Formed in 2014 and consisting of scene veterans 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). Think 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
[CONNOISSEUR photo by Michael Alvarez]
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
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