Zero Trust might be a new name, but members of the New York-based outfit boast résumé credits spanning decades of the most creative, cutting-edge pockets of the area’s storied hardcore scene. With a lineup consisting of vocalist BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot, Ghidrah, GMK), guitarists Zack Thorne (Bulldoze, Agents of Man, Skarhead, etc.) and Mike Milewski (Bulldoze, Homicidal, etc.), Travis Stever (Coheed and Cambria) on bass and backing vocals, and Evan Rossiter (Full Scale Riot, Organyc) behind the kit, the group formed as a creative outlet during the quarantined isolation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing to experiment and innovate, the quintet unifies its broad palette of hardcore, metal, and alternative music experience into a progressive blend of dense, charging rhythms and melodic underpinnings; plus towering vocals and hook-laden songwriting that carries substantive lyrical themes reflecting on the socio-political turmoil that has erupted throughout the past year.
This spring, Zero Trust partners with Equal Vision Records for the release of their self-titled EP, featuring dual singles “Birch” and “Get It”. Having partially written the record pre-pandemic, Zero Trust finished the writing process virtually and recorded at the band’s Barrel Hanna Studio in Nyack, New York. The band’s debut is an immediately hard hitting and emotional experience, balancing their years of collective songwriting experience with a focus on pushing heavy music forward. Across the two tracks, vocalist BJ Allen reflects on how the systems in our society are working against the working class, and the collective reality that our world is permanently changed. Not satisfied by simply rearranging the same ingredients from the myriad of genres the members have already made a lasting impact on, Zero Trust opts for channeling their aggression into a new form that can’t be pigeonholed.