Anti-harDCore: No Trend C/D?

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fingers crossed for Too Many Humans!

sleeve, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 00:55 (two years ago) link

one year passes...


sleeve, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 21:01 (four months ago) link

Whoa, good for DC (Drag City). $75 tho??

You have seen the heavy groups (morrisp), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 21:08 (four months ago) link

4LP set but yeah that's a bit steep

sleeve, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 21:09 (four months ago) link

OK, here's the full rundown:

This long-needed, utterly essential compilation of No Trend's early years includes their cacophonous first LP, Too Many Humans, BOTH versions of the "Teen Love" EP, plus a CD containing demos and two '83 live shows, plus digital versions of the studio records. Additionally, ALL inserts and ephemera from the original releases and shows that could be collected from the era (and there was a lot) have been recreated to produce a true facsimile of the time. Provided you use your imagination! That's gonna be the hard part. These artifacts defined No Trend's sound and image in '83 and '84, and are responsible for how the band is remembered today: as one of the most toxic, iconoclastic punk bands of the era.

A 42-page booklet was assembled from a variety of sources into a loose oral history, including additional photos, show flyers, contemporaneous fanzine reviews, and interviews with leader Jeff Mentges and No Trend's other surviving founder, Bob Strasser. The box also contains the infamous No Trend "dance" books (presumed lost until recently), as well as several other surprises.

You have seen the heavy groups (morrisp), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 21:26 (four months ago) link

ah my mistake, looks like an LP, an EP, a 7", and 2 CDs plus lotsa ephemera

sleeve, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 21:29 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

It’s cool the box set is getting press, but I’m gonna have to throw a raised eyebrow at this framing (can’t read the article due to paywall, and too lazy right now to clear my cookies):

I took a deep dive into some of the most horrific music I’ve ever loved and got freaked out by how rational it all sounded

2020 is a disaster and NO TREND saw it all coming

— Chris _ _ Richards (@Chris__Richards) May 21, 2020

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Saturday, 23 May 2020 02:25 (one month ago) link

Yeah I wanna check my snobbery but ngl that was incredibly painful to read

circa1916, Saturday, 23 May 2020 22:16 (one month ago) link

His writing has a bit of purple prose these days:

Is it just the same cheapo thrill we get from dystopian sci-fi? A recognition of our fears, followed by a flutter of superiority and the useless comfort of having caught a glimpse of the writing on the wall? If so, it’s more than that, too. There’s a mystery-friction in No Trend’s music that lifts everything out of the gutter of juvenile self-pity and blasts it into that out-of-body exosphere where real terror begins to feel something like ecstasy.

It’s obviously a sound thing, and the best place to start searching for it is in Mentges’s throat, which always seems like it’s trying to feel as much pain as his brain. The relentless repetition in No Trend’s lyrics — written by Price — forces Mentges do grueling work with his airways, pushing hot units of CO2 through a tightly clenched trachea, over and over and over again. This might be the main reason No Trend doesn’t sound completely cynical. When you’re screaming this hard, your face can’t hold a smirk.

Then there’s the bass. In plenty of punk songs, the bass line juts out first, high and clear in the mix, sending a metaphorical message: Here’s the sound of the underground rising up and asserting itself, here’s the hidden truth finally being revealed. No Trend’s lumpiest bass riffs — played by Bob Strasser, Jack Anderson and sometimes Price — all share that declarative, nothing-to-hide quality, even when they’re splashing around in the melody-defiant muck.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 May 2020 05:01 (one month ago) link

It’s like a very ambitious vintage teenage submission.

circa1916, Sunday, 24 May 2020 05:16 (one month ago) link

As a now old guy who saw No Trend then and remembers singer Jeff stopping by my college radio station, not sure I buy this theory ( and I kinda liked No Trend) --

Instead, all of those old punk songs from the ’80s about corporate control, ecological ruin, government malfeasance and the stupid arrogance of American exceptionalism began to sound like prophecies come true. The youthful indignation at the heart of the music was still pumping as hot as ever, but now it sounded wise, too. Maybe hardcore wasn’t a reaction to the times. Maybe it was a warning.

Either way, we should have been paying closer attention to No Trend, a band of outsiders from the bucolic Maryland exurbs who wrote scathing songs about the poison clouds they saw gathering on the horizon.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 May 2020 05:41 (one month ago) link

high-speed American punk made famous by Bad Brains, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Hüsker Dü, Die Kreuzen, the Dead Kennedys

Side note, Die Kreuzen rules, but did they slip into the AAA hardcore shorthand checklist recently or is this guy just being this guy.

circa1916, Sunday, 24 May 2020 09:41 (one month ago) link

they've always been on the A-list, speaking as someone who was there The MRR review of tgr debut was literally just Tim Y saying THIS IS FUCKING GREAT over and over

sleeve, Sunday, 24 May 2020 14:42 (one month ago) link

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