new music: trash talk’s latest ‘no peace’ is best hardcore record of the year so far. #soundcheck

May 28, 2014

As anyone who saw Trash Talk’s bone crushing set at Afropunk Fest 2013 can attest, there’s just about no-one in the modern hardcore scene on their level. Building on last year’s triumphant 119, the band blends sludgy guitars with hip-hop nods with their straight-ahead hardcore on their latest No Peace.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

Opening with the Alchemist produced “Amnesiatic” the record makes it clear from the start that Trash Talk have more to say than just regurgitating 80’s hardcore cliches. No Peace’s first proper track, “Jigsaw” switches between breakneck fury and a sludgy 6/8 breakdown. Even when the band slows it down, it’s still hard as fucking nails. On “Leech,” singer Lee Spielman seems to be channeling Kurt Cobain for the closest the band has come thus far to a melodic hook.

That’s not to say that this album has nothing to offer fans of blood and guts hardcore. Tracks like “Cloudkicker,” “Body Stuffer,” and “Prometheus” deliver the righteous fury of Trash Talk’s live set. The impressive thing is that far too often hardcore records play as some sort of souvenir of a band’s live show, serving as more of a reminder of that once-in-a-lifetime experience in the pit. No Peace is the rare hardcore record to stand on its own. This isn’t just a document of what the band can do on stage, this is a complete thought; an album in the classic sense. “Just a Taste” finds the band experimenting with ambiance just beneath the thrashing riffs. There’s shades to this nihilism. The record closes with the fittingly titled “Reprieve.” Another instrumental produced by The Alchemist, the band offers up a hypnotic distorted bassline to be cut and spliced. They’re joined on the bonus track “Stackin Skins” by King Krule and Wiki, furthering Trash Talk’s holy quest to singlehandedly merge hip-hop and hardcore. A whole album of collaborations with The Alchemist might alienate longterm fans, but in those 2 minute long instrumentals, Trash Talk opens up a world of sonic possibilities. When was the last time a hardcore band did that?

Album available here.

* Banner photo: Trash Talk at AFROPUNK Fest 2013 by Liz Ramanand/Noisecreep