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Southend-on-Sea’s finest indie four- piece are figuratively and literally (catch them live and see what I mean) making a huge noise with their recent set of single releases. Building on the critical success of ‘No Real Control’ and ‘Cigarettes and Chandeliers’ Dave, Dale, Fin and Tom’s latest report from the trenches tells of a love-hate relationship – but don’t expect schmooze and red roses; instead think toxic, addictive, dysfunctional. “Two- bit dirtbags ready for a standoff” but “it’s so vicious it feels so good”

“The Trusted have a similar sonic aesthetic to acts like Catfish And The Bottlemen and The 1975 peppered with a maturity not often seen in an act this young” – Media Match

The Trusted enjoyed a pretty phenomenal 2018. With headliners across Essex and London as well as slots at bijou Summer festivals, the Southend four-piece have garnered an ardent fan base that includes music fans and industry aficionados alike.

Marking the next chapter of their career, their first single of 2019 is the precusor to their forthcoming EP.

The Trusted; Dale, Dave, Fin and Tom – has arrived at its next milestone, by sharing the new single ‘Vicious’. The track is yet another amuse-bouche of their new vital sound which evolved over a year of endless gigs jams and noodling.

“We’re inspired by music from all over the place,” explains Tom. “So, as with most of our songs, ‘Vicious’ takes musical inspiration from everywhere and nowhere in particular. Over the last year we’ve worked really hard on evolving our sound. It’s kind of grown into itself it that makes sense. It’s evolved and grown organically into a good fit for us as a band.”

“Vicious” was recorded at SS2 Studios, Southend and was produced by Rees Broomfield and mixed and mastered by producer, programmer and DJ, Pete Gleadall (David Bowie, U2, Robbie Williams, Pet Shop Boys MD)

2018 was a busy one for The Trusted with a seemingly endless stream of festival slots and hot n’ sweaty gigs. The Essex four-piece played jammers shows both in London - where they headlined the Dublin Castle several times – at the Notting Hill Arts Club, the Camden Assembly, the 02 Islington and closer to home with busy shows in Southend.

Their first single of 2018, ‘No Real Control’ was name-checked by Media Match, Gigslutz, HypeMachine, Little Indie Blogs and Brexhip. The track received a wealth of airplay including spins by BBC Introducing, BBC London, Amazing Radio and more. ‘Cigarettes and Chandeliers’ followed, providing another snapshot of where these four young musicians are and where they are going to. Potent, alive, and richly atmospheric, the track had a great reception and received glowing reactions

2018 ended on a massive high, with the band’s well-received mini-tour of Northern Italy courtesy of the Brexhip crew.

Now they’ve continued the momentum of last year with the release of their latest single. ‘Vicious’ continues the bands habit of making new music of variety and maturity. It melds a tale of an acidic kind of love with a honeyed melody that has a deal more harmony than the love affair it describes.

The song will be the title track of their forthcoming first EP due for release in March 2019.

The Trusted have garnered numerous industry plaudits as evidenced by airplay across various BBC platforms, Amazing Radio, BT TV and on the prestigious BBC Introducing New Music slot. They also continue to grow their live fanbase, plying their trade at over 120 gigs in 2018, with many more appearances lined up for 2019.

The Trusted are Southend-on-Sea natives Dave Batchelor (Drums), Fin Cunningham (Bass), Tom Cunningham (Lead Vocals), and Dale Holt-Mead (Guitar). They explore the themes of love, life and youth through songs that swell between tender ballads and high-energy melodies using big, chiming riffs, insisting beats and rhythmic bass lines.

Speaking about the new single lead singer Tom Cunningham explains: “Vicious” is a playful song about love/hate relationships and conflicting emotion. Sometimes you find that love and hate go hand in hand; you can’t tell the difference. The thrill of clashing heads with someone can outweigh the notion of getting along, it’s a weird thing, but it happens. I guess I’ve wanted to explore this juxtaposition for a while and musically, ‘Vicious’ lets me go there…”

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