Trash Talk

No Peace Odd Fu­ture ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

The mosh pit-friendly na­ture of these Cal­i­for­ni­ans’ rage against the ma­chine, and their as­so­ci­a­tion with the Odd Fu­ture crew, have taken them be­yond the usual hard­core cir­cles. Trash Talk’s lat­est al­bum al­lows a few con­ces­sions to their newly ex­panded so­cial net­work – hip-hop pro­ducer Al­chemist turns a few tricks, and there’s also room here for ap­pear­ances from King Krule and Ratk­ing. Yet it’s the band’s own in­tense, punchy, cease­less hard­core riffs that dom­i­nate the pro­ceed­ings. The Hole, Jig­saw and es­pe­cially the sear­ing Locked in Skin are whiplash ex­am­ples of Trash Talk’s modus operandi. Played at fast-for­ward, break­neck speed, these tracks are lean, with com­pelling riffs and tor­tured, pow­er­ful angst from front­man Lee Spielman. You get the strong sense that Trash Talk are on the verge of do­ing some­thing sig­nif­i­cant. And we don’t mean writ­ing a three-minute tune.

Down­load: The Hole, Locked in Skin

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