Ratking, Cool Off (featuring members from FKS, Holy Smokes, Mondo Drag and Lord Green)
330 E. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA, 52240
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 19 and over
Trash Talk are a band from Sacramento, California who formed in 2005. Trash Talk began releasing a demo and 7 inch vinyl EP on Sell Our Souls Records and as well as a split with Bay Area band Steel Trap in from 2005 to 2006.
During the 2006 year, they later signed to Rumble Records to record their debut album Walking Disease. Trash Talk would later be signed to Malfunction Records
In 2008, Trash Talk went to Chicago with Steve Albini to work on their self-titled sophomore album
They self-released their debut self-titled LP on their own label entitled ?Trash Talk Collective? in 2008.
They have toured all around the world including Japan and Europe, as well as performed in many hardcore festivals in support of their releases.
Much is often made of the relationship between artist and place. A common consideration for sure, yet it seems foolish to appraise any artist without considering the effect of his location on everything from his unique worldview to his understanding and use of the various elements that make up his musical vision.
Consider then what it means to make music in the following landscape: a city famed for its fearlessness and endeavor, struck by despair and shuttered. A city in which delicate, perfumed beauty sits aside rancid, mangled poverty. A city wide eyed and weary, at all times both monument and bulldozer, remaining itself through constant "de" and "re"construction.
That city is New York and the band is RATKING. Wiki, Hak and Sporting Life. While many of their peers seem too content to inhabit the safety of mimicry and pastiche, RATKING's music is best understood as neither reenactment nor recreation, but reaction.
To what, one might ask?
Well, a clip from any one of their frenetic live shows provides an immediate answer: you hear the fallout of a bloated and self satisfied hip hop, the nihilist refrain of dead end punk and the prickly reach for connection that befits their noise and experimental influences. Left with the various remaining bits of all these traditions and the bum-rush scramble of modern
life, RATKING are creating a new reality in every moment, just like every other inhabitant of New York City. While Sporting Life weaves a teeming Big Apple backdrop, Wiki and Hak act not only as our mischievous tour guides but dual ends of our own conscious: one sharp witted, vulnerable and seemingly anti-social, the other feral, poetic and almost philosophical. Call it 'no wave' rap. Call it 'no school' hip hop. Call it RATKING.
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