The mutation through which music has gone at the hands of the internet has changed our idea of authenticity and the notion of purists. What used to be sell-out is now the paradigm and vice versa. So it’s ironic that a band like Trash Talk can become known as rogues by simply keeping their violent sound unadulterated. Drawing primarily from old crossover era thrash metal and hardcore, they have perfected and slightly updated the techniques of brutality, hiding layers of deceptive complexity under heavily distorted riffs, artillery percussion, and untiring screams. The band have taken full ownership of their vision, publishing their own records and books through their Trash Talk Collective imprint, closely allied with the world of skating. In a review for their 2010 release Eyes & Nines, Pitchfork praised them for “conveying absolute fury,” declaring, “And though you can probably listen to the album more than once on your morning commute, it still works as a full-immersion experience, its sludgy roar hitting hard on a visceral gut-level."
Going into 2011’s SXSW, one of the most discussed acts in heavy music is OFF!, a veritable underground supergroup, boasting members such as vocalist Keith Morris (who served in Black Flag and Circle Jerks) and bassist Steven McDonald (Redd Kross). At first, they present tightly honed punk chops with streetwise inflection, but the complexity these musicians have built over the years soon reveals itself upon second listen. Guitarist Dimitri Coats explains, "There's a dark sarcasm that's prevalent throughout his body of work and it fits with what we're trying to get across with our band." They formed in 2009 and in late 2010 released a compilation of their first four EP’s, with 16 tracks boasting just over a minute’s length each, true OG punk style.Punknews has gotten on board, saying “With 16-minute shows and 18-minute "albums," OFF! is reclaiming what can be absolutely great about punk rock. There's not a millisecond of wasted time, not a single wasted breath, not a single crack of the drums that doesn't drive the music forward. That's”
The Brooklyn quintet Cerebral Ballzy can boast an accomplishment that most punk groups envy: a balance between snark and ferociousness. Often seen playing alongside Japanther and the Death Set, they recall the era of Minor Threat and Bad Brains with remarkable accuracy.