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The Tripping Souls

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Alternative Rock


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"The Tripping Souls - "Don't Waste Your Life""

"While influences may come from the British rock and pop sound...they have a very modern approach."
-Record World Magazine Rating - 3 Stars - Record World Magazine

"The Tripping Souls - "Don't Waste Your Life""

"Fans of British Invasion pop will find much to like here."
-The Noise-Boston

Don’t Waste Your Life

With their second release, these Brit-poppers, on their opening track, hit us with a Jam-like declamatory which resolves into a bass-laden guitar-o-rama with a heavy brontosaurus beat, ending with a neat organ fill. “Sunny Afternoon” continues with the heavy guitar-bass-drum attack, and the remaining songs proceed in crisp procession: a ballad; a space-rocker with trippy reverb; a doomy plaint; a Beatlesesque jangler; a serious love song; an excellent hard-charging rocker (“Mary Jane”); a poppy drone-inflected toe-tapper; a Hollies-like love-lorn rocker, and a sock-o-delic reprise. Fans of British invasion pop will find much to like here. (Francis DiMenno) - The Noise Boston

"The Tripping Souls - The Tripping Souls"

"a strange but somehow familiar fusion of The Beatles and Nirvana."

"...The Tripping Souls is an excellent debut from a talented artist. Give it a listen...score 8.0/10 - KURE MUSIC 88.5 Ames Alternative

"The Tripping Souls - "The Tripping Souls""

"A punk attitude..." -The Aquarian Weekly

The Tripping Souls’ eponymous debut was influenced by frontman Paul Makris’ decade-spanning love of ’60s rock, which he listened to growing up, and British musicians like The Jam’s Paul Weller and Oasis, which he heard during his time in Europe. Because of this, the album genre-hops from Beatles-like simplicity and lightness to Britpop nostalgia.

The EP is only five songs and 20 minutes in length, but it’s entirely rock and roll. “Elevate” opens the album and immediately sets the tone for the rest. It consists of almost grungy-sounding guitars and urges the listener to improve upon themselves. The next track, “The Riverbed,” is completely different, with cleaner-sounding instruments and a more psychedelic theme, though the vocals unite both tunes. “Stand Back” is the most aggressive song on the record, consisting of a punk attitude and the lyrics, “Stand back! I don’t want you around.” The release even recalls Tom Petty with its smooth sound and theme of struggling through love on “It’s Changed.” The closer, “The Place That I Love,” definitely evokes Lennon and McCartney with its soft, upbeat nature and simple lyrics.

The Tripping Souls is a not a revolutionary EP, but it simply modernizes previous styles without causing a been-there-done-that attitude in the listener. The band takes many of the distinctive classes of rock music throughout the last 50 years and merges them into one enjoyable release. They have created a considerable debut.

In A Word: Updated

—by Claudia Morello, January 22, 2014 - The Aquarian Weekly

"The Tripping Souls - The Tripping Souls"

...there is a cool modernity about The Tripping Souls that blends well with its familiar feel. - WLUR FM

"The Tripping Souls Self Titled Debut EP"

...reminiscent of the post-Nirvana mid-’90s scene with a hint of a ’70s Brit-pop-punk hybrid. It’s as if Makris reached back through time, grabbed tattered snippets of memory and wove them into song. - The Concord Insider

"The Tripping Souls: "Narrow Road""

Narrow Road, does everything you’d want a rock pop track to do. It’s vintage sound inspires nostalgia as subtly overdriven guitar rings out behind the harmonies of the chorus. The percussive hits are precise and add great texture to the track itself. Simply, it’s solid rock number that stays true to it’s noticeable British roots.
-Indie, Bikes and Beer - August 30, 2013. -


The Tripping Souls (Self titled Debut EP) link which features singles, "Stand Back" and "Place That I Love":

"Narrow Road" single, released September 2013. This will be included in full length LP/CD scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.

The Tripping Souls are currently receiving airplay on over 60 radio stations nationally (including, but not limited to LA, Berkley, Boston, Cambridge, Portland, Seattle, New York, NJ, VA, PA, TN, CO, AZ, MI, LA, WI, US Virgin Islands, etc). Of those, over 35 stations have The Tripping Souls in heavy or medium rotation. Additionally over 20 stations have the EP under review for their playlist.

"Don't Waste Your Life" full length CD, released in 2014, features ""I Want To Tell You", "Sunny Afternoon", "Narrow Road"



The Tripping Souls

"While influences may come from the British rock and pop sound... they have a very modern approach."  -Record World Magazine - 3 Stars

"A punk attitude..."  -The Aquarian Weekly, New Jersey

The brainchild of New England native Paul Makris, The Tripping Souls’ sound clearly reflects Brit-rock influences—The Beatles, Paul Weller, and Oasis, among others—from Paul’s youth and from his time spent in London. Although Paul’s influences cover several decades, there is a cool modernity about The Tripping Souls that blends well with its familiar feel.

Paul started life in New Hampshire, studying music while he was growing up and performing on guitar, bass, keyboards, and lead vox in various bands throughout his school years. But his path eventually lead him to Chicago for three years where he frequented the blues clubs. Makris soon moved on to Boston, where he could be found at the Paradise Rock Club or somewhere on Landsdowne Street. 

Inevitably, Makris also found his way to Europe, absorbing the sounds of London and Hamburg. Throughout his journey, Paul maintained his focus on music, listening, writing and playing whenever possible.

Paul began recording songs with the legendary Brian Charles (The Sheila Divine, Tanya Donelly, The Figgs) at Zippah Studios in Brighton, Massachusetts in the summer of 2012 and has completed 2 CD's. Produced by Paul and Brian, the music delivers the fresh, melodic sound of The Tripping Souls.

While Paul handled all guitars, keyboards, and vocals on the CD's, the current lineup features Paul on vocals and guitar, Bob French on guitar and vocals, David Breen on bass and vocals, and John Jordan on drums.