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Trap Them – “Evictionaries” (Stereogum Premiere)

By brandon / March 3, 2011 - 11:24 am

Dark grind-speed, Entombed-loving hardcore punk crew Trap Them’s new Kurt Ballou-produced third full-length Darker Handcraft comes out in a couple weeks and it’s, without a doubt, their best collection to date. Reasons? The group’s gone through more drummers than Spinal Tap since forming in Seattle a decade ago. For Darker, ex-Coliseum pounder Chris Maggio manhandles the kit — his coiled approach makes things especially explosive. That, and frontman Ryan McKenney’s writing his catchiest (and still throat-shredding) vocal lines to date, referencing the Misfits when he feels like it, dropping puns and politics, brutal howls and hollers. Outside of that, you get layers of discordant, but melodic axes that do their part to worsen your tinnitus while coming off extremely catchy, cajoling. It all snarls and kicks with that early Black Flag energy, the crust and forward-charge of d-beat, the heavy and bleak atmosphere of Swedish death metal, and some full-on rock ‘n’ roll energy. They’ve replaced fun, but obviously crowd-baiting breakdowns with swagger and intelligent, real-life hooks. All without losing the visceral pull that got you into them in the first place. See, for instance, shout-along standout “Evictionaries.” Get ready to dance, violently.

Trap Them – “Evictionaries”

Darker Handcraft is out on CD 3/15 via Prosthetic. (It came out 3/1 on limited-edition vinyl, old-school fans.) If you snoop around the Internet, you’ll find streams of “Slumcult & Gather,” opener “Damage Prose,” and “Every Walk A Quarantine.” And here’s a download of the “Where Eagles Dare”-nodding first “single” “The Facts” (via BV):

Trap Them – “The Facts”

Check them out live:

03/09 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott %
03/10 – Providence, RI @ Club Hell %
03/11 – Hackensack, NJ @ School of Rock %
03/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head %
03/13 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx %
03/14 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene St. Club %
03/15 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway %
03/16 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In %
03/17 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s, Full Metal Texas
03/18 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Annex, NE Metal and Hardcore Fest Invades Austin Pt2 %
03/18 – Austin, TX @ ND at 501 Studios, Power of the Riff
03/19 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn, Thrasher Deathmatch
03/20 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music %
04/01 – Karlsruhe, Germany @ Stadtmitte #
04/02 – Koln, Germany @ Underground #
04/03 – Rosswein, Germany @ Juha #
04/04 – Prague, Czech Rep. @ Exit Chmelnice #
04/05 – Bratislava, Slovakia @ Randal #
04/06 – Munchen, Germany @ Feierwerk Kranhalle #
04/07 – Salzburg, Austria @ Rockhouse #
04/08 – Mezzago, Italy @ Bloom #
04/09 – Rome, Italy @ Init #
04/10 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo Werk 21 #
04/11 – Paris, France @ Glazart #
04/12 – London, UK @ Underworld #
04/13 – Plymouth, UK @ White Rabbit #
04/14 – Colchester, UK @ Arts Centre #
04/15 – Tilburg, Holland @ Roadburn Festival
04/15 – Antwerpen, Belgium @ Trix #
04/16 – Sneek, Holland @ Bolwerk #
04/17 – Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang #
04/18 – Lyngby, Denmark @ Templet #
04/19 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Henriksberg #
04/21 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Slussen #
04/22 – Turku, Finland @ Klubi #
04/23 – Jyvaskyla, Finland @ Lutakko #
04/24 – Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi #

% w/ The Red Chord, Gaza
# w/ Rotten Sound, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust

UPDATE: Stream the whole album at NPR.