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Trash Talk / Weekend Love / Scrap Iron - Trash Talk still kicks ass in a small and sweaty bar
Trash Talk just released their new album No Peace in a world full of war. On their European trek their only Dutch show is in the sold out bar of the Patronaat in Haarlem. Give those guys a small stage and places to climb onto and a crazy hardcore show will happen. These ingredients, pissed off hardcore and an enthusiastic crowd melt together on this hot Wednesday summer night.

First there is time for local supports of Scrap Iron and Weekend Love. Members of the Sludge band Starve were feeling the need to startup a fast eighties hardcore band. They already played fast stuff with Civil Terror and that drummer is also on stage now. The thrashcore part is thrown away; what’s left is fast and snotty hardcore with sometimes a weird noisy guitar part.  Less than 15 minutes later and the set is over to grab some air outside. It’s hard to tell anything more.
Next up is Weekend Love. This band is a bit slower and mixes hardcore with punk and rock n’ roll. It’s not as explosive as Scrap Iron; they opt for the party vibe of punk/hardcore. Halfway through the set it looks like a The Offspring cover is played; this is not. Directly a fast hardcore part is thrown into the mix. I must admit the songs don’t have the best riffs and when a simple bass intro isn’t played tight I can’t hold my attention anymore.

The place is packed when Trash Talk is entering the stage. Vocalist Lee Spielman is directly fucking up the crowd and they are responding directly on the explosive hardcore. Not explosive as in their early days; a part of the sheer aggression is gone for melody and groove in the Trash Talk collective. Still I bet it’s a long time ago it went nuts so intense in Haarlem at a gig. Lee Spielman is still a maniac, climbing on the DJ Booth, the crowd and hanging upside down on the ceiling. His voice is a bit sore because of the long tour in the USA and Europe. With a mixture of old stuff and new songs of No Peace they keep the crowd going for 25 minutes. With the slow end of ‘Revelation’ everybody is moshing for the last time. A quarter after ten the short night is over; everyone can calm down after this sweaty hardcore show.