A lot of the more worthwhile bands from the early USHC era were the ones unafraid of pissing people off and truly distinguishing themselves from the competition. For instance Void, United Mutation and the Meat Puppets were ***ing with the sounds of Motorhead, 13th Floor Elevators and Hank Williams respectively to create unhinged, one of a kind records that still sound fresh today. Formed out of Ashton, Maryland and active during the height of DC’s straight edge scene, No Trend had that same kind of disregard for toeing the line but added an extra dose of hate and antagonism to the mix. Looking at hardcore as a predominately conservative, formulaic movement, they went out of their way to alienate the more close minded elements of the scene, pulling stunts like turning runway fog lights on their audiences.
That kind of attitude can be heard seething all over debut LP Too Many Humans, not that it would count for a whole lot if they couldn't also bring the goods musically. Mirroring the constant seam of misanthropic disgust and mockery running through the lyrics, the songs on offer here frequently lock into lurching, bass heavy grooves with plenty of Falconi-esque guitar damage slathered over the top. The assault is disconcerting in its relentlessness. Despite the validity of the Flipper and PiL comparisons that seem to follow NT they definitely still had their own thing going on, and besides, it's impossible to successfully mimic those bands anyway. “Reality Breakdown” in particular is a burner, but trust me when I say the whole record is worth your time. Frontman Jeff Mentges also deserves a special mention for his intense vocal style and sociological insights, typified by the way he delivers the title track’s line “too many humans/you breed like rats/and you’re no ***ing better," as good a summation as any of No Trend’s outlook and the music it produced.