The New Root
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"Dream Exile EP Review"

Always liked Kate Bush but felt she should've been just a teensy bit more barking? Here's a little triple-track treat for you. Trish Boothby's vocal gymnastics tousle heath-like over husband David's melodramatic, tempi-shifting instrumentation, with a eminently capable rhythm section in hot pursuit. It's ambitious stuff, revealing more with each listen - title track 'Dream Exile' sees David's guitar shifting from distorted rock riffery through eerie plectrum slides to nimble jazzy bounce as Trish extemporises away with a wanton operatic passion about evil hearts, missed chances and the like. The gentler, late-night piano ballad 'Crazy' takes things down a notch (slow-driving bassline and sci-fi-mystic whammy bar guitar wailing away) before acoustic confessional 'Breathe Slow' brings us close to normality again - a breathy, tender meld of soaring, volatile voice and fret-vaulting guitarwork. Engagingly unique.'

Mike White - Venue Magazine Issue 853, 30th Jan 2009 - Venue Magazine

"Sick of Me EP Review"

'Husband and wife team Trish and David Boothby are the backbone of The New Root, purveyors of an extraordinary sound we can only describe as a sort of power pop/goth/rock opera hybrid that crashes ever forwards like it's on its way to save the last polar bear from a fragment of iceberg. If it's an outward expression of their marriage, you only hope they've got a good councellor (or live apart).

Trish has an Elizabeth Fraser-ish way of making the simplest words and phrases sound utterly incomprehensible - in a good, babbling-in-one's-sleep way. Her shrill banshee voice floats and cartwheels over the highly charged devil's music of David's squealing guitar and a walloping rhythm section of Joel Mines (drums) and Tony Silcock (bass and synths).

'Sick Of Me' sounds like a Depeche Mode/Tori Amos wrestling match. The most exhilarating thing we've heard all week.'

Anna Britten - Venue Magazine Issue 810, 27th March 2008 - Venue Magazine


Talk Is Ending (album) - 2010
Dream Exile (EP) - 2008
Sick of Me (EP) - 2008
Them (EP) - 2005

Many tracks have received airplay on BBC Introducing and there is a pre-release track from the new album streaming at



The New Root is fronted by husband and wife team Trish & David Boothby. 2010 marks the release of their debut album "Talk Is Ending", recorded at Toy Box Studios in Bristol (PJ Harvey, The Kills, MArk Ronson etc).

Recent shows include the opening of the new Colston Hall, the Oxjam Festival, and they won the Bristol Festival Battle of the Bands.

During 3 UK tours the band gave away thousands of copies of their last two EPs.