The New Trust

The New Trust

Instant Empire, We's Us

Thu, November 8, 2012

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

$10.00

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
For the past four years, the Denver-based indie rockers of Instant Empire have played regularly in Colorado and toured the Midwest with aspirations as big as their sound. While most IE songs are anthemic and rowdy enough to keep fans fist-pumping, the literate lyrics and the band's complexity beg a second (or third) listen at home on the couch. Their brand of aggressive indie rock has drawn comparisons to The Hold Steady, The National, Manchester Orchestra and Bright Eyes.

Thematically, IE’s songs relate to the zeitgeist: our struggle to overcome isolation, connect to others, and find meaning in chaotic lives. The band’s sound is broad and unafraid to experiment. Songs are highlighted by a tight rhythm section, melodically rich guitar interplay, dark synth underpinnings, and vocals that are at once urgent and passionate.
After releasing three quality EPs—Instant Empire (2011), Heavy Hollow (2012), and Keep Up! (2013)—IE was selected to record with Christopher Tyng’s Grow Music Project in Santa Barbara, CA. The single from this session will appear on the band's first full-length album, planned for Spring 2015. Jonathan Low (The National, The War on Drugs, Modern Baseball, etc) and John Vanderslice (Spoon, Death Cab for Cutie, Mountain Goats, etc.) have signed on to record and produce the new record. In 2014, the band was also invited to sign with the Red Bull Sound Select artist development program.

This is a band that has found its sound and that believes it is on the cusp of creating something special. Instant Empire is lead singer Scotty Saunders with guitarists Sean Connaughty and Lou Kucera, Aaron Stone on bass, Doug Chase pushing buttons and Tristan Kelley on 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:
Hi-Dive
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
http://www.hi-dive.com/