TR/ST has shared the new single Unbleached. The song was written with Maya Postepski (also of Austra and Princess Century) and is lifted from TR/ST’s new album, ‘The Destroyer’. Take a listen to the single via YouTube below.
Released in two parts, ‘Destroyer – 1’ and ‘Destroyer – 2,’ the first LP will be out on April 19 with the second 8 track instalment coming in November 2019 both out via Royal Mountain Records. Combined, the ‘The Destroyer’ LPs are one piece but will be distributed as two stand-alone albums, different sides of the same coin. This is TR/ST’s much anticipated third album and follows the two previous records, 2012’s self-titled release and 2014’s ‘Joyland’.
TR/ST will also be embarking on EU and North American tours, including Toronto and Montreal dates in April. Details can be found below.
In the five years since releasing ‘Joyland,’ TR/ST’s last full-length album, Robert Alfons wrote and recorded songs in a farmhouse in southern Ontario and in Los Angeles and worked with an all-star cast of collaborators.
Maya Postepski (of Austra), Alfons’s primary collaborator on the 2012 Juno Award-nominated debut ‘TRST,’ co-wrote and co-produced six of the album’s songs, and Alfons worked with co-producers Lars Stalfors and Damian Taylor to refine the album’s sound. But he found the key ingredient in creating this driving and anthemic album—which will be released in two parts; the first on April 19, 2019 and the second in November, 2019—was patience.
“The environment I work in has always guided me. But it took a long time to submit to the kind of patience these songs were asking of me. I was getting glimpses of what I wanted to achieve with the album,” he says. “But it wasn’t feeling cohesive; things weren’t aligning in a clear direction.” Alfons realized it was a question of patience and perseverance. “My first two records were put out so close to one another that I think of them as one,” he says, “They just poured out of me.” With ‘The Destroyer,’ the process was entirely different. “It was so much more careful. I found myself seeking spaces of absolute quiet; I needed them in order to hear what was going on inside.”
Iris, the first song Alfons wrote for the album, began to take shape near the end of 2014, just before he moved to Los Angeles. He credits the city with contributing greatly to the album. “It’s this huge, polarized, frantic place, bursting with sound,” he says, “But it can also be lonely and alienating. In a way, that contrast became a kind of inspiration for the new work.”
Iris would end up setting the tone for what became a collection of 16 tracks. “Lyrically and thematically, Iris characterizes what so much of this record is about,” Alfons says. “Sonically, it teeters between warmth, melody and exhilaration on one hand, and isolating, industrial hardness on the other. That was a contrast I wanted to play with from the beginning.”
If there’s a theme that sums up the process of making this record, it’s the deconstruction of shame. “When I was a child, making music was a necessity for me in order to feel sane,” Alfons says. “It was a way to understand and overcome blockages I couldn’t necessarily define. And in a way this album was a return to that, to letting the music guide my growth, rather than vice versa.”
‘The Destroyer’ is available for preorder here.
04/09 – London, UK | Corsica Studios
04/11 – Barcelone, ES | Razzmatazz
04/12 – Madrid, ES | Sala Caracol
04/13 – Paris, FR | Le Bababoum
04/15 – Amsterdam, NL | Bitterzoet
04/17 – Copenhagen, DK | Vega
04/19 – Berlin, DE | Urban Spree
04/20 – St. Petersburg, RU| MOD
04/21 – Moscow, RU | Pluton
04/26 – Toronto, ON | Phoenix Concert Theatre
04/27 – Montreal, QC | Corona Theatre
05/01 – Boston, MA | Brighton Music Hall
05/03 – Brooklyn, NY | Elsewhere
05/04 – Philadelphia. PA | Underground Arts
05/05 – Washington, DC | U Street Music Hall
05/09 – Detroit, MI | El Club
05/10 – Chicago, IL | Lincoln Hall
05/11 – Minneapolis, MN | Fine Line Music Cafe
05/14 – Portland, OR | Wonder Ballroom
05/15 – Seattle, WA | Neumos
05/17 – San Francisco, CA | Great American Music Hall
05/18 – Los Angeles, CA | The Fonda Theatre
6/07-09 – Austin, TX | Austin Terror Fest