Wrapping up its West Coast tour, Sacramento hardcore band Trash Talk left it all onstage at the Epicentre in Mira Mesa. The intensity of the show came from every angle of the room, from the circle pit to the kids flying off stage.

In a contrasting lineup between rap artist Antwon and the L.A.-based hip-hop duo Mellowhype, the crowd for Trash Talk was an eclectic mix. However, another hardcore band, Take Offense, which is originally from San Diego, set the pace for the show as the first to perform. Many Trash Talk and Take Offense fans were present, but several people in the audience were experiencing a punk show for the first time.

Trash Talk’s most recent album, 119, brought several new additions to the short-lived, fast-paced songs on their set list. “Awake,” one of the band’s most intense and popular songs, was two minutes of instrumental havoc. For one of the songs, lead singer Lee Spielman accompanied the fans above the stage as he hoisted himself onto the rafters, while guitarist Garrett Stevenson climbed onto a speaker.

The eccentric front man made positive remarks about the crowd and location. When he asked if anyone came from Mexico for the show, he was handed an ID as proof. Crossing borders seems to be the extent people will go for the energy of a Trash Talk show.

  • Concert: Trash Talk
  • Date: December 21
  • Venue: Epicentre
  • Seats: General

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