Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Going to Leeds? Har Har

If you've decided to go to Leeds you have made the wrong decision. Because there has just been a smashing little weekend of music announced down at The Barrels. 

Firstly, on Friday 26th we'll be treated to acoustic sets from Iain Petrie, Le Woodsman's Mark Reid and Roy's Iron DNA's & Ordinaryson's Ian Thompson. It will be a cracking night so get your self down. If I spy you in Leeds Fest photos instead I won't be happy.

Come saturday night, down The Barrels again, for a Roy's Iron DNA DJ set. If you were at our launch night you'll know how good this will be. If not, you're missing out big time! It'll be grand.

Looks like there's also some top nights lined up by StrawPuppet throughout September as well. With some local and not so local acts being lined up to play Friday nights, and some coosty little DJ sets being line up for saturday nights. On the 10th, The Trip will attempt a "DJ set". Expect some top quality tunes. High energy, fast, rocky, lo-fi stuff. Sounds good eh. Come along, dance, laugh at us, whatever. It'll be good.

Keep your eyes peeled for more gigs and stuff and announcements about Issue 02 throughout the coming weeks.  Ta-ra!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011


Good news! The boys from Acrylic have confirmed another DJ slot down in The Barrels, on Friday 9th September at 08.30. Even better news, it's free! Wahey. "Another pint for your gob" as Acrylic-er Chris says. Should be a class night, and if you don't turn up, you'll miss tunes like these getting played loud in your favourite downstairs basement cocktail bar thing.

And a hell of a lot more n all. Get there.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Electric Penelope, EdFringe 2011

I write this while sat watching London, Birmingham, Bristol and supposedly Liverpool go up in flames. So please excuse me if it is a bit shit/rambles off topic slightly.

At last, The Edinburgh Fringe 2011 is here. A whole year since the last one, too long in my view... Friday 5th August was my first visit to brand new Edinburgh venue, The Dissecting Rooms. An old university veterinary school makes a very interesting place for a venue. There's an odd atmosphere when you get inside, you can sense the kind of thing that used to go on in here. The images plastered all over the walls add to that queasy feeling, which miraculously disappears after a few visits to the bar (which was less expensive than I expected to begin with, but the prices seemed to rise every time I went back for the same drink, odd ey). I'm sure it'll become a Fringe favourite over the coming years.

I had made the journey up to see Berwick band Electric Penelope for the first time. What a great night. After seeing the band just this once I have to say I'm totally hooked. They're offering something completely different for Berwick, something which I've never seen in a Berwick band before. Yet, I can't quite put my finger on what that is. Perhaps it's the fantastic presence lead singer Anna Emmins has on stage, Jimmy's guitar playing or the easiness they seem to have. It all seems so natural to them, especially Anna, you can tell she loves it up there by the way she chatters on between the songs. It's great. The fact I'm not really sure why I like them so much, probably makes me like them even more... I think I may have descended into talking in riddles now.

At this stage in writing this, it stopped raining, so I thought the dog would appreciate a little jaunt down to Spittal. It would also be a chance for me to get a break from the incessant coverage of the riots and looting. Strangely I bumped into Anna, and got talking about how fantastic friday was. Like her, I think the only thing that would have made it an even better night,was if more people had turned up to watch them. 

a.) Obviously more people would be introduced to this awesome band, and 
b.) the general atmosphere, and apparently also the sound would have been that little bit better.

I learned a little about acoustics while I was there you see; when you have a lot of hard surfaces (like there is in The Dissecting Rooms) the sound bounces around more, not what you want. But if you fill the place up a bit, there's more soft surfaces for the sound to be absorbed. I think. Always learning you see.

Look out for lots more from Electric Penelope on the web pages and printed pages of The Trip, specifically Issue 02. And pop down to Spittal on sunday to catch them live at the Seaside Festival too. Smashing.

Trip out.  

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


Just stumbled across this little beauty. Can't believe I haven't seen/heard this before. As much as I like the band's new electronic route, it's such a shame they stopped making music like this. Brilliant song, acoustically, and the album version.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011


This should really be a pointless post in a way. As I expect all of you to have seen this by now... But it is not a pointless post in the way that it is full of multi-media wonderment from Xennon Easton, a.k.a. Xbot Skeletor, and Robert, Knox & Wize. Check it out in its entirety; The Loc Lounge Episode 2.

Great music, hilarious and a massive well done to Xbot for getting it done. Great little production. If you want to read more about Episode 2, go grab a copy of Issue 01 of the mag. There's a whole page on it.

Also get excited for Episode 3, The Warehouse Announcement have been confirmed for that.


This is incredibly fun isn't it. That's enough Jarvis, make a new Pulp record.