Last month, Los Angeles hardcore leaders Trash Talk — who have a long history of genre crossover with hip-hop — announced their new EP, Squalor, the band’s first release in four years. The five-track EP was helmed by rap producer Kenny Beats (Vince Staples, Gucci Mane, Ski Mask the Slump God, Rico Nasty), who brought a new energy and perspective to Trash Talk’s characteristically aggro sound, as heard on the release’s blistering lead single, “Something Wicked.”
In addition to being Trash Talk’s first project with Beats, Squalor is also the group’s first record with just one producer working on every song. Guitarist Garrett Stevenson explained, “We did a record with Steve Albini, but that was more about engineering. Working with Kenny was the first time we’ve had real input in the studio. We stepped outside our typical routine.”
Squalor was set for drop on June 5th, but in light of current events, particularly, the killing of George Floyd and the resulting worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, Trash Talk have delayed its release. “We are black lives, we stand for black lives,” the band said in a joint statement. “Now is not the time for entertainment, it is time for action. With that being said.. We are postponing our upcoming release until further notice. Be safe. Use your voice.” No new release date has been announced as of yet, but the EP is still available for pre-order. Blast “Something Wicked” and check out Squalor’s cover art and track listing below.
We are black lives, we stand for black lives. Now is not the time for entertainment, it is time for action. With that being said.. We are postponing our upcoming release until further notice. Be safe. Use your voice.
— @TRASH_TALK (@TRASH_TALK) June 2, 2020
Squalor track listing:
1. Point No Point
2. Something Wicked
3. Worst of Times
5. Kicking & Screaming