What made you decide to start the band?

I’ve been in bands since I was 13 and always found them very empowering and creatively challenging. Sharing a musical experience with other  like-minded individuals’ is just so much fun. For me, I don’t know if I could do it on my own. I need that band framework to thrive. The Trusted basically formed out of this shared feeling. 

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

So you have me (Tom) on vocals, Dale on guitar, Fin on bass and Dave on drums. Dale and I have been in numerous different bands over the years. I’ve known him since school. We had never really worked together but around 18/19 we basically discovered that we were creatively compatible. So from this, we grabbed my brother Fin, met Dave through a mutual friend and thus decided to form our own band. From the first rehearsal, we knew had something special, it just felt so comfortable and natural. We named our new thing, The Trusted and the four of us have been going ever since.   

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Write every day and get into the habit of writing bad songs. Letting go of that perfectionist mindset when it comes to song writing is so freeing. The more you write, the more chances you have of writing something brilliant. Even if you wrote a song every day for 30 days and 29 of them were awful, you’d still end up with one new good song. 

At the end of the day, it’s your songs that will carry you   

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic? If so what?

Haha, we bought loads of gigging-based items ready for a string of gigs in early March. Obviously, that stuff ended up sitting in boxes for nearly two years. Great timing on our behalf!

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Ummm, not really. I guess the only one I want to believe is that Elvis isn’t dead. Wouldn’t it be great to stumble across a secret island and find john Lennon, Elvis and Jimi Hendrix just chilling on a beach? Conspiracy theories are often quite bleak so I find myself wanting to believe in the good ones.

What support is out there for new artists in Southend ?

The music scene in Southend is amazing. There are so many great upcoming artists and so many places to play. If you wanted you could play in front of people every night. There is a literally an open mic on every corner. It’s a very inspiring place to be.  

If you could choose, would you prefer to time travel to the past or go forward in time? And why?

Probably London during the Mid-Sixties. I’d just want to submerge myself in the atmosphere/ culture and go watch all those legendary bands in their prime.  

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

Fin is a grade 8 piano player, Dale takes part in ‘Pool’ competitions and Dave has an obsession with capybaras (look them up). As for me, when I was younger, I use to do a lot of acting.

Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?

Dave because drummers are very unpredictable. Name me one drummer who is not unpredictable?

Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun) 

I’d say all of them in their own way. I bet if you asked them that question, they would collectively say me hahaha. Luckily, I’m the one answering the questions 

You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first? 

Probably Fin. Out of all of us, his head is screwed on the tightest 

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

We don’t take ourselves seriously at all so we are always laughing. Every rehearsal always ends with everyone laughing their head off. Our main thing is impressions. We find ourselves impersonating each other and other people all the time.

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

It changes from night to night. At our last show, for me it was ‘Millennium.’ I think that was because, I knew it was dropping soon and so I got all excited whilst singing it. 

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

Yeah so it’s called ‘Millennium’ and it’s a song about growing up in the early 21st century. We live in a terrifying world that never switches off. We are constantly being bombarded with random information and out of context sounds. I really wanted a song that explored this whole idea of losing yourself in all the modern madness  

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

Like a lot of our songs, it came out of us jamming together. Dale had that really cool riff and we basically pieced the song together around that. It’s very very simple but its also joyful, bright and explosive

What was the recording process like?

It was actually harder than usual! It took us a while to really capture the feel and bite of the tune. Its built around a very simple hook and simplicity is incredibly hard to get right on record. I think we ended up re-recording the main 50-60 times on three different guitars. If we didn’t get that riff right, the song would of crumbled   

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

‘Autotune is my friend, not my enemy…’ 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Oh everything! If I, had it my way, we’d still be in the studio, tweaking and amending. At some point, you’ve got to learn to let go. Perfectionism is always looming 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

Just loads of new music and gigs, gigs, gigs…

Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.