by Keavin Wiggins
Turner – Trik Turner
This CD has been like a hot potato, it
has changed hands so many times here I can’t keep track and now here it
is back in my hands. The main problem is the reviewers who gave it a listen
come from a standpoint of not really liking the nu-metal/rap-core genre.
antiGUY just handed it back to me and said, “I already own this CD it’s
called ‘Hybrid Theory.’” So I thought I’d give it a listen and see what
The first track “Existence” is pretty catchy;
the chorus has nice melodic hooks but unfortunately it gets redundant after
the 5 or sixth “All My Life I’ve Been Waiting For Something”. The music
isn’t bad at all; in fact there are a lot of potential hits on this album.
The thing that some might find objectionable is the fact that Trik Turner
doesn’t show us any new triks! They more of less copy most of the popular
artist in the nu metal, rap-core arena. You’ll recognize a lot of Linkin
Park here as well as Staind, Korn, POD, Finger Eleven and a lot of Everlast.
In fact, the raps, sounds like they were taken directly from Whitey Ford
Is this a bad album? Not at all, it a natural
release this far along in the trend cycle for nu-metal. Like any genre
that goes through a period of popularity, toward the end of the cycle you
see more and more albums that are basically rehashes of the bands that
made the genre popular. Would it be better if Trik Turner were more original,
of course! But they seem content to “borrow” from other best selling artists
and it does work for them but they run the risk of being called rip-offs.
You think Creed will ever live down the Pearl Jam comparisons? Trik Turner
may suffer a similar fate but then again the reason Creed took off was
the fact that when they came onto the scene, radio guys were hungry for
new music from Pearl Jam and didn’t have any to play so Creed became the
next best thing. With Linkin Park milking their debut album for all it’s
worth, now planning to release it as a remix CD, Linkin Park’s hordes of
fans are hungry for some new music from the group and Trik Turner might
just fill the void for a while.
The bottom line, if you like bands like
Linkin Park, Staind, Everlast and POD, Trik Turner should appeal to you.
Songs like “Sacrifice”, “Existence”, “Friends & Family” “Not Like You”
will find an audience with nu-metal and Everlast fans. People who like
Rap-rock acts like POD and Limp Bizkit should like “New York Groove”, “Temptation”
and “Black Sheep”, just don’t look for these guys to break any new ground
musically or to carry the genre to the next level. If anything they may
help keep the rap-rock boat afloat for a little while longer.
Keepin' it real. For most up-and-coming
bands who blend hip hop with hard rock, that over-used phrase loosely translates
as: "We own all three Limp Bizkit albums, and our manager hooked us up
with a DJ." Trik Turner has a little advice for such acts. On "Let It Rip,"
the opening track of the band's self-titled RCA debut, the Phoenix-based
sextet calculate the worth of performers who pay lip service to hip hop
without backing it up with skills: "It doesn't amount to nothing, unless
you let it rip."
That challenge comes from a band that prizes
substance over style; positivity over posing; and confidence over cockiness.
While each member of the rock-inflected hip-hop group approaches the music
from his own unique perspective--influences range from indie rock to turntablism
to funk--Trik Turner's primary sources of inspiration are old-school hip
hop and firsthand experience. In other words, the urban feel on tracks
such as the arena-ready "Let It Rip," the reality-checking "Friends And
Family" and the Kiss/A Tribe Called Quest tribute, "New York Groove," isn't
an afterthought--it's a precondition.
"The whole rock and hip-hop thing has been
done in the past ten years," says vocalist David Bowers, eyeing an over-crowded
field. "But we bring different elements into that format, and I think we're
deeper lyrically than most of what you hear. It's our own thing. It's a
unique spin on that combination of music, not a carbon copy." "Hip hop
is a beautiful thing, but in a lot of ways it's been abused," adds co-vocalist
Doug Moore. "This album is our way of showing another more sophisticated
side of it. If it's done right, it can be loved."
Trik Turner have been doing it right and
getting love in return since David and Doug formed the band in 1999. Both
MCs have deep roots within the Phoenix hip-hop community, but they wanted
to experiment with a more diverse array of styles. As they brought in musicians
to flesh out their vision, they realized that the players' combined musical
chemistry had created something beyond expectation. "When we first started,
we rocked every day for hours and hours, even holidays," recalls Doug.
"We worked with a lot of different stylistic elements and learned what
we were about as a band."
RCA signed Trik Turner based on the strength
of its 2000 independent release, Black Seas And Brown Trees, as well as
a live show that redefines dynamic. Working with producer Mudrock (Godsmack,
Coal Chamber, Powerman 5000), the group re-recorded many of that album's
prime cuts for its major-label debut, crystalizing their sound's unique
facets for an even harder edge. Lyrically, Doug and Dave set themselves
apart by rhyming with brutal honesty about subjects that literally hit
close to home. On the scathing "Father," they run down a list of paternal
abuse, capping it with the line, "You gave me life, but you never gave
me hope. I don't want to be my own father." And on "Friends And Family,"
Tre Thorstad's haunting nylon-stringed guitar supports an uplifting lyric
that reminds listeners that "nothing else matters" as much as the title
subjects--"even when their minds are against us."
"We're not what I call ABC lyricists, talking
about bitches and blunts," says David. "Our music isn't formulated. It
comes naturally. It's what we feel. And mostly what comes out of me and
Doug is more introspective lyrics--looking within yourself ,and looking
at the situations you deal with everyday." The album's theme is neatly
summed up by the spoken intro to "Let It Rip": "We become what we think
about." If that's true, then Trik Turner has a bright and surprising future
ahead of them. "We still experiment a lot," concludes Doug. "Even though
we've done a lot of big shows and spent tons of time practicing, we still
pick up a mic and we're like, This is something new.' We still don't know
exactly what we're going to do next. It keeps things fresh."
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