TRASH BAG / SIKES: Split: CD

This is a very curious split. The Trash Bag side of things is all crust and sludge punk right from the start. I was getting into it when track two, Sikes’s “Feed Me,” began. This track was jarring and maybe that is worth something. I did not expect rap-rock almost-nümetal realness that veers into Mindless Self Indulgence territory, but here it is. Trash Bag and Sikes both hail from Pittsburgh, Pa. and it looks like Sikes is the bigger artist of the two so there’s an audience for this, but it ain’t me. If you want some crusty party punk, Trash Bag is for you. If you want to hear what happens if you mix Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, and Mindless Self Indulgence, get into the Sikes tracks. If you want both, call me and help me understand. –Nicole X (Get Hip)