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Truman & His Trophy – Truman Kills A Bug (EP Review)

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Trust Fund, Petite LeagueShelf Life, Ghost Camp, Jackal Onasis, Ben Seretan, Sass Dragons, Toys That Kill, Naked Hour, Hardly Boys, Molar/Pale Kids, Vallens, Grey Bath, Laptop Funeral, Comprador, and Guts Club were among the bands that churned out excellent full streams in the last week and a half. Another band that added their name to that very impressive list: Truman & His Trophy. Now, several readers of this site will likely recognize Chris Sutter and Ryan Wizniak as members of Meat Wave but Truman & His Trophy precedes the formation of that band. They’re also responsible for one of the most gloriously insane concept albums of all time (the header photo’s a good indication of the band’s vision).

After the release of the aforementioned concept record — 2011’s Bottom George Pizza Planet — the band played a few shows and mostly fizzled out, rarely coming out of hiding to play a show. A new record seemed like it could be out of the question, especially in the wake of Meat Wave’s surprising (but extremely well-deserved) success. No one was expecting the band to make a power move this year but the band revels in exploiting the unexpected and gifted the world the ferocious Truman Kills A Bug EP just a short while ago.

Largely picking up where they left off, the band dives back into their seemingly alien take on the kind of punk that’s frequently tied to Steve Albini; cold, vicious, and punishingly direct. For as outlandish as the narratives can get in the land of Truman (and his trophy), the music remains startlingly effective. There’s always been a lot to love about this band and Truman Kills A Bug offers plenty of reminders over why the band became such a fiercely beloved local act in the first place. It’s raw, deceptively intelligent, and always leaves you wanting more. All you need to do to squash that longing is hit repeat.

Listen to Truman Kills A Bug below and pick it up from the band here.

Trust Fund – Together (Stream)

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After a short stretch away from the new release calendar, tracks from bands like Night School, Modern Vices, Less Win, Deerhoof, benjamin783GØGGS, The By Gods, His Clancyness, Bat For Lashes, WALTER, and Hheaven reinvigorated some interest. Each of those new songs stood out as being worthy of both investment and praise but it was Trust Fund‘s latest, “Together”, that really managed to make a mark.

The band’s earned the position of site favorite thanks to a shockingly consistent run of spry, jangly basement pop that comes across as deeply felt and well-informed. “Together” continues to reveal the acts masterful grasp on both their identity and the genres that they choose to amplify with their songwriting approach. Organs, guitars, and vocal lines all weave a remarkably bright tapestry on “Together”, with the outro section standing out as some of the band’s finest work to date. All of “Together” is as winsome as ever and the band sets up their forthcoming We Have Always Lived in the Harolds with an endearing candor. Don’t miss out on what will undoubtedly stand as one of this season’s loveliest offerings.

Listen to “Together” below and pre-order We Have Always Lived in the Harolds from the band here.