The Los Angeles-based hardcore punk band Trash Talk released their fifth studio album, No Peace, earlier this year.
Trash Talk have steadily been releasing material since their formation in 2005, either on their own Trash Talk Collective label or in conjunction with another label. But their most recent, and rather surprising, deal has been with hip hop collective Odd Future, with their last two albums being released by the OFWGKTA record label. Their relationship has gone beyond just business. The band has been known to perform Tyler, The Creator's song, "Radicals," with Tyler as a closer at a few Odd Future shows.
No Peace opens with a track produced by The Alchemist, titled "Amnesiac." It's dark and heavy, and sets the tone for the rest of the album. After a fadeout, they launch right into the hardcore with "Jigsaw." Other standouts include the catchier (comparatively) tracks "The Hole" and "Cloudkicker," the latter featuring my favorite chorus on the album.
One of the biggest surprises comes from the song "Prometheus," which has an almost sludge metal feel with its slower tempo and thick guitar tone. The album wraps up with another Alchemist track, "Reprieve." No Peace also gives us my pick for one the best videos of the year for "The Great Escape."
This is their most aggressive sounding release to date. The guitar tones are muddier, and the vocals are downright dirty. The album was recorded in New York City, and comes closest to capturing the chaos of the band's live shows. Audiophiles might naysay the lack of clarity in the production compared to Trash Talk's previous releases, but it's that raw quality that gives this LP a certain edge. Think of the way bones might sound in a meat grinder and you've got the overall tone of No Peace.
With the exception of the Alchemist-produced tracks, there's not much variation on this record -- as TheNeedleDrop puts it: "It's hardcore for the sake of hardcore." This is good news for hardcore purists, but might leave a little more to be desired for newcomers to Trash Talk's music. However, if you're looking to get into hardcore punk, Trash Talk is a fantastic foray into the scene.
Overall, Trash Talk deliver an excellent, well executed punk album. It is my recommendation to keep an eye on this band. With their connections to Odd Future, and the subsequent cultural crossover, these West Coast rockers have the potential to be a strong unifying force within the punk and hip hop communities.
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