Name We Sell Now (2005, Trust
are a 3-piece rock unit from DC that play a polished, but slinky
brand of math-rock not unlike Don Caballero, Battles (sans electronic
help) and Shipping News. I couldn't find much info on the band online
but I can tell you these guys can make their instruments wiggle
and dance, giving this effort a much fuller sound than one would
expect. The band also dons a collective muzzle, adding a dash of
irony to their moniker.
Name We Sell Now opens up with two straight-forward rawk nuggets
and then 'Round As Can Be' picks up some steam with its rumblin'
bass lines and cracklin' guitar pasta. 'Come Clean' features an
interesting breakdown with half-shouted vocals and handclaps (huh?).
Yeah, I said handclaps. This kind of rips a page out of the Panoply
Academy playbook, playful but frenetic. The album closes with a
majestic tune that starts off relatively quiet, bridges with a few
loopy samples, then ends with a crescendo of all parts coming together
in swells of 6-string noise.
Name We Sell Now is relaxed and does not require refined taste
or patience from the listeners. The individual songs waste no time
getting to the point, sometimes over before you realize they even
began. They flow smoothly from one to the next and together make
up one fine listening experience. If you are looking for complex
art-rock, there's not too much for you to chew on. But if you enjoy
melodic math-rock with your morning biscuit, Verbal it is.