Its been a week since Trash Talk dropped a new EP, Tangle, out of the blue. The Sacramento hardcore four-piece have made a name for themselves as being the last word in visceral and violent punk noise, yet they’ve been surprisingly quiet since the release of their 2014 album, No Peace.
Fans who didn’t wholly approve of No Peace‘s introduction of hooks and a more song-orientated structure (although really they just didn’t like the fact that the album was released through Odd Future) may be disappointed here, as the band continue down a more straight forward approach to punk and hardcore. Perhaps what’s most telling on Tangle is that the band have pared back on the full throttle, hit-and-run approach that characterised their earlier works. This really allows their ideas to breathe a bit more, and stops a few tracks from becoming nothing more than throw aways.
There’s still the raw, snotty aggression that the band have made their calling card, but its been packaged in a slightly more digestible format. Opener “Disconnected” is chorus driven in the sense that there is a repeated mantra from frontman Lee Spielman (with backing shouts from bassist Spencer Pollard) replete with Black Flag style grooves and guitar wails, yet there is still a rough harshness to the song that stops it from being too friendly and easy on the ear. “Mr. Nobody” follows suit in similar fashion with creeping and lurching guitars and raucous, rolling drums, which actually works to great effect and gets nicely lodged in your head.
A dirty and scuzzy bass line introduces “Constrictor”, before feedback soaked, atonal guitars arrive and worship at the altar of Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn. The most old-school Trash Talk style track on this short venture, “Feen”, is all attitude and blasts with uncontrollable fury for around a minute, before “Soothe Sayer” rounds things off with feedback-drenched guitars. Overall this neat exercise in punk and hardcore nicely clocks in at around ten minutes without any fuss or issues for the listener.
I suppose there really isn’t much more to say about Tangle other than its business as usual for Trash Talk. Sure, there is a greater use of retro punk rock sensibilities, but that doesn’t deviate too far from the style that they established on No Peace. However, that doesn’t mean that these won’t go down well in a live setting, as the band will always provide an intensity that makes each and every track more awesome.
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