“Men I Trust” Chill Out at Backyard, Tease New Song (06.14.23) (pics, review)

Canadian indie pop band Men I Trust have been releasing a slew of singles over the past few years with their last record “Untourable Album” having dropped in 2021. The irony of the title is not lost as the band has traveled North America almost twice over, as well as, internationally in Asia, Oceania, Europe and South America in support of the album. With dreamy, lush arrangements, the band consists of singer/guitarist Emmanuelle “Emma” Proulx, bassist/guitarist Jessy Caron, and keyboardist Dragos Chiriac with two touring musicians to help round out the trio’s sound.

Opening the show is Savannah-by-way-of-NYC-based trio Triathalon whose latest record “Lex” sees the band inspired by “Frank Ocean, Alex G, 90’s drum & bass, rap music circa yesterday and the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour.” The influence of both the south and north translates to this eclectic mixtape of sounds through jangly guitar rock. Singer Adam Intrator armed with a black St. Vincent’s signature Music Man guitar and a reverb-laden voice performs alongside guitarist Hunter Jayne and drummer Chad Chilton whose arrangements on a sample drum pad bring in bass and synthesizers. 

The quintet of “Men I Trust” do not banter at all between songs, so Emma Proulx’s lyrics do all the talking for the band. Loaded with a myriad of hazy, chorus-effect heavy guitars the house music of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive fit perfectly with the band’s major inspiration from shoegaze. What really modernizes the band’s sound is their infusion of Jazz and R&B into their music especially on the songs “Sugar” and “Billie Toppy.” While the Backyard stage of Revolution Live was packed, the audience were truly receptive to sitting back and letting the band’s waves of sound wash over them with only the occasional “woo” for a song they recognized. Midway through the show the band debuted a new untitled song, possibly called “Visions” which has plenty of the laidback chill vibe fans have come to love from the group.

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