Sacramento four piece Trash Talk bring their aggressive live show to the UK once more, supporting Cancer Bats. Midnight Mixtape took to their tour bus to interview three quarters of the hardcore outfit.
Q: The tour with Cancer Bats just started, how’s it all going so far?
Garret: Dope… It’s been cool.
Sam: We’ve played one show, so far and today is two, we love those guys.
Q: You just got back from touring in Japan, how was it out there?
Sam: Crazy, fun, an experience as always. It’s always totally different than you think it’s going to be and at the same time so much fun.
Q: You’ve spent a lot of time touring UK this year, we saw you earlier in the year with Cancer Bats at the London Garage, and you’ve come back to play more shows and festivals, what is it about the UK that keeps bringing you back?
Sam: It’s a lot of fun!
Garret: Yeah, I don’t know… the UK is always cracking, we have a lot of friends here and its always easy to come back here and just chill, we like, spent the whole summer kinda living in London so we all just like hanging out and playing shows here, so we give back as much as we can.
Q: What do you like most about the UK? Or not like about it?
Spencer: I wish the food was better.Sam: I like all the friends we have, like all the homies we’ve made herd within the last few years, I consider them some of my better friends, it’s awesome. And it only helps ‘cos we come back so much. The food is pretty cool sometimes.
Q: What don’t you like about the food?
Spencer: Everything that’s not breakfast
Sam: I had bangers and mash and that was pretty good.
Q: ‘Eyes and Nines’ came out earlier this year, can you tell us a little bit about the record?
Spencer: We spent a little bit more time writing and recording the songs so they had a little longer to develop, we don’t think its entirely different from previous stuff it’s kind of an extension from it. When we were writing it we had a lot of fun and what came out is what came out. We’re happy with it, we love it.
Sam: It’s my favourite stuff.
Q: Trash Talk is kinda known for being a bit of a pretty reckless band, on stage at least, last time you were here you got kicked out of a few venues. Are you worried that venues aren’t gonna let you play anymore? Do you care about stuff like that or is that just part of who Trash Talk are?
Garret: There are always places to play.
Sam: Yeah, the certain circumstances in which we have got into trouble are so fucking stupid. I just think some of these places book a fucking hardcore band and don’t expect it to be a hardcore show and that’s what happens.
Q: Have you ever had problems with venues telling you to do or not doing certain things on stage?
Sam: Well that happens sometimes, people come up to us are like, “We’ve heard about you”. Last night the sound dude was like, “You’re not gonna break none of my mics are you? I know how you guys are, I heard about you.” I was like, “Okay man, we run our own mics.”
Q: Does that bother you at all?
Sam: Like whatever.
Spencer: What can you do?
Garret: I don’t give a fuck.
Q: We saw you guys rocking out at the Bane show. Quite a good hardcore show that night. We were having a chat with Aaron about how strong the hardcore community is right now not only with the fans but with the bands as well. Like everyone just seems to know everyone, how do you guys see that from the inside?
Sam: All these bands are compiled with people that we grew up with in the hardcore scene in California, or maybe not just in California but other places in America where we grew up and were going to shows seeing bands that are not around anymore and all these people grew up together seeing these hardcore bands and starting their own hardcore bands.
Spencer: For me I got to know guys from shows and stuff but Sam has known the guys from Touché for like 10 years.
Sam: We like grew up together. We all share the same love for punk and hardcore and go to shows and started our own bands and joined other bands and stuff and its cool to go on tour with some of you best friends and be like, wow these guys are doing so well its fucking awesome, like Touché Amore, we used to tour with them in the States and just watching them every night doing so well was exciting, they’ve gone so far and doing so well, its awesome, they’re a great band. There is definitely a community and stuff it’s awesome
Q: Midnight Mixtape are all about live music, what is the best thing for you about playing live?
Sam: The best thing about playing live?
Spencer: Playing live!
Spencer: Playing is the best part of playing live.
Sam: Yeah, playing live is the best thing.
Q: And what are some of the best bands that you’ve seen live?
Sam: I saw Sleep this year, that was like literally one of the best shows I’ve ever since in my entire life.
Spencer: Best band I’ve ever seen?…. Shit!?
Sam: Sleep was one of the best bands I’ve ever seen; I came out and was like, “Wow that was one of the best bands I’ve ever seen” They were so good, so loud, everything I wanted it to be and more.
Spencer: I saw Jethro Tull once when I was 14, that was pretty sick.
Words by Enrique Bazan