Four Trips Ahead

Four Trips Ahead

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockHard Rock

Loud, melodic hard rock with dynamic, progressive arrangements, passionate vocals and thoughtful lyrics.

Biography

“If it’s something inside, I will let it out today.”

"…And The Fire Within" is the hard-hitting, gritty new full-length release from New York City’s  FOUR TRIPS AHEAD (FTA).

With this album, the band has created their strongest, most cohesive work to date without compromising their artistic integrity. “...And The Fire Within” is produced by lead vocalist Peter Wilson, with tracks mixed by Johnny Nice (Amy Lee, Joel Hoekstra, Rihanna) and Grammy and Emmy Award-winning engineer Nick Cipriano (Dream Theater, Twisted Sister, Erasure, Donald Fagen) at Spin Recording Studios and mastered by legendary mastering engineer Roger Lian (Rush, Muse, Slayer, Pantera, Coheed and Cambria).

"...And The Fire Within" is the culmination of a highly creative and fulfilling period for the band that Good Times Magazine recognized as among “The Best of ReverbNation: Long Island and New York City.”  Combining their exciting, adventurous trademark sound and poignant lyrics with fully realized production, the new songs possess the urgency and maturity that mark FTA as a force to be reckoned with in the modern rock music landscape.

FOUR TRIPS AHEAD roots date back to 2003 when the seasoned New York City musicians first came together in search of a new creative outlet. Instantly, the quartet recognized their common musical interests -- creating heavy, progressive sounds with strong melodies and dynamics. The band soon brought their high-energy music to audiences on the East Coast and throughout the United States, including the CMJ Music Marathon (NYC) and Organic Entertainment’s showcase at the WE Festival in North Carolina, as well as overseas, being featured in notable UK rock publication, Fireworks UK, appearing on several of its issues and music samplers while garnering great reviews and international radio airplay in England, Germany, France and Belgium.  With four EPs and a full length album in the band’s repertoire, their last EP, “Love and Rebellion” debuted at #6 “Most Added” on the CMJ Hard Rock/Metal charts in February 2015, with heavy rotations on American college, commercial and specialty Hard Rock/Metal radio formats including top-ten placements on various major stations such as WBAB, WHFR and WLVR.

FOUR TRIPS AHEAD’s, “...And The Fire Within” explores the struggle for identity, self-reliance and faith in the midst of chaos and conflict, standing apart from much of today's contrived rock releases. Musically, it’s bold, dynamic and memorable while lyrically exploring the aforementioned themes within various characters, trying to make sense of their given lot.   Now step into their world.

FOUR TRIPS AHEAD’s “…And The Fire Within” will be available on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp fall 2016.


Lyrics

A Moment

Written By: Peter Wilson,brian eisenpresser, brian eisenpresser

Kill the pain
watch it die slowly
Leave no trace
sweep guilt in corners.

Send me down
the river reeling
Pride, contempt
I watch you suffer.

Shame and doubt
the badge worn proudly
Closer still
the time regretted.

Send it back
in boxes neatly
Clad in white
you bathe in pity.

A picture seems greater
when it's far away
The closer the feeling
and we've got nothing to say.

If ever a moment
If just for a moment
here I am.

Chance At Life

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

Barbara calls out silently:
“I feel the angels calling me”
But she knows,
That’s not how it goes.
Candace climbs the heightened stairs
Turns the pages without care
And she knows,
She can’t tell a soul.

Her chance at life.

Michael lies, claims:
“It’s alright.”
Clings to pain almost every night,
And he knows,
He’ll cope all alone.

Jeffrey cries,
“This can’t be real.”
Blames himself for the hurt he feels,
And he knows,
He’s not coming home.

His chance at life.

Coming Around

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

When you reject everything I have to offer
Then I reflect and pick up pieces for hereafter.
And I’d call your life
A myth, a lie
No chance, no drive
Settled for denial.

If you see me coming around
Everything you thought you knew
When you see me coming around.

Let it rain, juggle buckets of your sorrow
And it’s so plain, sell out today for tomorrow.
And you need a light
To shine, not blind

Everybody's Here

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

Be a bit mindful
Of what you say round here.
Her mind just can’t face
Can’t face another year.
“You’re just a bit too late,”
He’s says a bit too late.
“You’re just a bit too weird,”
And he reminds me,

Everybody’s here.
Overcome your fears.

