave (Drums) is the heartbeat, keeping things moving and I’m the mouth haha. Lyrics have always been my thing. 

The Bedford (Balham, London) performance on February 1st, 2024, sounds exciting. Can you give us a glimpse into what fans can expect from the live experience, especially with the exclusive preview of brand-new songs for 2024?

We’ve got a lot of new songs and I mean a lot! There are quite a few songs that we will be putting out later in the year that we are really excited about previewing at the next few gigs! We love playing live, so we are looking forward to getting back on stage!

As a band that has been together since secondary school, how has your sound evolved over the years, and what elements from British rock and new-wave legends continue to inspire and influence your music today?

I think we’ve become more comfortable with experimenting with our sound so I think our songs have become more ‘colourful.’ We’re still led by the guitar but over the years we’ve gotten more familiar with synths and artificial textures. Our sound defo still has that new wave thing going on. Oh yeah, and I’m still very much influenced by the word play of Elvis Costello. I still take a lot from him in terms of lyric writing. 

The Trusted band 3

Fun question Time – If you could have any one person attend your performance at The Bedford, who would it be and why?

I don’t know if this is cheating but, I would love our past selves to turn up. Versions of us from like six years ago. I would love to watch their reaction. Hopefully they wouldn’t be shaking their heads in disappointment haha.

As we wrap up with Tom of The Trusted, their latest EP, ‘Lost Soul,’ is out now and stands as a testament to indie rock excellence. Catch them live on February 1st, 2024, at The Bedford in Balham, London, for a taste of their energy and stay tuned for more from this talented group, who are carving their mark on the global indie scene.

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Matt Warren

Matt Warren is a Cheshire based musician who studied contemporary music and composition. When not writing for The Indie Grid he enjoys watching 'Breaking Bad' on continuous loop and going to gigs. Since a youngster his fave band have been 'The Beatles' (with 'Cardiacs' in at a close second)... and this still applies to this day.

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