A head full of
The Trip Takers preach analogue recordings and vintage lo-fi sounds
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.