Trash Talk, William Tyler join next week’s Hopscotch Music Festival
A couple weeks ago, when the bus of Savannah metal outfit Baroness careened 30 feet down a British viaduct, sending the band to the hospital and cancelling the remainder of its European dates, many in the Carolinas were likely more concerned than most. Baroness was one of the hottest names slated for next week’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh. The heroic metal band just released a double-LP opus that plays as a defense of modern rock, transforming grungy murk and hook-enhanced melodrama into something triumphant and rewarding. Unfortunately, fears were realized this week when Baroness cancelled the remainder of its 2012 dates.
But Hopscotch has a history of bouncing back from such set-backs. Already this year they replaced noise-blasted hip-hop outfit Death Grips with an equally interesting choice in the highly regarded rapper Killer Mike. And with Baroness’ slot, they now trade one band popularizing an often polarizing genre for another. Trash Talk, among the most in-demand hardcore acts going, will jet out from California specifically to fill the Hopscotch vacancy, taking Baroness’ place Thursday night at the Lincoln Theatre. With a high-velocity style and a singer that somehow makes brutal snarls feel catchy, Trash Talk is a fascinating and divisive force within its genre and a fitting replacement.
Also dropping off Hopscotch at the last minute are Ducktails and Mark McGuire. One of their spots has already been filled by William Tyler, a magnificent solo guitarist with a tangled and absorbing style and a resume that includes work with Lambchop, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Silver Jews among others. He will fill in Thursday night at The Hive. Hopscotch is still working to make its other 11th hour substitution and will announce it later this week. Shuffle will be sure to take that news into consideration when we release our festival guide on Friday. –Jordan Lawrence