The Jealous Sound / Nolan / The New Trust - live in Iowa City (Cover Artwork)

The Jealous Sound / Nolan / The New Trust

The Jealous Sound / Nolan / The New Trust: live in Iowa Citylive in Iowa City (2003)
Better Looking Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: maverickScott
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2003 has been the year of the Jealous Sound. A new album, a supportive label, a feature in SPIN, even a opening stint for the Foo Fighters - this band is on the cusp of stardom. Someone forgot to tell the kids in Iowa City, though, as roughly two-to-three dozen kids showed up over the course of .

2003 has been the year of the Jealous Sound. A new album, a supportive label, a feature in SPIN, even a opening stint for the Foo Fighters - this band is on the cusp of stardom.

Someone forgot to tell the kids in Iowa City, though, as roughly two-to-three dozen kids showed up over the course of the evening, myself and Moldy included.

The New Trust didn't care, though. They opened the show with a bang, and could have cared less if they were playing for 5 or 500 people - they were in it for the rock. The New Trust consists of Josh from the Velvet Teen and Michael from Benton Falls, and their sound is sort of an amalgamation between those two bands - it's more punk/hardcore influenced than the former, but not as nearly plodding and methodical as the latter. Josh's vocals are absolutely gorgeous, and combined with their unique sound, they won over Moldy [which is a very difficult thing to do]. I was already won over by their self-released EP that Slowdance Records is helping distribute, so their live show was just icing on their beautifully designed cake that is their CD [seriously, the packaging on this thing is nothing short of breathtaking]. So anyway, the final score was New Trust - 1, Iowa City - 0.

Local act Nolan was up next, and while I knew they looked familiar, I couldn't place it. After talking with the female guitarist of the New Trust [who also looked incredibly familiar], I realized Nolan was one of the opening acts at the Rainer Maria / Mates of State show in Galesburg [at which the New Trust's guitarist was selling merch for those bands]. To quote my review from before for Nolan, they sounded like "a Mineral ripoff with more uptempo songs." They also felt the need to announce that they hadn't practiced in weeks, and even though they sounded good and tight, it was annoying because you kept on wondering if maybe they *were* messing up, and you just couldn't tell. So once again, Nolan slips by my radar with not so much as a blip of recognition. Sorry, boys.

Finally, the band everyone [all 25 of us] were there to see, the Jealous Sound, took the stage. While Blair and company looked less than thrilled at the turnout, they didn't let it affect their performance. Kicking their set off with "Hope," from their wonderful debut full-length Kill Them With Kindness, the band swept me away for the next hour or so. Playing 3/4s of their full-length as well as every song off their self-titled EP, everyone in the audience who was familiar with the band got to hear pretty much everything they wanted. Standouts for me included "The Fold Out," "The Gift Horse," and the rocking, top-40-hit-in-an-alternate-universe "Naive." The stage banter was funny [with Blair accidentally calling the city "Iowa Falls," then apologizing profusely], the musicianship was tight [with not a single guitar effect missed by Pedro], and the overall atmosphere was one of a singalong [at least for the handful of people, including me, who knew the words].

The Jealous Sound played like pros, and proved to their small-yet-rabid crowd just why they should be huge. I, for one, didn't mind the small crowd - it's obvious that the next time they come around, the place will be much, much fuller.

Does That Make Sense
Bitter Strings
The Fold Out
Abandon! Abandon!
For Once In Your Life
The Gift Horse
What's Wrong Is Everywhere
Above The News
Quiet Life
Anxious Arms


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Katie4213 (August 31, 2003)

new trust = absolutely amazing live. jealous sound = absolutely amazing live.

if you have the chance to see either one of these bands, do it!

Leandro (August 31, 2003)

Is Blair the one who looks like Bat-boy?

sloppyblake (August 31, 2003)

jawbox was better.

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

I love the Jealous Sound!

Is Blair an albino?

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

the jealous sound is amazing, and heartfelt, and moving in a way few bands are. I had the pleasure to meet blair a while ago, and he is one of the sweetest guys ever. The EP owns, the full length owns, and everyone should know this already. So do yourself a favor, go buy both releases from the jealous sound, and learn a thing or two about real emotion.

maverick (August 29, 2003)

I believe that Larry Arms show is on October 3rd, right? If it is, I'm almost 100% positive I'll be there, probably with Moldy as well.


Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

Seriously, look out for the new trust. They are frickin amazing! Nicest people in the world. Talked with Mike when they hit MN and he just tore it up on guitar and was the most awesome, generous guy. Couldn't find Josh though. He was in the back the whole time. But seriously, amazing band. Gorgeous vocals, and the show was so fun. Even though there were about 20 people at the show, it was one of my most fun shows in recent years... and I had to miss Jealous Sound. Hey, scott... you ever gonna put up a review of the EP. I tried to do one myself, just to catch your attention, but I am not a writer of any sort, but I really think these guys deserve a review :)

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

scott, you think youll make it to iowa city for the ghost,lawrence arms, haymarket riot show? its going to be killer, all im saying. I'm going to get the ghost wasted and sleep with there girlfriends.


maverick (August 29, 2003)

To further talk about how awesome The New Trust is:
they needed a place to stay for two nights, as their next night they had off. I gladly volunteered my house. As we were driving back to the Quad Cities, Moldy and I figured that we could throw a party in his basement and have them play. Sure it was 16 hours notice, sure their basement is tiny as shit, and sure, our PA would be ghetto at best, but the band jumped at the opportunity.

That night, they set up their gear, we hung a microphone from the ceiling [as we had no mic stands], we packed about 40 people [and a keg] into this dank frat house basement, and the New Trust delivered the rock like it has never been delivered before. They sounded better than the night before in Iowa City, and probably had more people watching them.


The 5 star score above this post is for this show in Moldy's basement.


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