Decibel Magazine is currently streaming Cross Faded, the forthcoming split release between Los Angeles beer battalion TRAPPIST and Oakland weed warriors CONNOISSEUR. The premiere comes in advance of the record’s official release this Friday, September 10th via Tankcrimes.
Writes Decibel Magazine, “Cross Faded is a ripping tribute to getting fucked up. LA’s premier craft beer-themed powerviolence band TRAPPIST (featuring members of Spazz, Despise You, and Infest) join forces with the self-proclaimed ‘full-blown marijuana addicts’ in CONNOISSEUR for a split that delivers both speed and sludge.
Read more and stream Cross Faded in its entirety, exclusively at Decibel Magazine, HERE.
A lethal convergence of fastcore, sludge, powerviolence, and underground hardcore punk, the battering fifteen-track split will be released on limited edition LP and digitally.
Formed in 2014 and consisting of scene legends Chris Dodge (Spazz, ex-Despise You, ex-Infest), Phil Vera (Crom, Despise You, ex-(16)-), and Ryan Harkins (co-owner of popular heavy metal themed burger joint Grill Em’ All, ex-Killed In Action), TRAPPIST has one clear mission: to annihilate the listener with a storm of d-beat, crust punk, powerviolence, and hardcore all in the name of BEER (their name gives a nod to the Trappist or abbey ales brewed by Cistercian monks in [mostly] Belgium)! Picture Discharge style punk and Xeroxed WWII photos with bombs replaced by beer bottles, cans, and kegs. The TRAPPIST tracks consuming Side A were recorded and mixed at Veracuda Studios late 2019 in El Sereno, California by Phil Vera.
Brother Dodge – bass, vocals, zymurgy
Brother Vera – guitars, vocals, endosperm
Brother Harkins – drums, vocals, terpenoids
Self-described as “full blown marijuana addicts from Oakland, California playing really fast and very sludgy at times,” and likening themselves to Earth Crisis if they, “smoked weed and listened to Spazz,” the bongclobbering members of CONNOISSEUR’s exhale raging upbeat/d-beat surges packed with resin-coated sludgedowns and brutal cheeba-charged vocal exhalations that consume the listener in a violently stoned, inescapable haze. Those who burn to gutter-crusted pillagers Plutocracy, Spazz, Crossed Out, and Dystopia, pay heed. CONNOISSEUR’s tracks were recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California in August 2019.
Cris Rodriguez – drums
Kunjan Joshii – bass
Carlos Saldana – vocals
Daniel Hague – guitar