(And this time you don’t say you’re sorry)

Be a bit careful
Of what you do round here.
Her heart just can’t face,
Can’t face another fear.

But she reminds me,
Everybody’s here
Overcome your fears.

I’ll wait for you.

The Gift

Written By: Peter Wilson,Dan Cassidy,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

Eight years and change
Nothing much to show for it at all.
Bruised feet, song and soul
Got to dig deep and make a choice right now.

No guarantees
No sure thing
What I have, I’ll bring.

Lifting the weight, held me down
Down for so long, no more.
Cutting the leash
Reclaiming me in this new life I make.

What I bring to you.

Where You Are

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser

When you wake up, you’ll remember
Everything you said.
But when you wake up, it won’t matter
Cause everything is dead.
When you feel love, just be thankful
For all that you hold dear.
When you wake up, you’ll remember
Cause everything is clear.

If only we knew why
We ask only to hear a sound.

I want to know
Where you are
I have to go
Where you are
It’s not the same
You haven’t changed.

Simple acts with simple pleasures
The words get in the way.
Light a path, burn your candle
Soon everything will fade.
When you wake up, you’ll remember
Everything you said.

Find the answers inside
Does it matter now? I’ve given all I have…

Breathe

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser

The crowd shifts along but I don’t care.
Never cared.
It feels so good to see, to watch
Everyone move the other way.
No other way.
The crowd shifts along still I’m not there
Never there.

What if I could
Make you see
What you need
Is to breathe.

No apologies need to be made.

We Wait

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

You’ve never seen her.
You’ve only dreamed her.
A moment’s notice
And then you’ve lost her.

She’ll turn the corner.
She’ll hand you letters.
Each one unanswered:
Return to sender.

This life’s gone darker.
Each day much harder.
We’re held to standards,
Not held together.

What can we offer,
Up to each other?
In a world that’s faltered,
What does it matter?

Wait.
It’s intuitive. This is how we live.
We wait.

Look what you’ve been through
Your arms are battered, bruised.
He’s making you the fool.
It’s not too late to find you.

Safe

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser,Dan Cassidy

No need to create something new
I’ve seen it all before.

When it comes time to sell a star
We know what it, what it takes.

Mediocre make a mess and we all remain unmoved
Asleep, unmoved, asleep, unmoved, asleep.

Bitter, disillusioned many retreat,
prefer solitude.

Asleep, unmoved, asleep, unmoved, asleep.

We all hope to get home safe tonight.

Feel Anything

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

Men in suits will drag you down.
They like nothing too profound.
All I have are songs to sing.
Might mean nothing: they’re everything to me.
Why can’t I feel anything?
Why can’t I feel anything at all?
Feeling hopeless, feel no shame.
Feel indifferent yield to pain.
Say I’m nothing, I say you’re lost.
Yes it’s different: without a care or cost.

Remembering Who I am

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

I think you’re simple.
I think you’re crude.
Deny all logic, subvert the truth.
You wrote the letter, I think I read it.
I think you want it in the simplest way.
This is not what I paid for.
This is not where I live.
This is not what I dreamed of—
Remembering who I am.
It’s looks so different
The office empty
One less paper, another piece of me
You burned the letter, you know I read it.
I think you sell it in the simplest way.
Indifference is what you teach
A difference is what you need.
Indifference is what you seek
The difference is what I’ll lead.

Memento

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

5am
Open eyes, mind is racing.
Never meant, never said
Don’t like what you see.
A gripping hand, a tightened mouth
Armor’s getting heavier.
A gripping hand, a tightened mouth
Newspaper said…
8pm
Riding home, mind is racing.
Always hurt, unfulfilled
Don’t like how you feel.
A gripping hand, a tightened mouth
Newspaper said: “The dream is…”
Neglected thoughts
A tired frame.
Search for something that has meaning.
My dream is…

The Memories

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

All I am is all I prey
All I see is in my way.
Jobless line the city streets
Figure I’ll just take what’s yours.
No rights.
All I am is what I sell.
Rebuke your heroes, just as well.
Warring, counting, needing more
Soldiers come home, shame haunts all.
No rights.
Turn off your lights.
Up until the memories brought me back.
She said.
Up until the memories brought me back.
He said.
If you have answers,
But there’s no questions.
If you bow to masters,
Lap up elections.
If you have answers,
But there’s no questions.
If you bow to masters,
With no expressions.

