Trash Talk are a hardcore band from Sacremento, California and it goes without saying that Trash Talk have a reputation. The NME have labelled them ‘The worlds most dangerous band’, their crazy antics mean they have been barred from playing venues all over the world and those that do host them have been known to put up ‘You break it, you pay for it’ signs all round the place. But now you can add ‘makers of unbelievably brilliant music videos’ to that reputation too.
Seeing them play live is definitely exciting. Not knowing whats going to happen, not knowing what the band will do or how bat shit the crowd are going to go adds a real atmosphere to whatever venue they’re playing in. When we saw them play in Folkestone at the Quarterhouse a couple of years ago they looked fucked. Someone said they had just got off a flight from Japan but that didn’t affect how awesome they were that night. Nothing really ‘dangerous’ happened although that didn’t stop vocalist Lee Spielman finishing the show with blood pouring down his face. The highlight for me was when guitar player Garrett Stevenson jumped down to where my friend Paul was in the front row, looked him in the eye and without saying a word took the can of lager that Paul was holding and proceeded to take a massive swig and then hand the can back all the while without loosing eye contact. Paul stood there in wonder, totally bemused as to what had just happened.
Towards the end of last year, Trash Talk released their best effort to date. ‘Awake’ is a 5 track ep packed with power, violence, power violence and more power. It sounds huge and some of the songs venture into 2 minutes which is epic territory for the band.
The second track from the ep ‘Slander’ has been made into a music video to celebrate the launch of their own signature deck from Creature Skateboards, and was animated and directed by Jim Dirschberger. It tells the story of how a Trash Talk show would be if you were to take some seriously toxic mushrooms before going in.
In short the video is brilliant. In time, i’m sure, it will become the ‘Sledgehammer’ for the hardcore scene. Watch it!!!!!