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Trip Phoenix

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The best kept secret in music


"NXNE report card review 2003"

Date: June 6, 2003
Venue: Rancho Relaxo, Toronto
Reporter: Stephanie Forrest
Background: straight-ahead rock band
Grade out of 100: 80
progressing well towards world domination
Comment: This performance was thoroughly enjoyable. The music was great and everything seemed to go very well together for this band. The set was filled with hard riffs and rockstar moves. The songs form this band at times were a bit reminiscent of the Stereophonics. The rawness in the singer's voice was awesome and added so much to the music. There was also great guitar work to back it all up. Their rocking music was supported by their rock 'n' roll haircuts and clothes and only added to the show. At the end of the show, the singer was on his back playing guitar after falling over - rock on! -


1992 - Medicine Men - Keepers of the Sacred Flame LP
1998 - Trip Sonic - Ignition LP
2002 - Trip Phoenix - Space Age Superstar LP
2004 - Trip Phoenix - Starchild EP


Feeling a bit camera shy


Trip: a voyage, a journey, especially one undertaken for a specific purpose
Phoenix: a legendary bird represented by ancient cultures as living for over 500 years; being consumed in fire by its own act; rising in youthful freshness from its ashes and often regarded as an emblem of divine royalty, immortality and resurrection; an ancient spirit in a new, vigorous body
Trip Phoenix's voyage began in Montreal, Canada, when British-born producer and engineer Paul Northfield (Rush, Hole, I Mother Earth, Moist, Men Without Hats) took him under his wing and helped him record his first demos with his band Medicine Men at the famed Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec. These early demos led to recording and publishing contracts with a subsidiary of BMG in New York City, counting David Bowie and Gene Loves Jezebel as label-mates. Trip moved to New York to record the band's debut full-length at world-renowned studios like The Hit Factory, The Magic Shop, Electric Lady and The Power Station with Sire Records co-founder and producer Richard Gottehrer (Lou Reed, The Gogos, Joan Armatrading). Medicine Men toured the album in 1992 to rave reviews in America but shortly thereafter, their label was dismantled after internal shifts at BMG. Trip went on to record and perform with various projects as a session guitarist and singer.
Relocating to Toronto in 2002, Trip began working in film and television, appearing in the features Bulletproof Monk, How To Lose a Guy In Ten Days, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, New York Minute, and How To Deal, as well as TV shows like Monk, Blue Murder, Street Time and the Gavin Crawford Show. At the same time, Trip continued playing guitar and singing for several Toronto artists.
In January 2003, Trip put together his own power rock trio. Showcasing at the North By Northeast music conference only 6 months after the band's inception, they were hand-picked to play the NXNE wrp party. Trip Phoenix spent the summer and fall of 2003 at Electric Machine Studios in Toronto with producer Sean Baillie recording their debut EP Starchild. Asked what sold him on Trip Phoenix, Baillie answered: "Brilliant melodies, world-class vocals, great guitar playing, rock star showmanship and outstanding songs." Described by some as psychedelic glam rock for the 21st century, and compared by others to Stereophonics, Suede, Ziggy-era Bowie, T-Rex, Jane's Addiction and the Cult, Trip Phoenix offers a potent combination of classic and modern alternative Rock. Yes - that's a capital "R."
Since his journey began, Trip Phoenix has effortlessly shared the stage with such diverse acts as The Church, Gavin Friday, The Nils, Sons of Freedom, Jackson Browne, Kashtin, Corrosion of Conformity, Catherine Wheel and countless more. In March 2004, Trip Phoenix appeared on two episodes of The Toronto Show variety television series. In May, he was invited to join the bill on the Rock For Tibet benefit concert, in conjunction with the Dalai Lama's visit to Toronto, with Billy Talent, Astrid Young (Neil Young's sister) and Staggered Crossing.
With the May 2004 release of Starchild, Trip Phoenix is planning to tour Europe.