Sacramento hardcore punks, Trash Talk, recently paid a visit to South St. Philadelphia and the legendary TLA venue along with rap duo Mellowhype and Youth Attack Records recording artists, Salvation. This odd-pairing of sorts made for an interesting Monday night of energetic live performances despite modest ticket sales.
Philadelphia-area natives, Salvation, kicked things off with their patented blend of irate hardcore, which often finds members bloodied during performances from flying mics, guitars, or whatever other types of shrapnel are created during the ruckus. Youth Attack just repressed Salvations’ House of the Beating Hell EP on black vinyl in September after the EP made waves across various niche circles of hardcore, which CvltNation.com called “..Another killer with no filler release.”
Los Angeles-based hip hop duo, Trash Talk label-mates on Odd Future Records, and current OFWGKTA members, Mellowhype, took the stage and shifted the show vibes from one extremity to another. Mellowhype continue to support their latest and third full-length, Numbers, which hit streets in October and continues the duo’s propensity for bi-polar-like executions that range from ominous to infectiously quirky. Despite mixed reviews from music critics, the album managed to snag the number 1 position on the iTunes charts following the album’s release. Mellowhype also premiered a new music video earlier in the week for the song, “Break,” via Spin Magazine.
Trash Talk then took the stage, closing out the evening with a fury, putting in an adrenaline-filled performance much to the pleasure of an intimate crowd that was huddled by the stage.
Trash Talk continues to support a string of successful underground releases, including most recent effort, 119, which marks a definite shift in the band’s writing approach.
Pitchfork commented, “Rather than stampeding recklessly forward on the heels of cataclysmic frontman Lee Spielman, Trash Talk have re-directed their energy into mountainous, pile-driving riffs that hit with a lowdown, deliberate force.” And there was no lack of force as Trash Talk plowed through a dense selection of choice cuts that spanned their four full-length releases.
All pictures by Blow The Scene Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)