Trash Talk
119


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Lizotte USER (24 Reviews)
October 9th, 2012 | 36 replies | 6,094 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Very rarely does an album seem to capture emotion and purpose like this.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Trash Talk has had a healthy underground career, garnering positive reviews from their past work (even from the folks at Pitchfork), and gaining a large following of dedicated fans in the process. After a series of attempts with producers, Trash Talk decided to be their own producer on 119, writing and recording the record at the Trash Talk Collective headquarters, where they live, practice, skate, and party; as vocalist Lee Spielman has stated, "Our neighborhood has definitely been a big influence on the record -- seeing the street-level *** that's going on around us." Their alliance with Odd Future seems warranted, and poetic at the same time. Both collectives are known for similar musical attitudes, and intense, almost violent, live shows, due to enthusiastic fan-bases. 119 is Trash Talk's finest album, musically, but it goes above that. In 22 minutes, Trash Talk defines who they are, where they've been, and the bright future they have in store.

Silent cymbal taps and feedback, which precede "Eat the Cycle," set the tone for the whole record. The lo-fi production is emblematic of everything that constitutes 119; fast paced, driving hardcore, fueled by fast riffing, and the powerful screams of Lee Spielman. Single, "F.E.B.N.," showcases Trash Talk at their most comfortable. Sam Bosson pounds away during the song's introduction, and Garrett Stevenson's guitar riffs give way to a heavy, anthemic chorus, which finds Spielman shouting, "Onward, upward, always. Foward ever, backwards never." One of the more musically diverse tracks is "Apathy," which comes across as a sinister take on a Black Keys song, and is much less aggressive than most other songs on 119. The track is characterized by a slick bass-line, and an experimental mid-section.

The highlight here is the Odd Future collaboration, "Blossom & Burn," which features rapper Hodgy Beats, and the Odd Future ringleader himself, Tyler, the Creator. In the vein of slower, older songs like "Hash Wednesday," the Trash Talk rhythm section pounds away to a slow rhythm, as feedback pulses through the speakers, aside Spielman's shrieks. The marriage between hip-hop and hardcore is beautiful here, but looks awful on paper. Hodgy Beats impresses with his aggressive, nearly screamed, verse, and Tyler proves that he is worthy of the collaboration; his deep voice hardly needs any altering for a hardcore song, as he manages to fit in with ease.

"Exile on Broadway" slides back on classic punk roots, featuring a groovy bass-line, and emitting a more experimental sound from the quartet. Lee Spielman shows diversity, toning down the shrieks, and providing a more yelling-based vocal technique, which we hear again throughout the album. "Reasons" demonstrates an obvious Nirvana influence, with a sludgy riff lacing the whole track together, and a heavy outro. Bassist, Spencer Pollard, who also provides the deep, background screams, is the sole vocalist on "Dogman," the album's closer. "Dogman" is ready for Trash Talk's live set, featuring the loud, chaotic, metal side of the band, very much like the material found on 2010's "Eyes & Nines." Bosson's work on the drums is fantastic throughout the whole song, and he gets the last minute to himself, as he adds fill after fill to end a memorable album.

Some of the songs fall into the forgettable category, mostly due to their length (a handful of songs are less than a minute long). 119 is over faster than you can think, and it leaves little to be desired. Trash Talk wears their identity proudly on 119, showing improved songwriting, and a refined sound, the product of time and hard work. The future looks bright, and Odd, for this group.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



48562 Comments


So you're saying it's very #rare

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

alachlahol
October 9th 2012



7423 Comments


119 is over faster than you can think, and it leaves little to be desired.


an album that leaves little to be desired is a 4?

alachlahol
October 9th 2012



7423 Comments


nevermind you probably just didnt understand what the phrase meant before you wrote it down (sad
but true)

this band has never put out quality material theyre not gonna start now,, im guessing theyre one of
the only hardcore bands youve heard and you think moshing is cool

bbdmittenz
October 9th 2012



213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry, I thought music reviewing was subjective.

alachlahol
October 9th 2012



7423 Comments


no it is,, we just now know your taste is objectively bad

Kris.
October 9th 2012



11374 Comments


old tt is cool cuz it sounds like ceremony but this will prolly suck cuz that ep sucked also review sucks also lol tt on wolf gang wtf golf wang nigga free earl

Kirchoff
October 9th 2012



1 Comments


You have no idea what you're talking about alachlahol. He used the correct phrase, "leaves little to
be desired" means exactly what it states, one does not desire any more and if they do, it's a
miniscule amount. Therefore it's a positive phrase.

Also, don't be a dick.

pmmets07
October 9th 2012



5787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"this band has never put out quality material theyre not gonna start now"

plagues is a fucking awesome ep

Rev
October 9th 2012



9292 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album is terrible

alachlahol
October 9th 2012



7423 Comments


You have no idea what you're talking about alachlahol. He used the correct phrase, "leaves little to
be desired" means exactly what it states, one does not desire any more and if they do, it's a
miniscule amount. Therefore it's a positive phrase.


its an idiom!!!!!!!!!! by saying something leaves little to be desired your implying theres isnt much material worth wanting

bbdmittenz
October 9th 2012



213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah, more like implying that the product is sufficient the way it is. Thanks, Kirchoff.

Hep Kat
October 9th 2012



14023 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this bad, plagues good

shit review

Digging: Fucked Up - Year of the Dragon

skippingboy123
October 9th 2012



431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tough guy hXc Trash Talk: Walking Disease (thrash) ≥ Plagues (mosh) > Self-Titled (dark-ish) > Split (raw)

punk Trash Talk: Awake (punk) > 119 (NYHC hardcore) >>> Eyes & Nines (retarded)



skippingboy123
October 9th 2012



431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Punk Album of the Year: CREEM - s/t

CREEM / CREEM / CREEM / CREEM

CREAM with 2 E's.

http://derangedrecords.bandcamp.com/album/creem

CREEEEEM > Trash Talk // Trash Talk wish they were this cool.

Hep Kat
October 9th 2012



14023 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yea that creem album is pretty good thank you for trying very hard to be cool like me

pmmets07
October 9th 2012



5787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is a really well written review. don't really see how that could be argued.

alachlahol
October 9th 2012



7423 Comments


Nah, more like implying that the product is sufficient the way it is. Thanks, Kirchoff.


whollee shit ill even look it up to let you know what truth really is---


Idiom: leave little to be desired (leave much to be desired)

- To be slightly or very inadequate or unsatisfactory.


pmmets07
October 9th 2012



5787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that would be incorrect, though... that's like when people say "i could care less" when they really mean "i couldn't care less"

the difference is whether you say "it leaves little to be desired" or "it leaves A little to be desired"

DatsNotDaMetulz
October 9th 2012



1537 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Seems alright to me, nothing special. Mate says it's rather one paced, which is something he never thought he'd have to say about Trash Talk.

ZombieParty
October 9th 2012



316 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Blossom & Burn is the worst song on the album



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