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"Hot Press Album Review - December 2005"

Trip Hazard - Stay (Good Trip Records)
With a couple of well-recieved EP's under their belts and a growing live following, the first full-length release from these Dublin contenders is keenley anticipated in some quaters. Pleased to report then that 'Stay' is as good a local debut as has arrived on the HotPress reviews desk in many a month. Immediatley impressive is the straight-up, gimmick free production-way too many bands are tempted by studio wizardry, especially on their first outing. Also, Trip Hazard's sound is almost impossible to pin down stylistically. Fans of the broad church of indie will find plenty to savour here ('Getaway', 'Fred Astaire'), while those with Go Betweens or American Music Club records in their collection might well marvel at the songwritting prowess, particularly quirky creations such as 'Here We Go'. Occasionally the breadth of their sonic ambition gets the better of them-'Golden Age' might work well live, but not on record. The slow burning 'Blame' has a lovely widescreen, spacious feel with a keening melody, as does the following 'Hurt'. But 'Erase' is the real highlight here, with enigmatic frontman Dave Conway bringing an almost Morrissey-like presence to bear on this highly theatrical number. Stay tuned.........
Colm O'Hare: HotPress Magazine Dec '05 - Hot Press Magazine

"Stay Review - Irish Times 06/01/06"

TRIP HAZARD 'Stay' Good Trip Records
Newish Irish band Trip Hazard released their debut late last year, but it would be a shame to let it drift away into obscurity without giving it something of a thumbs up. One of those hardworking, aspirational types of bands that aren't averse to experimenting, Trip Hazard fall flat on their arses now and again, but they have the spirit to dust themselves off and start all over again, careful not to repeat the same mistake. The debut is full of this sort of bravery: interesting songs imbued with a sense of adventure; rooted within known parameters, certainly, but grasping nonetheless for something different. Songs such as Round and Round, Golden Age and Experience offer astute aural thrills, with most of the remainder eminently serviceable slices of pop/rock. - The Irish Times

"Stay Album Review - Entertainment Ireland - Nov 05"

At first sight, Dublin four-piece Trip Hazard may look like a hundred other local bands - but their highly impressive debut album proves that they've got a sound all of their own. Perhaps it's because their chiming indie-rock has a faintly menacing air to it, perhaps it's because Dave Conway's anguished lyrics sound as if a lifetime of thought has been put into them. Whatever the reason, these twisted tales of broken relationships have a distinctly unsettling effect. As you'd expect from a first outing, the songwriting is a little uneven - but the band's quirky introspection is present throughout, and it all hangs together as a unified piece of work. As long as they can avoid being confused with the dire English heavy metal band of the same name, Trip Hazard should have a very promising future ahead of them - Entertainment Ireland


I Keep Falling - EP
Stumble - EP
Stay - Album
The Next Life - Single (Release Oct'06)

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Trip Hazard emerged from a back garden bunker in Co. Meath around 6 years ago with singer Dave Conway firmly at the helm. Navigating his way through a few line up changes Trip Hazard released their first EP 'I Keep Falling' to very positive critical acclaim. Following up on this success the 2nd EP release 'Stumble' proved to be another hit with the critics and in January 05 the band (Dave, Robbie and Eugene) started work recording the debut album 'Stay'. Along the way Paul Maguire joined to add extra beef on guitars and the recording was released on the bands own label 'Good Trip Records' in October '05 recieving fantastic reviews from Music Mags and National newspapers (See reviews in Media Section). April '06 saw the band back in the studio to record new material for forthcoming EP release, work has also begun on album #2. The new tunes have much harder edge to them, but also the melodies and lyrical depth which has become a Trip Hazard trademark. Demo versions of Daughter Earth and forthcoming single The Next Life have already received national airplay from RTE 2FM (Dan Hegarty) and Today FM (Alison Curtis' Last Splash)

Talking Heads, R.E.M, Teenage Fanclub, Whipping boy, Sigur Ros, Velvet Underground, The Smiths, Suede, Sufjan Stevens, The Walls, The Clash, Buddy Holly, Radiohead, The Ramones, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Morrissey, U2, Sex Pistols, Interpol, The Cure.