XS Noize and Painted Halo Records are passionate advocates for new music and are delighted to provide a platform for emerging artists in the form of XS Unsigned, a feature showcasing brand new talent cherry-picked from submissions by XS Noize Editor Mark Millar and Painted Halo’s boss Ivan Marziano. Great news for all you audiophiles out there, but more importantly for those whose voices deserve to be lifted from the crowd. This time it’s the turn of the Trusted.

The Trusted: for fans of Elvis Costello, the Clash, the 1975, Catfish & the Bottlemen.

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Meet the Artist:

Erupting out of the Essex indie scene and continuing the vital Southend-on-Sea lineage that has spawned the likes of The Horrors and These New Puritans, the Trusted come to us with confidence and strength that bely their relative inexperience – their debut EP was only released a handful of weeks ago.

Formed in 2016, the Trusted are school friends Tom Cunningham on vocals/guitar and Dale Holt-Mead on lead guitar, plus Fin Cunningham on bass and Dave Batchelor on drums. Their debut EP Vicious was released on 29 March on Rock Melon, and it’s easy to see why the band is fast gaining followers on streaming platforms and social media. Their desire to harness the tension that lies at the heart of the transition between childhood and adulthood – which inhabits the lyrics of contemporary acts such as Catfish & The Bottlemen – and combine it with the strength of classic British punk powerhouses such as the Clash makes them an ideal soundtrack for these troubled times. ‘We live in turbulent times’, sings Tom on Turbulence, ‘I want to feel alright.’

The band are now busy assembling their next releases ready for the Summer, but will be playing several shows in the UK and Italy – catch them here:

  • Brighton 11 May
  • London 25 May
  • Bologna (Italy) 6 June
  • Padua (Italy) 7 June
  • Venice (Italy) 8 June
  • Southend-On-Sea 5 July

Featured tracks:

No Real Control:


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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetrusted

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thetrusted


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Ivan Marziano 4 Articles
After spending decades amassing a record collection spanning most things from Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas to the most extensive Tropicalia collection in Europe, Ivan Marziano finally bit the bullet and founded Painted Halo Records in 2018. He is currently working on the label’s first release, Wasteful by London-based band River Fury. Favourite album: Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt Favourite artist: David Sylvian Album of 2018 so far: toss-up between Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest and 7 by Beach House

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