No Trend
Too Many Humans


4.0
excellent

Review

by jagride USER (3 Reviews)
August 16th, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist


A lot of the more worthwhile bands from the early USHC era were the ones that were 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.


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jagride
August 15th 2014


2379 Comments


too much namedropping in this review but at least it's good namedroppin

teen love is real good too

rasputin
August 15th 2014


14555 Comments


great record

ffs
August 15th 2014


4884 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool, i was thinking about reviewing this. is that you porch?

ffs
August 15th 2014


4884 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i get all my fashion tips from this album

PunchforPunch
August 15th 2014


6280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you breed like rats!!

jagride
August 16th 2014


2379 Comments


yeah it is ffs, sorry if you were set on reviewing it bud

WeepingBanana
August 20th 2014


10217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh damn didn't even see you reviewed this. ace fuckin album

when the doctor told her she was expecting, the young couple was ecstatic

ffs
November 8th 2014


4884 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what a stupid life

spookynewghostfriend
November 8th 2014


391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review

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Supercoolguy64
November 28th 2014


2471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ACID RAIN IS FAAAAAALLLLLLIIING
holy shit the vocalist's voice is like fingernails on a chalk board

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Supercoolguy64
November 28th 2014


2471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hot damn that was amazing, really tempted to give this a 4.5

WeepingBanana
November 29th 2014


10217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

real glad that you did



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