A Trust Unclean take on the A-Z challenge!

A Trust Unclean are one of the hottest up-and-coming underground bands in the UK. If you’re a fan of the likes of Thy Art Is Murder and/or The Black Dahlia Murder then you should get a load of these! Their debut label release Parturition drops via Basick Records on June 2 and is a cracker! […]

A Trust Unclean are one of the hottest up-and-coming underground bands in the UK. If you’re a fan of the likes of Thy Art Is Murder and/or The Black Dahlia Murder then you should get a load of these! Their debut label release Parturition drops via Basick Records on June 2 and is a cracker! We asked the band to take on our A-Z challenge:

A song that made you want to make music?

For me (Shunt [Steven Hunt, guitar]) I heard ‘Cold Sweat’ by Thin Lizzy courtesy of my uncle, that song is stacked with riffs, solos and pinch harmonics, I was blown away.

Best rider you’ve ever had?

Gotta be biased with this one and say Angelo (our manager) who is also a promoter in London, he whips up some mad chicken creation every show he put us on!

Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?

Well going back a few years we played with Exit Ten in a 1000 cap venue when we were really not ready for it, nor did we fit the bill for that matter… but we gave our all and then got to get drunk with Exit Ten and we had a reet laff!!

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

Track: Exonerate “Evil flowing freely from every cell inside me. Chaos incarnate. I Personify void. Hate swells inside my heart is devoid of empathy. I know not the struggles of your cause. Isolated from you emotionally a machine with directive to eradicate.” This lyric was written about the realisation that in some situations as hard as you try you’ll end up making things much worse… emo asf mate!

Easiest song you wrote?

Exonerate off our new cd just flew out of Mikey’s head – the flow is so natural and for me it stands out as so.

Favourite song in your set?

Personally I really enjoy playing Aeon from the New EP which you can come and buy from us personally at our EP Release show Friday 2nd June. It consists of hard fucking riffs building to a slammer of a groove at the end. It’s just completely my cuppa tea personally.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

We tried really hard to get some guest vocals on this record but ultimately ran out of time having exhausted our options, in our sights were Adam Warren from Oceano and both the dudes from Despised Icon. One can dream…

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Travel is a bit of a shit for us, some members don’t drive and with two new members we’ve spread out slightly more across the UK.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Our drummer’s a virgin (unconfirmed).

Jokes you have in the band?

We think our vocalist Kyle secretly fancies our drummer Noah… And we all wish we were gangster rappers, and after a few beers the ‘bars’ start to ‘flow’ and it’s pretty painful stuff. Anyone who’s toured with us will know…

Key to writing a song?

Write a slammer of a riff and write around it, we’ve always been a riff-first vocals-after unit so it’s a breakdown or a tremolo section first and then vibe with it.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

As we speak I’m lying in the van looking at the routing for the tour we’re currently on – towards the end of the run we have Glasgow to Margate, which is a pretty aggressive drive to say the least. We hope this to change once we start playing overseas.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Sam Bell of Mask Of Judas has EXTREME guitar skills – it’s literally astonishing to watch live.

New band you’d recommend?

Enterprise Earth’ and ‘Shadow of Intent’ are going down really well over here right now and we love what they’re doing!

Opening for this band would be ideal?

We’d love to open for Lorna Shore or Oceano – hey we can dream right?!

Place you’d most like to tour?

Having only ever toured UK we want to play any new places we can – would be a dream come true to hit up mainland Europe and USA some time!

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

“Don’t do drugs, stay in education and get a stable job. Or just be super cool like us and spend all your money on guitars and fried chicken.”

See us live at?

On tour with ‘Within Destruction’ over the next 10 days & UK Tech Metal Fest this year!!

25.05.17 Meze Lounge – Newport
26.05.17 The Victoria – Swindon
27.05.17 Eiger Studios – Leeds
28.05.17 Jumpin’ Jacks – Newcastle
29..05.17 Subside – Birmingham
30.05.17 Audio – Glasgow
31.05.17 The Westcoast Bar – Margate
02.06.17 Boston Music Room – London

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Not for me. I’m a super crisp production kinda guy and in my opinion music’s getting heavier which I have no complaints about.

Unusual merchandise?

We’ve not really had a chance to get anything other than t-shirts yet but I love mosh shorts and wind breakers, so one day would love to be able to offer that!

Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?

We strive to one day do an album of hip-hop variations of our songs. We’ll get around to it one day, probably when we’re less shit at rapping.

What do your fans mean to you?

Cliché I know but they’re the reason we can afford to go on. So, everything, I suppose.

X-rays or any other treatments needed for band injuries?

No we’ve been pretty lucky to be honest. I’ve done my knee ligaments recently which has slowed me down a lot but that’s about it.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

The answer definitely used to be our drummer’s baby bladder making us have to stop a lot. But nowadays our new drummer would forget his head if it wasn’t attached to his body so I’m gonna say that our answer remains the same. Drummers, It’s always drummers. Fucking drummers, man.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

Well Mikey (guitarist) looks like a lion but on the whole I’d have to say a camel. We can all hold our drink, recently my knee has decided to try and bend the wrong way, our drummer gets the ‘hump’ a-lot and we’re all ugly as fuck. On top of that you can often catch ATU spittin’ even though we spit bars not saliva. We are a camel…

Elizabeth Birt

May 25, 2017

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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