ARTIST :TRASH TALK

ALBUM : SQUALOR

LABEL : TRASH TALK COLLECTIVE

RATING : 8/10

WORDS : LUCA CESCON  

Music will save us, again. 2020 has been one of the worst years in recent history, with an unprecedented worldwide mix of health issues, natural disasters, social protests and wicked political plans. Despite this, the music industry is poised between a complete market’s failure and an underground yet undercurrent Renaissance, with lots of bands and labels trying to give their contribution despite these terrible situations. Shows, tours, releases have been postponed since the first months of the year, forcing the insiders to re-organise and re-create the whole idea of music. Luckily, we can rely on some of our favourite bands and labels: it seems that this year won’t be that bad after all. This year will also be remembered as the one marking the return of the legendary punk-hardcore act Trash Talk

Trash Talk, 2020. Credit: Ari Marcopoulos

One of Trash Talk’s best features  is their ability to transform a “standard” punk song in a track rich in details, with those little features that will be stuck in your mind for days

Sacramento’s very own quartet is back with a super-fast brand new EP which brings us some stage-diving vibes during these difficult days. Five tracks and less than nine minutes of raw musical assault; Squalor is the modern hardcore soundtrack we need during these protests weeks going on around the world. 

Following Tangle, their 2016 EP, this new record brings us the best Trash Talk ever. Produced by the hip-hop rising star Kenny Beats, this four-tracks record is a further step forward for the California-based act. Opening track Point No Point is an extreme mix of blast beats and in-your-face bass attacks, delivering us what we’re here for: a punk track without compromises. Lee Spielman vocals are even more interesting and direct, compared to the band’s previous discography. Trash Talk have approached their fifteenth year of activity and Squalor seems to be lighting up the path for what this band might be in the future. One of Trash Talk’s best features  is their ability to transform a “standard” punk song in a track rich in details, with those little features that will be stuck in your mind for days (Something Wicked). 

 This EP shows no mercy, it has no interests in sounding different from what it is: basically, an hardcore-punk ensemble of tracks

While Worst Of Times sounds like a Go Deep track, with a pogo-inducing final guitar riff, Clutch/A.N.M. brings back the old Trash Talk to our hearts and ears. Squalor’s final song, titled Kicking & Screaming, is the longest track off the record. Literally split into two parts, a faster one (with drums blast beats) and a slower one (with the guitar riff as main theme of the song), this track delivers an extremely interesting final hip-hop beat that leads the song to its end. 

Squalor is one of the best EPs you’ll hear from now on, and not just because it’s a Trash Talk record. This EP shows no mercy, it has no interests in sounding different from what it is: basically, an hardcore-punk ensemble of tracks, added to the wise and young vision of one of the best producers in the game at the moment. It’s time to start a riot down in the streets: Squalor will be the best soundtrack available to keep listening to while tagging some police cars.  

      Squalor is out now via Trash Talk Collective

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