The New Trust

The New Trust

Instant Empire, We's Us

Thu, November 8, 2012

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

The New Trust
The New Trust
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.'"
Instant Empire
Instant Empire
Three songs. Ten minutes. Instant Empire’s third EP, Keep Up!, is all sharp edges and lean muscle. It is fighting weight. Someone along the way said it sounds like a broken nose feels. That’s good, right? It even made the recording engineer cry once the sentiment sank in.

Keep Up! is a reckoning, an awakening, an act of contrition. It's one final attempt at clarity. Inspired in part by T.S. Eliot, the EP imagines the voice of a younger (and slightly more intoxicated) J. Alfred Prufrock. It’s the bastard son of blackout nights and mornings coming down, and it begs to be turned up loud as the band stretches out more powerfully than ever before.

Both the title track and “Flickering Youth” are standouts.

Since releasing Heavy Hollow in May 2012, the band has been writing and gigging as much as possible. They bought a van and are convinced she has it out for them. Meanwhile, the guys continue to refine their craft, and 2013 is slated for more touring and a full-length. They are growing this thing slowly, one step at a time, pushing the rock up the hill. And they love it.

Instant Empire is:

Scotty Saunders – Words and Vocals
Sean Connaughty – Words and Guitars
Lou Kucera – Guitars and Background Vocals
Aaron Stone – Bass and Background Vocals
Doug Chase – Keyboards and Percussion
Matt Grizzell – Drums
We's Us
We's Us
We's Us is an alternative rock band out of Denver, Co fronted by 24 year old Michael "Weeze" Dawald. (guitar/vox) and 4-6 interchanging professionals on bass, drums, guitar, vox. percussion etc.
Weeze has performed 1000's of gigs and festivals across the U.S. with bands ranging from funk and reggae to hip hop and everything in between. Over the past few years, he has gotten the opportunity to open for such acts as Chickenfoot, Puddle of Mudd, Tim McGraw, Los Lonely Boys, Huey Lewis and the News as well as many other notable acts. With some of these shows, Weeze has performed for crowds of 10000+!
Not only has Weeze had the chance to perform many live gigs, he has also recorded in countless studios all over U.S. most notably at Pachyderm Studios(Nirvana- In Utero) in Cannon Falls, MN as well as at Dave Aron's (Sublime- 40 oz to freedom, Snoop Dogg) studio in Burbank, CA.
Venue Information:
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209