A head full of

The Trip Tak­ers preach ana­logue record­ings and vin­tage lo-fi sounds

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - CB LIVE - By Barry Wright bwright@cb­news.es

COL­LEC­TIVELY, Manuel ‘Man­ley’ Rotella (rhythm gui­tar and vo­cals), Carmelo Gazzè (bass, sitar and vo­cals), Mor­gan Maugeri (lead gui­tar and vo­cals), Simone Di Blasi (or­gan and vo­cals) and Giuseppe Mangano (drums and per­cus­sion) are an Ital­ian garage rock quin­tet that goes un­der the moniker of The Trip Tak­ers.

The project ini­tially be­gan in Septem­ber 2015 when an out­fit called Rev­o­lu­tion Num­ber Six saw the light of day.

The orig­i­nal core tri­umvi­rate of Man­ley, Rotella and Mangano state that right from the get go their sound was in­flu­enced by ‘ob­scure freak­beat and garage bands from the mid-six­ties’.

The band made its live de­but in Fe­bru­ary 2016 and, dur­ing that year Maugeri and Di Blasi were brought in to com­plete the line-up.

They did not be­come The Trip Tak­ers un­til the re­lease of the ex­tended play vinyl bear­ing the same name on Area Pi­rata Records in Oc­to­ber 2017.

The band states that the re­lease was ‘favourably re­ceived by mu­si­cal con­nois­seurs and spe­cialised press’, and re­sulted in them per­form­ing a se­ries of dates in their home coun­try and Ger­many.

On April 30 of this year, The Trip Tak­ers re­leased the sin­gle Jumper Blues and two weeks later were in­vited to per­form at Liver­pool’s Cav­ern Club, as part of the week-long In­ter­na­tional Pop Over­throw Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val was the launch pad for the quin­tet’s first ex­tended Euro­pean tour.

Whilst on the tour they vis­ited Voodoo Bug Stu­dios in Copen­hagen to record some new tracks, which will see the light of day next year.

In this in­tense break-out year for the band, they also or­gan­ised their own psy­che­delic mini-fes­ti­val called Garage In­va­sion Vol. 1, head­lined by them­selves (of course) and backed by a num­ber of ‘im­por­tant DJs be­long­ing to the Euro­pean six­ties scene’.

The fi­nal two months of 2018 see the band re­lease a new sin­gle, All I Want, and em­bark on their 11-date Dusty Roads tour of the Ibe­rian Penin­sula.

Through­out their lim­ited record­ing ca­reer, The Trip Tak­ers have es­chewed mod­ern dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy and em­braced the clas­sic ana­logue record­ing process in or­der to cre­ate a vin­tage lo-fi sound.

The re­sult of this is a band that is unashamedl­y stuck in time, sound­ing any­thing from The Bea­tles, Byrds, Coun­try Joe & The Fish and a whole host of long-for­got­ten Bri­tish In­va­sion acts that pumped out two-minute paeans to the joys of the age, lost love or mind ex­pan­sion.

Prob­a­bly be­cause they have not re­leased that much ma­te­rial - their Spo­tify pres­ence boasts a grand to­tal of eight tunes – there is not much on which to base this pre­view, but it is im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous, and the quin­tet’s main rai­son d’etre is that they are as retro as retro can be. This ranges from beat group sounds such as the lat­est Jumper Blues/An­other One re­lease, to the more ly­ser­gic-lean­ing of­fer­ings on the six track EP, with tracks such as Mys­tic Shore and Above point­ing to an in­flu­ence from the other side of the tracks.

With a sound bor­der­ing on the sham­bolic that was a re­sult of many mid-six­ties ana­logue record­ing ses­sions, The Trip Tak­ers are any­thing but con­tem­po­rary, this is mu­sic from the golden age of garage pop and rock.

Es­sen­tially, The Trip Tak­ers sound like a vin­tage ver­sion of the Al­lahlas.

There are the afore­men­tioned eight tracks on Spo­tify and the band has its own YouTube chan­nel.

Give them a try, The Trip Tak­ers are not just a band for acid ca­su­al­ties, they are the stan­dard bear­ers for the long­gone, two minute, fuzzed out an­thems of teenage angst.

If you like what you hear then maybe a jour­ney to La Gramola in Ori­huela on De­cem­ber 11 will pay div­i­dends.

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