Member changes are one of the most unwavering realities in the music industry. If you’re a band for long enough it’s bound to happen at least once over your lifespan (unless you’re Switchfoot). For Me And The Trinity this concept is ever too apparent, seeing as vocalist, Timothy Burnsed, is the only original member remaining in the band. After being forced to rebuild again and again, the group has finally solidified a lineup that looks to be around for the long haul – at least that’s what they’re banking on and so is their new label, Hotfoot Records.
After releasing two EPs and a full-length, Me And The Trinity’s chaotic hardcore landed them a deal with New York based, Hotfoot Records. The group often draws comparisons to the likes of The Chariot and Norma Jean, but their new EP (and Hotfoot debut), Crux, shows them stepping out from those molds and putting their own spin on the chaos-driven heavy music that has been predominantly ruled by The Chariot and Norma Jean for the last decade.
The new album was recorded entirely live using things like a 1936 Hammond Organ, a Rotary Leslie Speaker, a grand piano, a bouzouki, and a bunch of other cool instruments. They didn’t use any samples. They didn’t add anything extra. Everything you hear on the record was created live. In the day and age of digital production, it is very uncommon for bands to use real instruments for their entire record, but Me And The Trinity decided to do just that. “The product was a lot faster than any thing we had ever done and a lot more raw,” said Burnsed of the EP. “We did exactly what we wanted to do, didn’t put any frills or fancies in there, and we came out with something that we’re beyond stoked about.”
Burnsed sent the final product over to the owner of Hotfoot Records and asked him for his opinions on it, which turned out to be what lead to their signing at the label. The group ended up fielding offers from two labels, but Burnsed says they knew Hotfoot was where they were supposed to go. Since joining the Hotfoot family, Me And The Trinity have noticed a considerable difference in the amount of hype they’re receiving for this record because of the label’s vast network. “We’re getting placed in these areas that we’ve never been able to reach, and I think that’s one of the biggest differences we’ve seen so far – just being able to reach a few more people,” believes Burnsed.
The concept for Crux was born out of Burnsed looking back at his life and the decisions that have defined who he has become. The record is about not only figuring out how to make difficult choices in life, but also coming to the realization that it is perfectly acceptable to make mistakes. He says he wants people to take away from this record that “it’s okay to make mistakes. I think through the choices we make in our life, some decisions are good and some are bad, but no matter what that outcome is you’re going to learn from it.” The overarching theme of the record is that even in the midst of mistakes there is hope that can be found.
“Whether or not you believe in Christianity or believe in anything religious, I think hope is one of the most important things that a person can have,” says Burnsed.
Crux is the most well rounded release from Me And The Trinity up until this point, which is why it came as no surprise that Hotfoot wanted to release it through their label. The group is inadvertently working to fill the void left when The Chariot broke up last year, and it seems like they’re doing a very good job of that so far. The five song EP releases today, December 9, and the guys in Me And The Trinity are more stoked than ever to get this record out to as many people as possible.
Burnsed says guitarist, Evan Dixon, never stops writing new material and already has around five songs written for their next release. So, it appears the band has no interest in slowing down anytime soon. Crux is a new beginning of sorts for Me And The Trinity, and will hopefully be the catalyst to push them to bigger and better opportunities. Hotfoot Records may have stumbled upon a hidden gem, but they’re hoping it won’t be so hidden after December 9.