back when i was in high school there was a club near my house called the ivy tower. they played stuff like sisters of mercy, front 242, new order, nitzer ebb, bauhaus, siouxsie, depeche, etc. all the freakie deakies came out en masse (ok, that's a slight exaggeration) and we danced until, well, midnight (remember, this was high school!) and it was a great time.
trust's 'trst' would have fit right in that mix. right from the get go, 'shroom' gets the magical techno show off to a rip-roaring good time. robert alfon's vocals drift from sounding like a nasally peter murphy at the height of 'bela lugosi's dead' to a less-theatrical male counterpart to glass candy's ida no. he's a tough one to peg down, but i say that as a compliment. you're never quite sure which alfon you're going to get.
the synths on a majority of the tracks are nothing short of...locomotive? pulsating? thunderous? menacing? pick your superlative. but which ever one you do pick, rest assured they'll bat you over the head until you scream for mercy. this is a heavy, heavy, heavy synth record and it's completely awesome (so much so, i almost went and dyed my hair black. again).
having said all of that, the great thing about 'trst' is that despite all it's menacing overtones, the songs themselves are still very sharp, full of tight, catchy melodies, and hook-filled choruses. it's not especially easy to pull off a full-fledged, heavy synth album without enduring a joke or two; but trust expertly pulls it off with enough flair and cajones to make even the gothiest of goths crack a smile. true story.
so, maybe i will go dye my hair black and party like it's 1989. it's not such a bad place to go.