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Don’t Trip: Bay Area Hardcore

Originally Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Written by: Anonymous

The Bay Area Hardcore Scene: A Hotbed of Talent

It isn’t a secret that the Bay Area produces amazing bands and has had one of the greatest hardcore scenes of our time. Some of the many bands from the Bay include All Bets Off, These Days, Animosity, and more. Among the many great bands are bands who are just getting their feet off the ground, and that’s where Don’t Trip comes in.

Introducing Don’t Trip: A Fresh Force in Punk/Hardcore

Don’t Trip is a punk/hardcore band composed of four founding members from the Bay Area; Ed on bass, Jack on guitar, Frank on drums, and Albert on vocals. Each member has been (or currently is) in other bands, such as Writing a New Life, Sick and Tired, and Love, Hope, and Fear. They’ve been into music and have been playing their instruments for so long that it only seemed right that these four best friends start something fresh and new; something they could all be proud of and do together.

The Formation and Vision of Don’t Trip

“Don’t Trip was in talks for a long time. We had all been wanting to start a band with Albert on vocals but we never really had time to do it,” Ed has said, “Finally about two months ago, we decided to get it together and start Don’t Trip”. Though the band is quite new, they’ve already made big plans to take this as far as it can go, and talks of a summer tour and full-length are already being planned out.

Recording Ventures and Future Plans

“Currently we only have one EP out titled ‘You Can’t Ruin This!’” Frank said, “We are trying to find a small label or something to put our EP out on Vinyl, like a rad 7-inch or something.” Don’t Trip was recorded at the Atomic Garden studios in Palo Alto, California with Jack Shirley (member of Comadre). “We’ve known Jack for a while now,” Ed says, “He does a great job when it comes to recording bands,” Jack has also recorded such bands as Time’s Up, Love, Hope and Fear, and Heads Up.

Music with a Message: The Essence of Don’t Trip

The band not only knows how to make good music but also wants to provide a message to their listeners, and their vocalist, Albert, has no problem writing his lyrics to express what he is really thinking. “There’s a bunch of fucked up shit in this world, and we want people to know about it,” Albert contributes. Don’t Trip also adds how the scene in the Bay Area is lagging and they “want to give it a breath of fresh air, something new.” Their style has been influenced by the likes of American Nightmare, Mental, and Sick Of It All, to name a few. Don’t Trips sound can also be described as similar to Time’s Up, Panic, Outbreak and Ceremony.”

A Blend of Old and New: The Inspirations Behind the Music

“I just wanted to play more aggressive old school influenced hardcore. I love old New York hardcore bands like Youth of Today, Agnostic Front, and Gorilla Biscuits, and newer hardcore bands like Carry On and More to Pride…I just wanted to try and combine elements of both,” Jack concludes.

Conclusion: Don’t Miss Out on Don’t Trip

The band’s influential roots have obviously made for a good mix and great music. Don’t hesitate to check these guys out.

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