This Night

Written By: Peter Wilson,Dan Cassidy,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

You said,
“Is it a wonder or a stain that’s upon my heart?”
You said,
“I’d give the world for a chance just to feel true love.”
You fled.
Unable to escape desire that will fill your soul.
But all I have is a piece
Of you, of me, of you.
My breath.
Is it too close? Can you feel how close I am to you?
I said,
“It’s no wonder I’m the stain pressed into your heart.”
One step.
And the walls will sweat, will reel with anticipation.
Room spinning, you’re winning
And all I have is this night.
I’m spinning, you’re grinning
And all I have is this night.

The Escape

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

Morning—that’s what strange.
Feeling what strangers do.
And it’s late—but you just can’t leave.
Cause it’s fate and you’re always on my mind.

And we won’t be hard to find.
And we won’t have much to show.
Right here—it’s time to fly.
Right now—it’s time to go.

Morning—that’s still strange.
Dreaming like lovers do.
And it’s late—but I just can’t leave.
Cause it’s fate and my fears are far behind.

And we won’t be hard to find.
And we won’t have much to show.
Right here—it’s time to fly.
Right now—it’s time to go.

It’s time to go.

Good Times Goodbye

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser, Brian Eisenpresser

Good times I wonder
Good times I blunder
Good times—you shake my hand, fuck around
Everybody just falls in.

Good times I wonder
Good times you plunder
Good times—you hold me down, cover up
And everybody can’t see straight.

Goodbye.
I’m going down.

Good times I feel it
Underneath the ceiling
Good times—you weigh me down, can’t connect
And nobody knows my name.

Good times I hold out
Some kind of bailout
Good times—the man he says we can, we can
We can’t.

I won’t take this.

Step Into My World

Written By: Peter Wilson,Brian Eisenpresser, Dan Cassidy

It’s a matter of making what’s wrong right—
Not meaning much at all.
But they knew they had come too far tonight—
No turning back right now.

He was driven
She was angry
They were deep—they had nothing to lose.

Step into my world.

Pay attention to every step that you take—
And the lies you maintain.
She came to find that the truth is what we believe—
And how much you can hide.

The Escape

Written By: Peter Wilson, Brian Eisenpresser

Morning—that’s what’s strange.
Feeling what strangers do.
And it’s late—but you just can’t leave.
Cause it’s fate—
And you’re always on my mind.

And we won’t be hard to find.
And we won’t have much to show.
Right here, it’s time to fly.
Right now, it’s time to go.

Morning—that’s still strange.
Dreaming like lovers do.
And it’s late—but I just can’t leave.
Cause it’s fate--
And my fears are far behind.

It’s time to go.

Run to You

Written By: Peter Wilson, Brian Eisenpresser

Lonely nights.
Waiting patiently to find
Something more than this.

It’s open now.
The grief I carried through my days
Let it wash away.

When all is lost
There’s much to gain
Find my strength
Confront my pain.
All for love—
I run to you.

Given up.
The vestiges from angrier times
Won’t cloud my mind again.

I’m open now.
Will heart and mind allow me to see—
something more than this?

When all is lost
There’s much to gain
Find my strength
Embrace my pain.
All for love—
I run to you.

And when all hope disintegrates—
Never look over that shoulder.
Cause where you are is where I’ll be.
It doesn’t mean now cause it’s not free.

But maybe forever’s right now.
Forever’s right now.

There's a Time

Written By: Peter Wilson, Brian Eisenpresser

Step-- but it’s open season
Laugh-- just to keep from crying
Last-- but it’s my turn it’s your
Mess--clean it up or get out of the way.

Lies-- just like all your stories
Crimes-- not just endless whining
Crash-- senseless time that’s wasted
Dead-- and you can’t stop smiling.

There’s a time that’s not appropriate
There’s a time to just keep it all shut
There’s a time to give in to your mind
There’s a time to leave your past behind
There’s a time to open up your eyes
There’s a time to not believe the lies
There’s a time to defend what is right
There’s a time to just stand up and fight.

It’s not over.
There’s a time to fight.

Discography

Love and Rebellion EP (2014)
The Memories EP (2010)
Four Trips Ahead (2008)
39th Street Lullabies EP (2005)
The 505 Sessions EP (2003)

Set List

Step Into My World, The Escape, Remembering Who I am, December, Good Times Goodbye, Inside (Let it Out), Run to You, The Descent, Bring Me Down