TRUST #186, €3, 8” x 11½”, 66 pgs.

We’ve got another beautiful issue of TRUST, the second-longest running punk zine out there after MRR, as far as I know. My usual routine with TRUST is to flip through quickly while looking for any signs of English (a Crass quote here, a generous Razorcake issue #99 review there, (thanks!)), then I go back to page one and drool over the layout and photos. Issue #186 features an interview with Alice Bag, and it begins with, yes, a photo of a paper lunch bag. She’s probably used to that gag by now, but visual puns and the like speak to the zine’s humor and style. The pages are drenched in black ink, as if the zine were crafted by a renegade crew of pallid monk typographers and photographers who’d committed themselves to the study of punk as it appears in basement lighting. Clearly, I find grimy beauty of this magnitude intoxicating. Aside from all that gushing, though, I should say this issue also features interviews with Penny Rimbuad, Lebenden Toten, Zonenpunk, and fuzz rockers Sneeze Attack, a group who I’m into now. Thanks, TRUST! –Jim Joyce (Trust, Verlag, Postfach 11 07 62, 28087 Bremen, Germany, trust-zine.de)