Dude Trips take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many artists out there. Here it is the turn of Dude Trips to take on the mammoth interview.

A song that made you want to make music?

Frightened RabbitPoke 

Best rider you’ve had?

Tunbridge Wells – they stacked a bag full of food that lasted the duration of the tour.

Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?

After playing 2 shows in Glasgow in one day, we decided to stop off in Dundee for a night out. Long story short, the hotel wouldn’t let us in at 4am so we resorted to stealing furniture out of a skip, to then light a fire down an alleyway to keep warm. 

Deepest lyrics one of your songs features?

Here’s two cause we have so many: ‘Do you remember the funeral, do you remember that day? Is it fresh like the flowers, the ones that decorated his name’
‘I don’t think I was ready, smallest casket I’d ever seen. Josh it don’t look good on you, more than your girlfriend’s skinny jeans.’

Easiest song you wrote?

Probably one of the old ones, ‘Glory Days’ springs to mind…everything just went smoothly. 

Favourite song in your set?

Silhouette’ but I’m sure that’ll change when the album comes out.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Phoebe Bridgers would be a dream come true.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

As a band it would probably be where we live. We’re about 200 miles north of Glasgow in the arse end of nowhere. 

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Sean Mitchell (drummer) can sing Meat loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell on karaoke without looking at the screen.

Jokes you have in the band?

Inside jokes change from tour to tour, but we have a lot of fun taking the piss out of the accents in the cities we play.

Key to writing a song?

We always write about true things. Honest meaningful lyrics & trusting your gut when a song’s finished would be a few key factors.

Longest distance you’ve traveled to play a show?

The longest distance would of been our first date of our last tour. It took 10 and a half hours to travel from our hometown to Tunbridge Wells. It was the hottest day of the year so it would of been great to be in a beer garden that day!

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit definitely inspired me to pick up a guitar and write lyrics.

New band you’d recommend?

Canada Square are a relatively new emo band that we’re big fans of.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Either Ceres or The Wonder Years would be class! 

Place you’d most like to tour?

America would be a dream come true.

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

‘Find what you love, and let it kill you’ 

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

We’ve all been through personal struggles throughout our time as a band and it became quite clear that the band was mostly the only thing we had left to keep us going. 

See us live at?

You can catch as live on our UK tour which kicks off at Aberdeen – Tunnels on the 8th of June.

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

We don’t agree but there’s undoubtedly some great older music that gives you memories.

Unusual merchandise?

We love unusual merchandise, in fact we have some coming real soon.

Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?

An acoustic variation of a few songs would be great and we plan on doing one in the near future.

What do your fans mean to you?

Everything, as cliche as it sounds we wouldn’t be here without our fans.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

We’ve had no major injuries relating to the band apart from little things like a bass cab landing on Shaun’s ankle. But Scott (guitarist) has had the most X-rays/broken bones outside the band. 

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Scott Burnett (guitarist) no questions asked.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

We’re quite timid and shy so I’d say a koala.

Elizabeth Birt

May 29, 2019

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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