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The New Trust


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Depending on which part of its story you choose to focus on, The New Trust is either extremely straightforward or tantalizingly complex. In one corner, the co-ed band from Santa Rosa—located about 55 miles north of San Francisco—plays unpretentious, fired-up indie-rock songs that bring to mind the mid-’90s heyday (think Boilermaker, Knapsack, early Promise Ring, etc.), are catchy as all get-out, and rarely reach the three-minute mark. In the other is a European tour the band booked only a year after it formed, lyrics that quote Jermaine Stewart’s “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” while dissing religion and championing a DIY lifestyle, and a guitarist who originally thought her six-string would be used to sing her future kids to sleep.

“My goal was someday I would at least be good enough to play ‘Puff The Magic Dragon’ to our children,” says Sara Sanger, who happens to be the wife of singer-bassist Josh Staples, who also handles The Velvet Teen’s low end. To some, their married-and-in-a-band arrangement is another oddity, but it’s hard to get anyone in the band to see it that way—in fact, Sanger would probably still be completely focused on her photography if it wasn’t for Staples’ encouragement. “Josh was so serious, and such an optimist—he doesn’t do anything unless he knows that it’s going to happen. I didn’t realize that for a long time. I just thought, ‘Oh, this is just something he’s doing for his wife to make me feel better.’”


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  • DannabisAx

    How are you not more popular?????????!!!

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DannabisAx

    J.STAPLES/S.SANGER THE NEW TRUST: Love you forever, don't stop. Please bring back Michael Richardson, or does anyone know if he's in a project or what he's up to? I need him in my music somewhere.

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • SloaneisDead

    I'm liking this.

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • DannabisAx

    Incredible band. Saw them with minus the bear like four years ago. I'm sad that my 'dark is the path that lies before us' disc died..

    6 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ws1fish

    hearing these guys for the first time and absolutely loving them, criminal how hard it is to find any of their stuff

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • TotaIIyRadd


    31 Oct 2009 Reply
  • CheMiRacconti

    I love youuuu New Trust!

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Luginess

    Not Bad =) The Femal vocal is X.x other than that <3

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • MCManoos

    Incredibly under appreciated. Love the sounds. I can listen to "Chill the Fuck Out" over and over.

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Milkman519

    The fact that my shout that I posted last June is still on the front page just supports the fact that The New Trust is the most unappreciated band in the music industry. There is no reason a band that produces so many genius songs should be this unknown.

    9 Feb 2009 Reply
  • lac3

    aww man.. weaksauce that nobodys stopped here for a while, these guys fuckin rule, more people need there lives changed by these tunes

    17 Dec 2008 Reply
  • BlackSessions


    4 Nov 2008 Reply
  • sappyswami

    The show in Berkeley last night was awesome. Man, TNT never disappoints.

    12 Oct 2008 Reply
  • 16N0R4N7

    Best band i've seen play in a basement... awesome show in Tijuana w/Ampere despite the Tijuana's bands =)

    13 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Milkman519

    Way underrated.

    2 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Mannequentin

    i love I'm A Sucker For Backwards Drums so much.

    7 May 2008 Reply
  • weakchireborned

    i found this band in an issue of alternative press. i'm so fuckin thrilled by their sound. can anyone please get me some tracks. I'm from Portugal and it's almost impossible to get their music. Can you boys and girl give me a help? Thanks.

    11 Apr 2008 Reply
  • serenityL0ST

    I just saw these guys last night with Ambulette. I can't stop listening!

    28 Mar 2007 Reply
  • Theedgerob

    I accidentally stumbled onto this band but I don't regret it! Wow! I'm in awe at some of these lyrics

    9 Mar 2007 Reply
  • tlatzotzontli

    Agreed. The new album is amazing. And the vinyl is so fuckin rad.

    28 Jan 2007 Reply
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