A triple-bill of thoroughly Boro-bred scuzz led by DIY wunderkinds Trust Fund takes place at Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social Club on Thursday 1st September. Embodying the wonderfully home-brewed lo-fi aesthetic that’s finally having its well-deserved resurgence, Trust Fund’s music is manic and atmospheric, almost sounding like the Young Marble Giants if they’d written all of Carrie & Lowell first before Sufjan Stevens got half the chance.
Their recent release, We Have Always Lived In The Harolds, is a bizarre and gorgeously twisted dose of Dadaesque pop that relentlessly changes tone and vibe without a single shit to give. It’s the kind of music that is minimal but not sparse, sugar-coated but far from sickly; where songs fade out just as they seem to fall into place.
Taking the supporting roles, Dressed Like Wolves maintain the surrealism with a heartily portion of angst, merged with off-kilter drums and droning synths, and with song titles that truly speak for themselves with beautifully poetic gallows humour, such as Trying To Walk Off Into The Sea But It’s Too Late. Wedowee, meanwhile, are an utter enigma; they’re Boro-born, London-based, but “too scared to play their first show” there. An intriguing night all round, then.