Trust (Canadian band)

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Performing at The Pinhook in Durham on April 15, 2014
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Synthpop, darkwave
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Sacred Bones, Arts & Crafts
Associated acts Austra
Members Robert Alfons
Past members Maya Postepski

Trust is a Canadian synthpop music group from Toronto, formed 2010. The band is signed to the Arts & Crafts record label. Their full-length debut album, TRST, was released on 28 February 2012.



The band was formed by Robert Alfons[1] (of Winnipeg) and Maya Postepski[1] (also of the band Austra). The pair met in late 2009, started writing songs together,[2] and formed the band in January 2010.[3] The duo insist that they are more than just an Austra side project.[4]


The band released their single "Candy Walls" in 2011 on Brooklyn imprint Sacred Bones Records.[5] On the strength of this seven-inch release, they were signed in 2011 to record label Arts & Crafts.[6]

They released their first full length album TRST 28 February 2012 on the Arts & Crafts label.[7]

Critic Luis-Enrique Arrazola of the National Post said (of their Toronto release party), "Trust gave an outstanding performance proving that they're an act worthy of all the hype. With a set far past midnight, they're the perfect ending to a wild night in the city, taking you on a relentless trip through a set list dripping with sexual tension before winding down to the last pulses of the synthesizer."[8]

Larry Fitzmaurice of Pitchfork Media rated the album 7.4 out of 10 saying "...I quite like Alfons' voice; it has a slithering, grimy quality to it that increases the raunch-factor on particularly dirty-sounding tracks like "Shoom" and "Bulbform", and when he struts his stuff on "Sulk" and "Dressed for Space", he sounds like the kind of personality-heavy singer indie culture's been hesitant to embrace over the last few years."[9] It was listed at number eight on Insound's Top Albums of 2012[10] and at number thirty-seven on Under the Radar's Top 50 Albums of 2012.[11]

Around the time TRST was released, Postepski left Trust to focus on Austra.[12][13] Alfons is working on his follow-up second album.[14] On 3 December 2013, the Arts & Crafts label released a teaser trailer debuting the second album's title, Joyland, describing the album as "an eruption of guts, eels, and joy", with a release date of 4 March 2014.[15]


Studio albums
  • "Candy Walls" (2011)
  • "Bulbform" (2011)
  • "Sulk" (2012)
  • "Dressed for Space" (2012)
  • "Heaven" (2013)
  • "Rescue, Mister" (2014)
  • "Capitol" (2014)
  • "Are We Arc?" (2014)


  1. ^ a b "Trust Artist Page". CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Ritchie, Kevin (1 March 2012). "Trust » Local duo emerges from the haze with new LP". Now 31 (1571) (Toronto: Now Communications). p. 39. ISSN 0712-1326. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Bimm, Jordan (17 June 2010). "NXNE » Trust". Now 31 (1571) (Toronto: Now Communications). p. 39. ISSN 0712-1326. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Arrazola, Luis-Enrique (1 March 2012). "Trust: 'It's the sound of rats running up a mountain'". National Post (Toronto: Postmedia Network). p. Arts. ISSN 1486-8008. Retrieved 8 March 2012. "As the duo readies for an upcoming tour with a three-piece set, Trust has established themselves as more than just an Austra side project — They insist they're here to stay." 
  5. ^ "Candy walls" (sound recording) / Trust, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 39084565, retrieved 8 March 2012 
  6. ^ Hudson, Alex (20 September 2011). "Toronto's Trust Sign to Arts & Crafts, Unveil New Single". Exclaim! (Toronto: 1059434 Ontario Inc). ISSN 1207-6600. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "TRST" (sound recording) / Trust, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, OCLC 779198312, AMICUS No. 40343491, retrieved 8 March 2012 
  8. ^ Arrazola, Luis-Enrique (5 March 2012). "Concert Review: Trust come out of their shell at Wrongbar in Toronto". National Post (Toronto: Postmedia Network). p. Arts. ISSN 1486-8008. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (28 February 2012). "Review: TRST". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
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  12. ^ Hudson, Alex (23 January 2014). "Robert Alfons Explains Trust's Evolution with 'Joyland,' Shares New Tarantula X Remix". Exclaim!. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Coplan, Chris (7 January 2014). "Listen: Trust's provocative new single, "Rescue, Mister"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Darville, Jordan (28 February 2012). "Five Questions with Robert Alfons of Trust". Chart (Toronto: Chart Communications). ISSN 1198-7235. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
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