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Countdown: The Sylvia Massy Shivy Sessions

by Trip Device

Alternative rock with industrial and trance influences
Genre: Metal/Punk: Alternative Metal
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1. Inside I Feel
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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TRIP DEVICE - BIOGRAPHY

Vital Statistics
Bryan Wright - Lead Vocals and Guitar
Steve Slater - Drums and Nerve Center
Steve Ratcliff - Bass and Backing Vocals

Music fans seldom have the opportunity to witness the transformation and rebirth of a musical landmark, yet Trip Device, the San Francisco Bay area's most explosive alternative rock band stands as proof that it is not an impossible undertaking.

Fueled at its core by aggressive melodic hooks and hard-hitting rhythm tracks, Trip Device combines spoken word samples, drum loops, sound effects and other surprises that bear out the band's unique musical identity. Born out of lead singer/guitarist Bryan Wright's previous brainchild Zero2, Trip Device marries a strong technological influence with subtle psychedelia, and counts Machines of Loving Grace, Stabbing Westward, Helmet and The Crystal Method among its many musical influences.

The band roared to life in 2003 with a powerful demo that ultimately brought Trip Device to Radiostar Studios to work with multi-platinum producer Sylvia Massy Shivy [Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, System of a Down, Love and Rockets]. With Sylvia at the creative controls, the band found itself in a richly creative nirvana, and the results of the session were nothing short of brilliant. The band quickly released a critically acclaimed three-song sneak preview of their debut album entitled Countdown: The Sylvia Massy Shivy Sessions with the full-length followup Inside I Feel planned for mid-2005.

Asked about the band's satisfaction with the new tracks, Wright replied "The results are undeniable. I mean, we knew it was going to be great, but what came out of Radiostar completely blew our minds. We are fortunate to work with a producer of Sylvia's caliber. She's extremely good at what she does, and she does it with a lot of passion and energy and you can hear that energy in the tracks. She's amazing."

To complement their artistic endeavors, Trip Device began working with Los Angeles-based Broken Ocean Entertainment, a high-impact artist management and marketing firm. Broken Ocean founder and music attorney Lee Rudnicki summed up his reaction to "Countdown" in 4 simple words that became the catalyst for the relationship: "Trip Device has arrived."

Although Trip Device is well-known for their groove-based hooks and the individual members' technical prowess, they are equally renowned for an overwhelming live performance and eye-popping stage production. An intense computerized lighting system delivers a visceral and luminous punch to the audience's sonic experience. "I live to create," says Trip Device founder and lead singer Bryan Wright. "Whether I'm making music, writing, cooking, exploring new technology or whatever, it's all the same approach. We look at each Trip Device performance as a complete production that focuses on the total audio-visual experience."

That passion for doing what's right for the music is at the core of the band's philosophy. When asked which drummer most influences his playing, Trip Device drummer Stave Slater simply looked at the interviewer in stunned silence. After a long period of thoughtful reflection, he said, "I just play what I want to hear in any song we're doing. I think I'm probably influenced by every drummer I've ever heard, but if I had to pick one, I don't even think it would even be a drummer. It would probably be [hearing-impaired Scottish marimba player] Evelyn Glennie, who performs brilliantly with only the vibrations of her music through the floor to 'hear' herself."

Now, after many months of hard work, a brilliant new sound created by a world-class producer has emerged, and the band aims its full force-and its now-famous stage production-at listeners in 2005.

TRIP DEVICE - CONTACT INFORMATION

Trip Device
268 Bush St. #3346
San Francisco, CA 94104

Booking: booking@thetripdevice.com
Media Inquiries: info@thetripdevice.com

Legal representation: Lee Rudnicki, Esq. (www.drumlaw80.com)
Business and Marketing Consultant: Broken Ocean Entertainment

THE THREE SONGS ON THIS CD ARE ALSO ON THE FULL-LENGTH TRIP DEVICE CD, "INSIDE I FEEL"


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Jonathan

The video of inside I feel
Wow...I have never seen such a dorky video!! It looks so home made. The lead singer looks so unsure of himself and silly. I cannot believe that this band's music is implied as sounding like bands such as the Black Eyed Peas, Beastie Boys or Pearl Jam!!!! NOT! You've got to be kidding! I am amazed at the marketing of this very mediocre garage band.

Powerslave.com

The songs are as good as anything on the radio these days, and ready for prime t
The sound quality of Trip Device’s 2004 demo is so crisp and clear, one could probably hear if a pin dropped in the studio. The guys might drop a pin, if they felt it could contribute to their self-described wall of sound. The songs are as good as anything on the radio these days, and ready for prime time.

Considered as a whole, Countdown could be a mini rock opera tribute to the stages of death or grief. In the beginning is the denial phase, “Inside I Feel,” the inability to let go. Next is the anger that comes from being deceived, “Control Of A Nation.” The depression phase is optional, depending on the listener’s outlook and degree of bitterness. Finally, “Angry,” the bargaining and acceptance phases complete the process. However, the intent may not be three tracks combined as an emotional rollercoaster.

Individually, the tracks each paint their own pictures. Trip Device blend their electronic effects, melodies, force, and poignant lyrics to draw us dreamlike into the songs. Each one is a complete relationship, a complete political manipulation, a complete lesson learned (although the lyric is “too late to learn my lessons here” the feeling is that the knowledge was definitely gained).

Countdown is the first of a set. The next release is yet to be named, but is scheduled to come out this fall. If the follow up is likewise co-mixed and produced by Sylvia Massy Shivy (Tool, System of a Down, Powerman 5000, Econoline Crush, Love and Rockets), it should be quite a piece of art as well.

Mateo

One of the best bands on the West Coast!
I saw these guys in Salt Lake City. These guys are tight! Their stuff is not the kind of music you hear on a pop radio station, although it will be soon. They are inovative and creative. I've really never heard anyone like them, maybe if you took AC/DC, God Lives Underwater, Depeche Mode, Stabbing Westward and combined them all together, you'd have something close to Trip Device!

catchmeifyoucan

This is a band whose music will take your breath away... and leave singing the s
I heard these guys for the first time in Phoenix at a live show, and I couldn't get enough. The music is so powerful and singable... so much heart and talent in this band.

BUY THIS CD... YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED! Read the other reviews here too... they're totally right on.

-Kara