Trash Knife: Trash Life cassette

Endless Daze Records

$4.50

Female-fronted Philly punk that's somewhere between garage and early LA hardcore. Similar to The Reatards, The Germs or Mika Miko. Limited to 100 copies, green tapes with screenprinted covers.

Our take: Man, what is it with Philly lately? How many good cassettes can come from this city in a single month? While it seems like Enamel and S-21, at least, come from the same scene, I could be wrong but Trash Knife seem like a little bit of an outlier. They're one of those bands that's probably a bit too catchy and major-key-oriented to be quickly described (or even dismissed) as hardcore, but they're also way too mean and aggressive to be mistaken for pop-punk. Thanks to the snarling lady on the mic, I'd put this in the same camp as bands like Neighborhood Brats, Bad Daddies, and No Love. In other words, it's punk that's informed by the intensity and straightforward pop-oriented songwriting of 90s riot grrrl stuff, but also by the manic tempos and musical complexity of the last decade or so of DIY hardcore. Rad packaging too, including pro-printed, pro-duplicated tapes and awesome-looking (3-color!) screen printed j-cards. All that and limited to only 100 hand-numbered copies, so don't sleep!
Tags: 10s female-fronted philadelphia punk recommended