Trash Talk
Awake


3.0
good

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
October 18th, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


At first glance the meteoric rise of Sacramento hardcore mob, Trash Talk over the last year or so appears unprecedented. A band with such unrelenting rage, absence of traditional structure and downright diabolical lyrics should be found nowhere near mainstream festivals and journalistic outlets. But lo and behold, there they were at Reading Festival last year, throwing bins at their audience; there they were at Soundwave Festival kicking up a dust storm; and there they are in various magazines worldwide. On the other hand they have always had a curious infectiousness which has allowed them to offer more than just simple shock value. Last year’s ‘Eyes & Nines’ saw the near-paradoxical balance between furious brevity and memorable hooks shift dramatically in favour of the latter. The quartet’s latest effort, ‘Awake’ attempts to further this shift.

This makes sense. It means ‘Awake’ sounds like a natural progression from ‘Eyes & Nines’ as old-school hardcore and punk influences are more prominent. In short, it sounds like Ceremony’s ‘Rohnert Park’ only with a more playful sense of aggression. The opening title track, for instance, brims with vitriolic energy; whereas ’Burn Alive’ spits nihilistic lyrics such as “only the good die young, so burn alive”, over unrelenting power chords. All of this is nothing new for Trash Talk, but on ‘Awake’ it feels more upbeat – fun, even. The influence of producer Joby J. Ford from The Bronx is also evident, especially in the rollicking bluesy riffs and rhythmic stomp of ‘Blind Evolution’. All this considered, one could accuse Trash Talk of diluting their identity, their inexplicably pissed-off take on modern hardcore, of favouring a more approachable sound wherein specific influences are more readily identifiable.

In a way, ‘Awake’ also sounds like Trash Talk inadvertently confronting critics who accuse them of putting more into their live show than their records. To be honest, this is still a fair critique to make, though for how much longer remains to be seen. This is not because ‘Awake’ is far more accomplished or fleshed out than the rest of their discography, but because it is difficult to imagine it sparking the same levels of pit carnage which ‘Plagues’ or ‘Walking Disease’ did. Furthermore, the more obvious array of influences on display here give the impression that ‘Awake’ is more considered than their previous work. However, this does reduces the band’s impulsive sense of misanthropy, and so is not a positive aspect. It is unfortunate, but on ‘Awake’ Trash Talk’s sense of omnidirectional anger seems somewhat muted.

Cynics might argue that it was inevitable that ‘fame’ would cause Trash Talk’s fury to begin to subside and might cause them to craft a more accessible sound – to “sell out”, no matter how arbitrary that insult is. But to be honest, although ‘Awake’ isn’t as furious as fans have come to expect, and though it does have a more approachable aesthetic, it is not a million miles away from what they have released before. Specifically, ‘Awake’ has much in common with 2010’s ‘Eyes & Nines’, while moments such as the slowed, closing refrain of “I don’t care where you’re going, I just care that you’re gone” in ‘Blind Evolution’ recalls ‘Plague’s melodrama . ‘Awake’ is pretty much the same Trash Talk we’ve come to expect, only this time they’re having more fun being angry than ever before.



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Hep Kat
October 18th 2011


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah this is ok

craigy2
October 18th 2011


551 Comments


most of their stuff is just ok. it just has a high replay factor because of it's catchiness and short running time. hence, 800 plays on last.fm

Hep Kat
October 18th 2011


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i still think plagues is their best release. they should go back to that sound forreal forreal

craigy2
October 18th 2011


551 Comments


totally agree with that. plagues > walking disease > trash talk > this > eyes & nines

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2011


7357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll give this a listen, but it seems kinda pointless given that their previous album only lasted 20 minutes or something

cvlts
October 18th 2011


8967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ep's fun. still not interested in this band all too much

sniper
October 18th 2011


19076 Comments


I'll give this a listen, but it seems kinda pointless given that their previous album only lasted 20 minutes or
something
how is that a problem

craigy2
October 18th 2011


551 Comments


i know it's a cliche, but they are SO much better live than on record. if you're not really into them try to see them live or at least check out some decently shot videos on youtube.

Kris.
October 18th 2011


12345 Comments


so many actual fights broke out when i saw them
it's fucking violent but so awesome
bout to listen to this

struth
October 19th 2011


435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

FLAC downloading now, bet this is better than a 3.

struth
October 19th 2011


435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@AliW1993 Did you seriously just complain that a hardcore album was short?

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2011


7357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know short albums are a feature of the genre but I think that too many of them are simply too short to build any momentum. That was the main issue I had with Trash Talk's last album although I liked it.

struth
October 19th 2011


435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's because hardcore delivers straight away, with no bullshit. No need to build momentum. Aerosols' s/t is only 10min and interesting as shit.

Adabelle
October 19th 2011


4258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Preferred Walking Disease to Plagues but yeah, I still haven't got this, only heard the first track.

cbmartinez
October 19th 2011


2525 Comments


hipster hardcore

struth
October 20th 2011


435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This rules.

Adabelle
October 24th 2011


4258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Now I have got this and have listened a good few times and I can confirm, this rules.

Eskate87
October 29th 2011


959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i fuckin love this EP

Adabelle
October 29th 2011


4258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Snap.

Winsomniac
February 7th 2012


7983 Comments


Video for Awake is kinda cool.


Video for Slander is WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS OH GOD YES.



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